WAN-IFRA Virtual training for science-based reporting 4 to 27 August 2020

Free of cost virtual training for science and health reporting

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WAN-IFRA Facebook project - Virtual training in digital tools for journalists
WAN-IFRA Facebook project - Virtual training in digital tools for journalists

Wan-Ifra India organized a series of training programs for digital journalism that I was privileged to take part in. The sessions were held between 27 May and 2 July 2020 as part of the Wan-Ifra Facebook journalism project. I am not a Facebook person, and one could also say that I am over the hill. Nevertheless, I am interested as a journalist, editor, and B2B publisher in digital news media since part of my job is to write about technology changes in news media. And there is no better way to write about change than to engage in it if one can. 

We often have to describe and explain technology from afar, from press releases and visits to demonstrations, but digital journalism is something we have to do every day. There is no escape from it, so why not learn to do it correctly? Or at least better. The days of just doing your copy and handing it over to someone else are over. The days of only wearing one hat are over. 

To compete or survive in the modern news media environment, you will have to become adept at the tools and some of their underlying concepts. Use your smartphone to make videos, learn to edit them, learn to upload them, and learn to push them on the web, and learn something called search engine optimization.

I can only say that the virtual training was good to excellent, and the teachers’ energy frequently themselves digital journalists, inspiring. The courses on SEO, social media, and digital tools for journalism were especially interesting and generally ran over the time allotted. The fantastic thing is that there are numerous open-source or low-cost tools in the new digital environment that can help digital journalism and news publishing. 

Virtual training for science and health reporting

Now Wan-Ifra is coming up again with another set of series of training programs. The World Editors Forum Asia Chapter, the regional network in Asia for editors within the World Association of News Publishers (WAN-IFRA), is offering a complimentary virtual training program covering six modules to improve the knowledge and practices of generalist journalists in the areas of science and health reporting. This is an important area as specific skills and tools are needed and an understanding of science or evidence-based reporting.

The coronavirus pandemic has challenged news organizations, requiring journalists to respond with immediate innovation and pick up new science and health reporting skills and knowledge on the fly. Journalists have had to manage with scarce resources while working from home and keeping themselves safe from the virus while having to write objectively about ventilators, infection algorithms, herd immunity, vaccines, and the methods of validating them. 

I am looking forward to being part of this training because we presciently started a health technology, diagnostics, and packaging B2B digital and print platform last year called www.healthtekpak.com. And because I am always concerned that a vast country such as ours, hardly has a decent science magazine on the newsstands. We help to produce a lot of science, technology, and math journals. One out of every eight referees of all mathematics journals is of Indian origin, but in our country, we don’t seem to have science magazines for the general public. 

Modules from 4 August to 27 August 2020

This science in the newsroom program offers six relevant modules to help journalists enhance their skills and update their knowledge and create awareness while working during the health crisis.
Module 1: Science, Covid-19, and Journalism, 4 August
Module 2: Monitoring and combatting misinformation, 5 August
Module 3: Data journalism, 6 August
Module 4: Innovation in pandemic storytelling, 25 August
Module 5: Solutions journalism, 26 August
Module 6: Future of the newsroom, 27 August

For more detailed information about the program and schedule, click hereFor registration, click here. The registration deadline, the last date for submitting your registration is 27-July-2020. Only two registrations are allowed per organization. Hurry up! Just one more week to go. Please email or call Vijayalakshmi Murali at WAN-IFRA South Asia. Telephone: +91.44.4211 2893; Cell: +91.8015144190.

The Covid-19 pandemic led to the country-wide lockdown on 25 March 2020. It will be two years tomorrow as I write this. What have we learned in this time? Maybe the meaning of resilience since small companies like us have had to rely on our resources and the forbearance of our employees as we have struggled to produce our trade platforms.

The print and packaging industries have been fortunate, although the commercial printing industry is still to recover. We have learned more about the digital transformation that affects commercial printing and packaging. Ultimately digital will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future.

Web analytics show that we now have readership in North America and Europe amongst the 90 countries where our five platforms reach. Our traffic which more than doubled in 2020, has at times gone up by another 50% in 2021. And advertising which had fallen to pieces in 2020 and 2021, has started its return since January 2022.

As the economy approaches real growth with unevenness and shortages a given, we are looking forward to the PrintPack India exhibition in Greater Noida. We are again appointed to produce the Show Daily on all five days of the show from 26 to 30 May 2022.

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