Scientific Storytelling
Call for Applications for Journalists FROM TUNISIA AND JORDAN

Workshops on the Basics of Science Journalism 
Application Deadline: 1st. June 2020


The Project “Scientific Storytelling”

We like to strengthen science journalism in the Middle East and North Africa, to raise awareness for its importance and to fight the phenomenon of fake news. Our project fosters the relationship between science on one side and journalism on the other side in order to support knowledge transfer to a broader public and to enhance the general response to researchers’ achievements from all disciplines. Therefore, the Goethe-Institut and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) offer workshops in specific skills needed to cover scientific issues for journalists as well as for scientists who aim to present their projects in non-academic media. 

The Workshop

The Goethe-Institut will organize three four-day workshops in Arabic for print and multimedia journalists interested in covering scientific topics. These workshops will take place in Cairo, Tunis and Amman.

Beside the basics of science journalism, the participants will get to know how to make science attractive to the greater public and how to interact and attract the younger generation in particular. But this project is not only about getting knowledge but about broadening the personal and professional networks as well. 

The five best journalists from each participating country will be invited to the follow-up workshop in Cairo in October. The winners will be selected by an expert jury through submitted articles. The workshop will focus on mobile journalism in cooperation with MOJO Egypt, a Mobile Journalism Academy, and the DAAD Cairo Office.

Terms & Conditions

Application Deadline: 1st. June 2020 

Dates of Workshops

Workshop on Science Journalism for Journalists from Tunisia: 01.-04. July 2020
Workshop on Science Journalism for Journalists from Jordan: 22.-25. July 2020

Due to the current situation we assume that we have to conduct the workshop online.

The follow-up workshop on Science Journalism will be held in October in English.

The Trainers

Ashraf Amin
As the Head of the Science and Health Department at Al Ahram Daily Newspaper in Cairo, Ashraf Amin is an experienced journalist covering scientific topics. He was also part of the Journalist Exchange within the framework of the scientific storytelling project. 

Nora Younis and her team from Al Manassa
The online platform Al Manassa covers current and relevant topics by using multimedia elements to create an accessible platform for the Egyptian community.
Nora Younis, Editor-in-Chief of Al Manassa, was the former website managing editor of Al-Masry Al-Youm Daily Independent. Nora covered the Middle East for The Washington Post (2008) and for other international newspapers. Sayed Torky: Investigative editor, trainer and executive chief editor at Al Manassa. Before he worked for Al Masry Al Youm as a reporter and editor, then head of the investigative unit. He joined ONtv as a journalist and tv producer for Akher Kalam daily show.

Who can apply?

 Journalists from Tunisia and Jordan interested in covering scientific topics who fulfill the following criteria:
  • ​A minimum of 2 years of experience working as a journalist
  • Currently working as a journalist in a print or online media outlet
  • Regularly publishing articles (online or in journals/newspapers)
  • Arabic and very good command of English (understanding and reading skills)
  • Strong interest in covering scientific topics
Application Form

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