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Media and Science

“Media and Science in the MENA Region” is a project that supports journalists from Mauretania to Iraq in advancing scientific knowledge by means of modern media and in dialogue with the people from the MENA region. Science is still underrepresented in the mainstream media and only accessible to a relatively small readership. However, the importance to keep the wider public informed about progress and to encourage its engagement in the ongoing discourse on science is considerable.

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  •  Sabry Khaled © Goethe Institut
  •  Sabry Khaled © Goethe Institut
  •  Sabry Khaled © Goethe Institut

In 2021, the Goethe-Institut Cairo offers workshops for science journalists from the MENA countries, providing guidance on the creative possibilities of sharing scientific topics that they feel passionate about with a broader audience. Be it through narrative techniques, ideation, or research methods – a range of modules help participants to communicate scientific knowledge in a comprehensible and innovative manner. That is to say, the more creative and compelling their coverage, the more it will inspire people to take part in public debates on science.
 
The workshops will further enable participants to connect across borders and to establish international contacts. In the digital age, and amidst the uncertainty of an ongoing pandemic, this exchange is more significant than ever. In a digital kick-off meeting, participants will talk about their interests and goals in order to highlight the topics that are of particular relevance to North African and Middle Eastern countries and of concern to young science journalists from the Arab World.
 
In 2021, the Goethe-Institut Cairo intends to hold three digital workshops for print and multimedia journalists who wish to cover science. The workshops consist of various modules that train journalists on research approaches and anti-fake-news action, as well as narration techniques, ideation, and the application of multimedia and mobile reporting. Alongside these journalism essentials, participants can learn how to make science more attractive and accessible for their readership and how to arouse scientific enthusiasm, especially among younger generations.
 
The 14 best journalists will be invited to Germany this summer to join a master class with a focus on mobile journalism. To this end, an expert jury will evaluate the articles submitted by the participants and select winners. The master class aims to promote networking efforts between Arab and German journalists and gives insights into the science newsrooms of German media.

The Goethe-Institut, in cooperation with the German Academic Exchange Service, will also hold a second regional conference in October this year, to which it invites selected workshops participants.

 

This is a project of the Goethe-Institut, funded by the Federal Foreign Office.

 


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