Peer-to-Peer Mentoring of Science Journalists in Asia and Latin America-SjCOOP III

Some 150 journalists from Latin America and the Caribbean and Southeast Asia are upgrading their skills as science reporters through IDRC support.

Since 2006, IDRC has supported the Science Journalism Cooperation (SjCOOP) project in partnership with the World Federation of Science Journalists. Arguably the most ambitious project of its kind, SjCOOP's initial efforts involved promoting the development of science journalism in Africa and the Middle East through an innovate approach of long-term training and peer-to-peer mentoring between senior and junior science reporters.

The approach also involves face-to-face meetings and a variety of support activities. Journalists receive training in their mother tongues. SjCOOP also helps to create and consolidate associations of science journalists in developing countries.

IDRC agreed to provide support to SjCOOP's expansion to two other regions - Latin America and the Caribbean, and Southeast Asia. This expansion will provide at least 150 journalists in these two regions Latin America the opportunity to benefit from mentoring and to learn how to use accessible language to communicate complex scientific information.

Expected outcomes include opportunities for networking and knowledge sharing among science journalists from all three regions. The World Federation of Science Journalists will be strengthened. The funding should improve the capacity of science journalists to influence policy debates and development options on scientific and technological issues.

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Start Date

Thursday, February 9, 2012

End Date

Tuesday, December 9, 2014


36 months

IDRC Officer

Perini, Fernando

Total funding

CA$ 500,940


North and Central America, South America, Central Asia, Far East Asia, South Asia


Networked Economies

Project Leader

Yoon Kim

Project Leader

Damien Chalaud


World Federation of Science Journalists

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