GATINEAU, QC, Jan. 26, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - The World Federation of
Science Journalists (WFSJ) celebrates five years since the opening of
its headquarters in Gatineau, suite 390, 4 Taschereau Street, on
Wednesday 15 February, between 16:00 and 18:00.
For the first time, the World Federation's headquarter will welcome its
President, Mr. Vesa Niinikangas, from Finland, and the other members of
its Board, journalists and specialists in science journalisme from
Australia, Cameroon, Canada, Guatemala, India and the United-Kingdom.
Beyond the five year celebrations, the World Federation will announce
that it has obtained funding that should soon make it possible the
extension of its training projects in Asia and Latin America.
It is in January 2006 that the World Federation initiated international
mentoring in science journalism through its SjCOOP project, a $4.3
million program initially implemented in Africa and in the Middle East.
Six years later, the Federation is poised to introduce its innovative
approach to Asia and Latin America. SjCOOP is presently funded by the
United Kingdom's Department for International Development - main donor
--, The Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Canada's
International Development Research Centre. Last December, evaluators
from the United Kingdom came to review the project and gave the top
score to SjCOOP.
During its first phase, from 2006 to 2009, SjCOOP trained dozens of
African and Arab science journalists. A second phase started in January
2010 and will conclude in January 2013. In the meantime, SjCOOP should
have started training and networking science journalists in Asia and
Each SjCOOP project is implemented by a team of 15 amongst the best
science journalists who become mentors for 60 journalists interested to
improve their skills at reporting on health, environment, science and
technology. SjCOOP is the largest training activity in science
journalism in the world.
From its office at 4 Taschereau, in Gatineau, the World Federation of
Science Journalists represents 41 associations and manages SjCOOP.
Note: parking space will be available free behind the 4 Taschereau
Building; the gate to the parking will be lifted.
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For further information:
Jean-Marc Fleury, Executive Director, tel: 819 770 0776 / 613 882 6163
Yoon Kim, project assistant, tel: 819 770 0776