28 African journalists trained in the Charles Mérieux Centre Bamako

October 7, 2010 - Bamako (Mali)


Included in the official programme of the celebration of 50 years of independence for Mali, was the training of 28 francophone african journalists by the World Federation of Science Journalists, in partnership with the Charles Merieux Centre in Bamako and Fondation Mérieux, which was held from 13-17 September 2010.

Replaced by political, economic and people themes, science coverage remains poor regarding newspapers and media in Africa as elsewhere in the international editorials.

In order to contribute to the recognition of the work and the creation of national associations, the SjCOOP Project (Science Journalism Cooperation) aims to consolidate, develop and support sustainable Pan-African and Pan-Arab scientific journalists.

As one of three regional training courses pf the SjCOOP Project (a second workshop took place in Nigeria for English-speaking African journalists as well as third in Lebanon for Arabic journalists) the Bamako workshop brought together 16 Francophone African countries to work on the writing articles, reports on scientific and medical subjects and the refining the use of tools such as Skype.

The year has been named ‘Professor Cissé Year’.