The Development Strand at the 6th World Conference of Science
Journalists aimed to deliver sessions on the role of the media in
reporting on development issues, including food sustainability, climate
change, and tropical diseases, and their importance to policy and
The strand was intended to be of particular benefit to journalists from
emerging and developing countries where these issues are acutely
relevant to their audiences and these journalists need to be equipped to
cover such issues accurately and critically. The Development Strand also
aimed to focus attention of the UK media and journalists from around
Europe and North America on development issues. The Strand was to be an
opportunity to showcase DFID's ongoing support to the World Federation
of Science Journalists' peer-to-peer mentoring programme (SjCOOP) and
to the Science and Development Network (SciDev.Net), through discussion
panels and in workshops.
More broadly, the strand would highlight DFID policy and projects, and
DFID's goal of supporting comprehensive media development (DFID
briefing paper \"Media and Good Governance\" (May 2008)).
This report outlines the sessions of the Development Strand at WCSJ2009,
the results of evaluations done by questionnaire and interviews on the
day of pre-conference workshops (Monday 29th June) and by
post-conference questionnaire on Thursday 2nd July and online survey. It
also includes individual comments from conference delegates and
scholars, including those directly supported by DFID via the World
Federation of Science Journalists peer-to-peer science journalism
mentoring programme (SjCOOP), and transcripts of the Development Strand
podcast by Naked Scientists, and the lunch session organised by DFID on
Thursday 2nd July, \"Friendship or Friction: How the media relates to
the research community\".
World Conference of Science Journalists (WCFJ). Report to the UK Department for International Development (DFID) on the Development Strand of the World Conference of Science Journalists 29th June &#8211; 3rd July 2009, London. (2009) 74 pp.