As part of WRENmedia’s ongoing capacity building for African science
reporters, seven West African journalists (print and radio) undertook a
ten-day training workshop in Kumasi, Ghana. The workshop theme was
Farming with Trees, with input from twelve resource people, including
research staff from the Forestry Research Institute of Ghana (FORIG).
Two days were spent ‘in the field’ at the Bobiri Forest Reserve. A
local co-trainer (a participant on two previous better science reporting
workshops) was employed to make contacts and arrangements prior to the
course, and to give logistical and mentoring support during the
Lessons learned included: value of co-trainer, both logistically and to
boost digital editing training capacity; having full formal partnership
with local organisation proved difficult to arrange, but could be
preferred for future workshops; trainees strongly valued the practical
hands-on training format and the 'science safari' time, which allowed
them to be immersed in the theme; technical difficulties with computer
viruses and Windows/Mac incompatibility need to be addressed.
The trainees had a strong interest in the application of science in
everyday life and business. This could form a theme for future
WRENmedia, Eye, UK, 9 pp.