Type of training: Journalist Studio in Scientific and Environmental Journalism
Contact: István Palugyai, Program Leader
Phone: +36 1 342 4703 (secretariat of the Journalist Academy)
Address: Andrássy út 101. Budapest, Hungary
Language of training: Hungarian
The main aim of the programme is to facilitate interaction and better understanding of the scientific community and the media. Students of science faculties or young graduates with scientific backgrounds who would like to specialise in communicating science in the media, are primarily targeted by this programme. However participants can be practicing journalists, students of any discipline looking for a specialisation or scientists (often teachers) who would like to broaden their activity by writing. The main criterion is interest in the subject.
The syllabus includes the presentation of various editorial forms in the media, in the written press as well as the audio-visual media. The methodology of scientific journalism, investigative journalism in environmental issues as well as a range of scientific topics such as the background of the major environmental problems are also covered. The emphasis is placed on how to make a scientific topic accessible to a broader audience. Practical assignments include the analysis of media articles and the creation of written pieces on selected topic in different forms. The course also includes editorial practice. A total of 60 hours theory and 20 hours practice. A final thesis, which is evaluated by a small commission of academics and science journalists, is an obligatory element of this programme. The course provides a joint certificate from the “Bálint György” Journalist Academy and the Club of Hungarian Science Journalists.
Period: Organized every second year (or according to interest), October – March. The last course was held in 2007. Classes take place once a week, in the afternoon, 4 hours.
Place: "Bálint György" Journalist Academy, Budapest, Hungary
Tuition Fee: 100 000 HUF (approx. € 390)
Possibility of scholarship: Under discussion the possibility for employees of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences to receive tuition coverage/waiver.
Admission/Registration conditions: To register applicants are required to submit a professional curriculum vitae (university degree or student status required) and a writing-sample of no more than 3 pages. The knowledge of foreign languages is considered a plus.
Number of participants: 15 (flexible according to interest)
Deadline for registration: Beginning of October
Edition Autumn 2008