Science policy is one of the most under-reported areas in science journalism. “Struggle With Politics” project wants to change that by pairing journalists with politically active scientists.
From June 2018 through May 2019, six journalists from six nations will follow six scientists who are on a political journey, reporting on the successes and failures of each scientist-activist as they work to educate lawmakers and promote science in political discourse.
The project takes place within the framework of the World Conference of Science Journalists 2019. The selected journalists include two board members of the Balkan Network of Science Journalists:
Vedrana Simičević, Croatia: Simičević will follow Ivica Puljak, a physicist who founded a political party and is preparing for the elections for the European Parliament in 2019.
Hristio Boytchev, Germany (originally from Bulgaria): Boytchev will follow Nil Mutluer, a Turkish sociologist who lost her professorship in Istanbul for political reasons and now works from exile in Germany.
The participating journalists will tell their story in three parts. The first part will be published on www.wcsj2019.eu in the third quarter of this year.
Two journalists who produce the best two projects will be given a full grant (travel and board) to attend WCSJ2019 and take part in a session around their projects. “Struggle With Politics” is supported by the Fondation H. Dudley Wright, Geneva, Switzerland.
The other winners are:
Bruno Massare, Argentina: Massare will follow Roberto Salvarezza, a researcher in nanotechnology and a congressman who fights against budget cuts affecting the science and technology sector.
Lesley Evans Ogden, Canada: Ogden will follow Wendy Palen, an ecologist who pushes governments on issues pertaining to protection of freshwater resources and helps young scientists become politically engaged.
Dyna Rochmyaningsih, Indonesia: Rochmyaningsih will follow Berry Juliandi, a young biologist who opposes new national regulations for foreign scientists.
Núria Jar Benabarre, Spain: During a tense political situation in Catalonia, Benabarre will be following the geneticist Arcadi Navarro, who is Secretary for Universities and Research of the Government of Catalonia.