Presentations of the ESMH for journalists in Italy

The ESMH presented its mission, activities and its facilities for journalists. They meet at three important journalism fora this spring. The International Journalism Festival (4 April, Perugia). The 7th national congress of science writers in Italy (19 March, Naples). And the International Science Journalism School (10 April, Erice).

ESMH at the International Journalism Festival 2019, Perugia, Italy

Climate change is a topic claiming significant attention in the scientific community: how can we ensure that media coverage keeps up, and in a “constructive” way? This was the main question the panel “Climate change: how to report on the new challenge of adaptation” on 4 April tried to answer. Guido Romeo (Facta) invited Vitalba Crivello from the ESMH to speak together with Mauro Buonocore (CMCC) and Angelo Romano (Valigia Blu).

The EU Institutions play a crucial role in increasing the efficiency of climate change adaptation policies, by pushing up the overall budget for climate change adaptation policies mainstreamed across all EU funding programmes. In this context, ESMH was invited to voice the importance of communicating sound information not only about this very subject, but also at a broader level on science and tech topics.
The emphasis was on the observation that the growing importance of climate change adaptation policies opens greater opportunities to write news about it but there is a need to move towards a more solution-focused content (constructive journalism), while avoiding negative storytelling, unfortunately abundantly fashionable at the moment.

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ESMH at the 7th national congress of science writers (SWIM), Pozzuoli (Italy)

ESMH at the 7th national congress of science writers, Pozzuoli (Italy)

The opening of the conference “Science and media, between populism and ivory towers – for a critical approach to scientific journalism”, touched upon research integrity and the importance of education to guarantee it. Moderated by Fabio Turone (Centre for Ethics in Science and Journalism), the speakers were Gaetano Manfredi (President of the Deans’ Conference of Italian Universities) and Cinzia Caporale (Centro Nazionale di Rircerca – CNR.) Other panels tackled communication of various scientific issues more closely, ranging from volcanology to ethical aspects of animal experimentation and more.

Silvia Polidori from the ESMH team explained the main activities of the Hub, from trainings for journalists to knowledge sharing, mentioning media monitoring and intelligence. As a result, many journalists expressed their wish to become part of the growing ESMH stakeholders’ community.

The International Science Journalism School, Erice (Italy)

The International Science Journalism School offers an annual opportunity to a group of young journalists to gather in Erice (Sicily) to discuss recent achievements in a specific research filed of subject and related communication challenges. This year, the School focused on “Big projects for science and knowledge”- a perfect context to make the fellows meet the recently born ESMH!
Vitalba Crivello presented the project to the audience of young journalists and science communicators, offered an overview of the main strands of work/projects, by surfing directly on the ESMH webpage.
Due to the specific context, she lingered on the trainings for journalists, detailing the background and purpose of these initiatives and touching upon the importance of the feedback gathered so far from the media professionals who have attended the ESMH previous seminars.

She took the occasion to briefly talk about the coming ESMH summer school for young journalists, the first of this kind. The summer school “AI and journalism” will take place in Strasbourg from 4 to 7 June 2019.

The presentation of the Hub talk was followed by a considerable amount of positive remarks and encouraging comments on the ambition of the ESMH project, but keeping in mind the different angles and attitudes possibly taken by policy makers and journalists and scientists. In particular, some fellow journalists expressed the hope that ESMH could become an umbrella for all EU initiatives working in the same direction: communicating better science to all!
More concretely, some fellows expressed an enthusiasm to keep informed about ESMH initiatives and possibly become our working partners.

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