Science writers fellowship announced
Dubai, August 2, 2009
The Dubai Harvard Foundation for Medical Research (DHFMR) has announced the opening of the application process, for the third annual Science Writers & Journalist Fellowship Program.
The program, to be held in Dubai from November 16 to 18, will be delivered in collaboration with Harvard Medical School Office of Public Affairs, and The Mohammed Bin Rashid School for Communication (MBR School) at The American University in Dubai.
Through the Science Writers & Journalists Fellowship Program, the Dubai Harvard Foundation for Medical Research will invite 10 to 12 early- or mid-career science writers, medical reporters and print and broadcast journalists (the “Fellows”) who cover science or medical issues, to participate in the three day program.
In collaboration with the Gulf region’s media, press agencies and organisations, the program will work with key individuals at each agency or organisation to identify potential program Fellows.
The program’s immersion approach will enable the Fellows to interview leading HMS and HMS-affiliated researchers and regional researchers currently supported by DHFMR.
The Fellows will discuss the process of transforming scientific research material into a prose or presentation style that will engage a lay readership or audience, while retaining accuracy. Sessions will focus on medical, health and research issues relevant to the Arabian Gulf and Middle East region, as well as on traditional and developing methods of bringing medical news to the public.
“Selected journalists will actively participate in a vigorous three-day programme in Dubai, acquiring skills on accurate, professional and reliable methods of reporting science and health issues,” stated Gina Vild, associate dean of Communications and External Relations at Harvard Medical School.
“The Science Writers & Journalist Fellowship Program will provide the regional print and broadcast journalists with the opportunity to increase the depth and breadth of their reporting on health, medical and scientific developments, complementing Dubai’s vision of creating a hub for world-class healthcare,” added Ali Jaber, dean and professor at the MBR School for Communication at The American University in Dubai.-TradeArabia News Service