I have not been trained as a media person or a scientist or even as a trainer. I have learned about media, science and about training in a very haphazard manner. Using a large number of resources over many decades. It will take a bit of time to organise the materials that I have found useful in my career and profession. Give me at least the time required to find a structure to this set of pages so that those who land up here don’t get confused.
There are different categories of resources in science, in media and in training. And there are resources that I myself have created. I will also put in the training materials that I use into this section. To created a nested structure so that people can find what they are looking for, without difficulty – not more than 2 clicks – this is the challenge that I am facing.
Ultimately I hope that this section will grow into a virtual workshop for those who want to learn to handle science for media outlets or to handle media for communicating science.
Let me start from my own contributions first –
Broadcasting Science was funded by UNESCO and I had finished it in the present form in 2010 while I was in AIBD. Though more needs to be written and it has potential to grow. Especially since there is a web version that AIBD hosts at www.aibd.org.my/node/82 which has potential to grow and be more comprehensive, like thenewsmanual.net did.
The News Manual is a good link to go to if you are even remotely interested in Journalism. And like, it was not built in a day. Visit it, you will see what I mean.
Poynter.com has also been a favourite of mine. I have learned a lot from there. You will find it useful too. I haven’t taken any of their courses, though. Too costly for me.
But Stanford course on Writing in the Sciences is not too bad and it is free. I confess that I can’t suffer too much of yak-yak. So I quickly read through – since they give that opportunity for the literate population.
Then there is SciDevNet where you will get a lot of practical guides. Not only relating reporting science but also on development issues.
The book on social video started out as guidance and advice to young TV producers to help them produce better quality Educational Television programmes. Chief Producer of Doordarshan in the late ’90s said that it is useful for him to train others.
An NGO in Delhi felt that it would be useful to make the target group a little broader. So I reformulated the content to suit the needs of the agencies that deal with development issues. Some lecturers in Television Production started using the desktop publication as the basis of their course.
When social media emerged, there was suddenly a broader target group that came into being: the citizen journalist. In fact anybody who carry a smartphone and has a computer could become a content producer. So the book went through another revision and the Publication Information Division of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting published it.
It is not unfortunately available as pdf files. You will have to buy it for some 130 rupees.
The book HIV on TV: Getting the Story and Telling it Right has three sections. The first focuses on HIV – its biological, psychological, social, political, cultural aspects. The second section looks at different genres of TV content and analyses the strengths and weaknesses of different genres for carrying different kinds of information targeting different demographics. The third section focuses on the best practices in training of TV producers to deal with HIV issues.