Science Journalism in Latin America: Past, Present and Future
C1) Science Journalism in Latin America: Past, Present and Future
Latin America is a region rich in science. Although science here lacks the financial support found in other regions, scientists engage in rigorous and important research throughout the continent. The same goes for science journalism—some Latin American countries have a long history of covering science, while others are new to it.
Through the experience of science journalists from throughout the region (Mexico, Costa Rica, Colombia, Argentina, Chile and Uruguay) we will learn of the science stories they are covering today and their working situation and struggles in the newsroom where science is often not viewed as an important topic.
We will touch some of the common adversities throughout the region such as the lack of training programs for science journalists — and for newsroom leaders — and the confusion and lack of distinction between science journalists, science popularizers, and press officers from scientific institutions or science-related industries.
We will review the main scientific publications or newspapers with science sections in the region and take a look at how the science stories are being told: Are we cheerleaders of science, or critics of it?
This session will be a look at the history and future of science journalism in the region through a review of its present situation.