Citizen science projects are great collaborative data collection efforts. Citizens involved in such projects can play a key role when it comes to science information and education, because they investigate matters of public interest, whether local or global.
Generally, they are also more educated than average on the topic they are investigating, and highly motivated in sharing their knowledge with others.
Citizen scientists can become a prime source of information on specific issues, and they can be a valuable ally for journalists, especially data journalists; involving journalists can also be a way to spread word about a project and increase its impact.
But citizen scientists could also learn practices and methodologies from data journalists, in order to use better the data they are producing.
Citizen science and journalists can put together their methodology and experience, both to use data generated within citizen science projects as a source for news stories, and to enhance the ability of citizen science practitioners to communicate their results to their community.
To address these different needs, the “NEWSERA Data and science journalists Lab” is divided in two routes, both held online.
Citizen science practitioners and data journalists work together on how (and when) citizen science data can be transformed into media stories.
It’s a series of three co-creation workshops, with participants from different countries (selected among citizen science projects through the NEWSERA survey) working with a data journalist, a data scientist and a visual journalist.
Data journalists train and mentor citizen science practitioners in how to use their data more effectively and design a data-driven science communication plan for their projects.
There will be a co-creation workshop for each country (Spain, Portugal and Italy), with a small number of participants from citizen science projects selected from the NEWSERA survey, data journalists, a data scientist and a visual journalist.
The 1st workshop for both routes will be conducted during March 2021.
More details on the 2nd and 3rd workshops will be published in the upcoming months.