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 from 38 ongoing citizen science initiatives, the NEWSERA “Pilots”, and data journalists work together on how (and when) citizen science data can be transformed into media stories.
A dynamic will allow journalists to get understand some of the basic characteristics and values of the citizen science projects. Focus will be made on each of the 3 components of newsmaking: news, data and data visualizations.
The needs of the citizen science projects will be discussed: what are they aiming at, what the goals and expectations when sharing data with journalists. A common methodology will be defined for all projects on collecting, sharing and “interviewing” the data. A common methodology will be also defined to find and angle to the story and to craft it for the media, the journalists or for digital platforms.
The Track 1 workshop was conducted on July 8th 2021 (Italy) and July 13th (Spain and Portugal); the Track 2 workshop was carried out on January 18th (Italy and Spain) and 19th (Portugal), 2022. The final workshop of the Data and Science Journalists Lab was conducted in Barcelona on November 28th, 2022.
The selection process to enroll as a NEWSERA pilot is closed.