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Video-Journalism for Scientists

Organisers: Universities of Geneva, Lausanne, Fribourg & Neuchatel (CUSO), and University of Basel (GRACE)

Trainer: Dr. Samer Angelone MORE INFORMATION

Links to the workshops Video-Journalism for Scientists

Universities of Geneva, Lausanne, Fribourg & Neuchatel (CUSO Transversal) 2019 2020 2021 2022

University of Basel (GRACE) 2019 2020 2021 2022

Universities of Geneva, Lausanne, Fribourg & Neuchatel (CUSO Microbiology) 2019

Workshop Description

Video-journalism is one of the most rapidly expanding and exciting developments in the field of science communication. Unfortunately, video-journalism lies outside the training of the science academies. In this workshop, we seek to challenge, inspire and train a new generation of scientists to find innovative, creative and journalistic ways of reporting science through film. Video-journalists, the jack-of-all-trades, have many tasks, including pitching, developing and researching stories, producing, shooting and editing videos.


Workshop content

I. Theory and practice

  • Science journalism

  • Stories: pitching, developing and researching

  • Production of low-budget films

  • Screenwriting and storyboarding 

  • Camera, lighting and audio

  • Film editing

II. Workshop projects (Video-reports)

  • Participants (groups of 2-3) prepare video-reports (2-10 minutes long) about the topics that they wish (with science focus or related to science)

  • Before filming the video-reports, participants present and discuss their projects (story, script, storyboard and technical storyboard) in class

  • After filming, participants edit their films together with the trainer

  • The resulting video-reports are screened and discussed in class


Intended Audience

The workshop is intended for master and PhD candidates, in Social Sciences, Humanities, Exact and Natural Sciences. 
Even when participants come from different backgrounds, the chosen subject to be filmed will include all possible scenes which the science journalist may face.

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