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The journey of moving the World Conference of Science Journalists 2011 from Egypt to Qatar was, to say the least, a monumental feat.
So much effort went into moving everything that the organizers had worked on for nearly a year and a half to Doha, Qatar in just three months. It often seemed like an impossible task but today all the pieces fell together. A beautiful reception dinner opened the conference, with over 600 science journalists from around the world coming down to the city of budding science.
While the last WCSJ, held in London in 2009, attracted nearly 1,000 people, the WCSJ2011 this year has the largest number of participants ever from the developing world, making it truly the first global science journalism meeting. Over 30% of the participants come from African and the Arab world actually.
I’m going to try to blog from some of the more interesting sessions here. I’m producing one session on reporting science in languages other than English (with speakers who report in Afrikaans, Arabic and Urdu) while I’ll be speaking in another session about House of Wisdom and science blogging.
Do you report on science in a local language other than English? Share your experience here – it would be helpful while producing the session!