The U.S. National Cancer Institute (NCI) presents Cancer Research in the Media: International Workshop for Scientific Journalism, which will be held in the Verdanza Hotel in Isla Verde, San Juan, Puerto Rico on February 19-20, 2013. We invite Caribbean and U.S. based Hispanic journalists to submit an application to join in this workshop where participants will learn the complexities of reporting on health and science topics, addressing the challenges that journalists experience and improving their ability to share accurate cancer-related information with the public.
The Cancer Research in the Media workshop is an opportunity to meet with leading cancer experts as well as highly regarded health and science journalists from both the United States of America and the Caribbean basin.
By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:
- Demonstrate an understanding of basic, translational, clinical, and behavioral cancer research
- Determine the strength of cancer research results and assess the relevance to the public
- Evaluate the source and credibility of cancer research
- Identify resources for finding accurate, up-to-date, cancer research and information
- Write an article synthesizing cancer research results for the public
Participants accepted to the program will be required to submit or obtain the following, which will be explained in greater detail in future communications:
- Submit a signed document of their commitment to participate, along with supervisor approval
- Send a brief description of the top three challenges they feel journalists face when reporting on cancer or health news
- Agree to send work samples they write or produce after completing the workshop
- Comply with visa requirements for travel to and from United States of America
There is no cost for the workshop. All meals and lodging are provided (lodging will be provided only for non Puerto Rico participants). Travel costs will also be covered by the meeting organizers (University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus).
This workshop is made possible by support from, and in collaboration with U.S. National Cancer Institute (NCI); the NIH NCI U54 GRANT #CA 096297 #CA 096300 from the “UPR-MDACC Partnership for Excellence in Cancer Research program" specifically the Biostatistics and Bioinformatics Core; by the NIH NCMHD 8U54MD007587-03 from the Puerto Rico Clinical and Translational Research Consortium (PRCTRC); by the NIH NCRR 2G12 RR003051 and NIH NIMHD 8G12MD007600 from the Research Centers in Minority Institutions Programs (RCMI), University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus (UPR MSC); and by institutional funds by the UPR MSC Deanship of Academic Affairs, UPR MSC Deanship of Administration and by the UPR Comprehensive Cancer Center.