Frequently Asked Questions
Who is eligible to participate in this workshop?
The 2012 workshop is open to Caribbean and U.S. based Hispanic journalists who are dedicated to reporting on cancer and health news. We are looking for reporters, editors and other media professionals in print, broadcast and online publications.
What language will the workshop be conducted in?
The official language for the workshop will be English-simultaneous interpretation will not be available.
Why do I have to apply for the workshop? Why can't I just sign up?
Space in the workshop is limited in order to allow sufficient discussion between faculty and participants.
What kinds of applicants are you seeking?
The selection committee is looking for journalists and editors who are eager to hone their skills in interpreting scientific findings to better serve the needs and interests of the general public.
I took the workshop before but I'd like a refresher-can I get in again?
Because our space is limited, our priority is to offer the opportunity to applicants who have not yet participated in the workshop. However, we will consider all applications.
I currently work in a different field, but my training is in journalism-should I apply?
Specific experience in covering health or science is not a prerequisite for the workshop, but we do give preference to journalists currently working at a media outlet such as in newspaper, television, radio, etc.
Do you accept editors?
Yes-in fact, we wish more would apply, so please apply and tell your colleagues!
Do you accept communications staff or press officers?
Rarely if ever. Since space is limited, priority is given to health or science journalists whose work reaches a large, lay audience through a media outlet.
How will I know the status of my application?
As soon as you submit your application, you'll receive a confirmation via e-mail. You'll hear from us again via email in December with a decision.
If I get in, what will attending cost me or my employer?
There is no cost for the workshop. Your meals, lodging, and travel costs will be covered by the meeting organizer.
What if I can only attend for part of the workshop?
You must be able to attend the entire workshop, beginning at 8:00 am on Tuesday, February 19, and ending at 5:00 pm on Wednesday, February 20, 2013. Please do not apply if you can not commit to attending the full workshop if accepted. (Accepted applicants will have two weeks after being notified of their acceptance to commit or decline the opportunity, after which open slots will be offered to waitlisted applicants.)
If accepted, how do I make travel arrangements?
You will be contacted by your in-country sponsor who will be arranging and covering your travel costs.