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EurekAlert! Announces 2021 International Science Reporter Fellows

Clockwise from bottom left: the winners of the 2021 EurekAlert! Fellowships for International Science Reporters are Mouttasem Albarodi (Egypt), Bruno Vaiano (Brazil), Luyi Xu (China), Panos Tsimboukis (Greece), and Vishwam Sankaran (India).
The winners of the 2021 EurekAlert! Fellowships for International Science Reporters are, clockwise from bottom left: Mouttasem Albarodi, Bruno Vaiano, Luyi Xu, Panos Tsimboukis and Vishwam Sankaran. | EurekAlert!/AAAS

AAAS’ EurekAlert! has announced the five early-career science journalists who have earned 2021 EurekAlert! Fellowships for International Science Reporters.

The 2021 fellows are:

  • Mouttasem Albarodi, freelance, Egypt
  • Vishwam Sankaran, The Independent, India
  • Panos Tsimboukis, TO VIMA, Greece
  • Bruno Vaiano, Superinteressante, Brazil
  • Luyi Xu, Caixin Media, China

The fellowships, launched in 2004 with the goal of advancing science communication globally, support early-career science reporters from emerging economies in the Global South by giving them opportunities to cover scientific research and network with their peers at AAAS Annual Meetings.

“Broad communication of science lies at the heart of everything we do at EurekAlert! – from serving reporters and press officers in 99 countries to delivering public information officer workshops in China,” said Jennifer Holshue, deputy director of editorial operations of EurekAlert!, an editorially independent news release distribution platform service operated by AAAS to enable the sharing of science news. The service, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this summer, reaches tens of thousands of journalists, publishers and research institutions.

“The early-career reporter fellowship program, now in its 17th year, helps to further underscore our mission to foster science journalism globally, and AAAS's overarching goal of advancing science and serving society,” Holshue added.

Since 2004, 83 fellowships have been awarded to early-career journalists from Africa, Central and South America, the Middle East, India, China and the Balkan region.

Applicants, who must have no more than five years of professional science journalism experience, submit published writing samples, a recommendation letter and an original essay. Winners are selected by an independent panel of judges from around the world – who deeply understand the importance of informed, accessible science journalism.

“Scientific research, new technologies, environment and climate change, these aren't just science stories,” said fellowship judge Milica Momčilović, president of the World Federation of Science Journalists. “They play a major role in key political, economic, cultural and social policy discussions, as well as in public dialogue. Science issues are especially important to cover nowadays.”

The 2021 fellows bring a breadth of experience in science journalism. Many have freelanced and blogged about science, while Mouttasem Albarodi served as “meme creator” for PopSci Arabia, a role in which he created viral images to explain scientific concepts. Fellows also bring a broad range of motivations to their work, from fueling their own curiosity to seeking to share stories of the human side of science.

“I will be very happy to meet science journalists from all over the world and from diverse media outlets who seek to find new ways to cover topics at the intersection of science and society,” said Panos Tsimboukis, a science reporter with Greece's TO VIMA newspaper. “The AAAS Annual Meeting is a real opportunity for me to expand my horizons since it is a worldwide recognized conference gathering scientists, policy makers and science journalists.”

Fellowship winners receive travel and accommodations for in-person attendance at a future AAAS Annual Meeting of their choice, including the 2022 Meeting, which will be a hybrid meeting with in-person components in Philadelphia.

For more information about the 2021 fellows, the judging panel and the history of the fellowships, see the EurekAlert! announcement.


Andrea Korte

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