Nepal Forum of Science Journalist (NFSJ) successfully conducted a webinar session on pitching science stories to editors.
Saugat Bolakhe, a freelance science and environment journalist and a member of the organization, was the main speaker of the session.
He described his path into science communication and how he came to write for major worldwide science news organizations. He also discussed how to draft a more effective pitch with a higher chance of success.
The programme was participated by 32 members, majority were Nepali nationals with few other internationals. The session was moderated by Chhatra Karki, Founding President and Program Head of NFSJ.
Dr Sudeep Thakuri, Climate Scientist and Dean of faculty of science at Mid-Western University, addressed the session and emphasized on the importance of good science communication programmes in Nepal.
“Programs like this will aid in raising public awareness of the value of science writing as most people are unaware that science writing as a profession does exist,” he said.
“We need to organize more sessions like these, and perhaps invite international science writers to mentor and groove fellow national writers,” Gobinda Pokharel, secretary of NFSJ suggested.
Bolakhe, the presenter of the session, answered few questions from the audience before an hour-long session came to an end.