Cameroonian Appointed Regional Coordinator of Science Journalism Forum for Francophone Africa

Thirty-two-year old Joseph Joslain MBENG BOUM has been appointed Regional Coordinator of the Science Journalism Forum for Francophone Africa (SJF).

His appointment was made public on Wednesday, August 3, 2022, in a circular signed by SAAD Lotfij, Executive  Director  of the Science Journalism Forum (SJF).

SJF is the largest virtual multilingual conference for science journalists, writers, publishers, scientists, students, and academia  from around the world.

Joseph Joslain MBENG BOUM is the first science journalist from Francophone Africa to occupy the presigeous post.

He is a specialist in reporting health and environmental issues , and chairman and CEO of Groupe Échos Santé, a media organ specialized in health reporting.

Promoting Scientific Journalism in Africa

As regional coordinator for Francophone Africa, the 32-year-old science journalist will be responsible for organizing meetings with potential partners and associations interested in collaborating with the SJF.

He will also be expected to effectively promote SJF activities in Africa in 2022.

Aside his role as regional coordinator for Francophone Africa, Joseph MBENG BOUM’s first challenge is to “promote scientific journalism in Cameroon and Africa at large” . He also wants to “ help communities and governments to address health and environmental problems”.

Professional Background

Joseph MBENG BOUM is a holder of several Diplomas in health reporting . He has also attended a good number of trainings in this domain.

The new regional coordinator for Francophone Africa has many awards to his credit, the most recent being a subvention for  #COVID19 reporting.

He is a member of the World Federation of Science Journalists (WFSJ), the Network of Science Journalists in Francophone Africa (RJSAF), the National President of the Cameroon Association of Science Journalists and Communicators for the Promotion of Health (AJCPROSANTE) and chairman of the organizing committee of the Cameroon Award for Excellence in Health.

He is also the publisher of Afrik Environnement journal.

 

Kathy Neba Sina 

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