EurekAlert!, the global science news service operated by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and its sister site, EurekAlert! Chinese, are pleased to announce five recipients of the 2012 AAAS-EurekAlert! Fellowships for International Science Reporters.
The fellowships are intended to help support excellence in science communication worldwide by providing science reporters with the opportunity to cover the latest research, and to network with peers from around the world. Five accomplished science journalists, each from China, have been selected to participate in the 2012 AAAS Annual Meeting (www.aaas.org/meetings), 16-20 February in Vancouver, B.C., Canada. Sponsorship for the 2012 fellowships is provided by EurekAlert!. The fellowship pays for travel, lodging and meals at the AAAS Annual Meeting.
"The 2012 AAAS Annual Meeting will be a perfect opportunity to hear leading scientists' voices on 21st century issues," Yongming Huang, a science journalist with Southern Weekly in China, shared upon receiving the 2012 fellowship.
The fellowships were originally launched in 2004 with a seed grant from the William T. Golden Endowment Fund for Program Innovation. It brought 10 reporters from China to the 2004 AAAS Annual Meeting in Seattle. Subsequent fellowships have sponsored reporters from the Middle East, China, Africa, Central and South America.
The 2012 fellows were chosen by judges from an applicant pool of reporters nominated by their editors at leading Chinese media organizations. Dr. Zixue Tai of the University of Kentucky School of Journalism and Telecommunications, Dr. Shu-Ling Chen Berggreen of the University of Colorado School of Journalism and Mass Communications, and Ms. Xiong Lei, a guest professor at Renmin University of China and former executive editor of China Features, acted as independent judges.
The recipients from of the 2012 fellowships are:
- Yingqi Cheng, science journalist, China Daily
- Yongming Huang, science journalist, Southern Weekly
- Shanshan Li, science journalist, Southern People Weekly
- Shaoting Ji, science journalist, Xinhua News Agency
- Yan Yan, science journalist, Science Times Media Group
"AAAS is the world's largest scientific society. Through attending the annual meeting, I will learn relevant policies and the current research climate in different countries. This will not only give me fresh information about the latest scientific developments, but also broaden my knowledge of the international science community," Yan Yan commented.
The theme of the 2012 AAAS Annual Meeting is Flattening the World: Building the Global Knowledge Society. In keeping with this theme, and the mission of both AAAS and EurekAlert!, the reporter fellowship seeks to promote international scientific dialogue and advance the communication of science news to the global public.
"Attending the AAAS annual meeting, for me, means far more than writing news reports," Qingqi Cheng added. "This fellowship will give me the best chance to communicate with people from every corner of the world."
More information about the 2012 fellowship winners is available at http://www.
The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is the world's largest general scientific society, and publisher of the journal, Science (www.sciencemag.org) as well as Science Translational Medicine (www.sciencetranslationalmedicine.org) and Science Signaling (www.sciencesignaling.org). AAAS was founded in 1848, and includes some 262 affiliated societies and academies of science, serving 10 million individuals. Science has the largest paid circulation of any peer-reviewed general science journal in the world, with an estimated total readership of 1 million. The non-profit AAAS (www.aaas.org) is open to all and fulfills its mission to "advance science and serve society" through initiatives in science policy; international programs; science education; and more.
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