NEWF Wild Science Media Lab

NEWF in partnership with The Conservation Symposium invites applications for the NEWF Wild Science Media Lab. The NEWF Wild Science Media Lab is an immersive, cross-disciplinary science filmmaking workshop that brings scientists together to learn and develop effective tools to communicate their science, nature, and/or conservation work.

For three months, the five successful Fellows will attend online workshops to develop their storytelling skills. The first six weeks will be focused on the science of science communication and understanding visual storytelling.

This will be followed by six weeks of story development; the Fellows will meet with a conservation organisation that will share specific conservation work and/or challenges. The Fellows will develop a story based on the conservation work and/or challenge, pitch it to the conservation organisation, and ensure it is production-ready.

The Fellows will then participate in a seven-day intensive in-person hands-on filmmaking workshop, producing the story they have developed. The story will be filmed and edited in a protected area in South Africa in the week preceding The Conservation Symposium.

The film will be showcased during The Conservation Symposium 2022 with a live panel discussion involving the Fellows, and the final product will also be available to be used by the conservation organisation to promote their work or advocate for their cause.

The NEWF Wild Science Media Lab will accept five Fellows into the programme who will each receive a media-making legacy package (including a camera and tripod) to continue their work and impact long after the Lab has ended.

The guidelines for applications are as follows:

  • Early to mid-career scientists and conservationists attending The Conservation Symposium 2022.
  • Scientists and conservationists from the African continent.
  • Preference will be given to applicants from previously disadvantaged backgrounds and/or who are female.
  • Applications must be received by 30 June 2022.

COMMITMENTS: Applicants must be able to commit time in their schedules to attend all online lab (a maximum of six workshops between 1 August and 23 October 2022), the in-person filmmaking lab (23 to 30 October 2022) in South Africa, and The Conservation Symposium 2022 (31 October to 4 November 2022) in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

COSTS: All travel costs to attend the in-person filmmaking workshop will be covered by NEWF Wild Science Media Lab; costs of accommodation in a protected area will be covered by Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife; registration for and attendance of The Conservation Symposium 2022 will be free.

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