Seeing an enormous need for more education-oriented media within Zambia, SciCom and the Post, Zambia's largest circulated national newspaper, run a column jointly called the "Education Post". This is an education-oriented column that goes out every week to a regular readership clientele of over 50,000.
One full page of this Education supplement is reserved for articles submitted from SciCom.
Articles submitted may be on any scientific or technological topics; the only stipulation is that the concept be explained in simple easy-to-understand language, so that common men can grasp the concept, while being able to appreciate the scientific nature of the topic. The articles range in word-count from 800 words to a 100 words. They may have upto two pictures in them.
The articles are enormously popular locally, and are regularly appraised by local Zambia University professors.
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Paper-based media has limitation in its audience, and its ability to grasp the public's attention. Seeing this inherent constraints, SciCom has expanded to the audio-visual media with a solid collaboration with the Zambia National Broadcasting Cooperation (ZNBC), a television networked watched by virtually all T.V.-watchers in Zambia.
The change in scope, however, does not change the focus of the project; the focus is still on encouraging engagements in careers in science and technology among local Zambians. SciCom seeks to achieve this goal by interviewing top-notch Nobel Laureates at MIT and broadcasting their interviews on ZNBC. These professors are not only smart minds - they have great personal strengths. Hence, they offer a lot to a half-an hour interview, including inciting and a great amount of inspiration the viewers.
We currently hold a Memorandum of Understanding with SciCom; the project is still in it's foundation stages - any help that is available to launch this off the ground, and get these interviews broadcasted would be of great help to SciCom.
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