February 11, 2011

Scriptoria Blog

Are you a scientist or a journalist?

Calling all Scriptoria science writing trainees! If you’ve decided that writing about science is more appealing than researching it, you might like to apply to The Economist (yes, The Economist, not New Scientist) for the 2011 Richard Casement internship.They’re looking for a would-be journalist to spend three months of the summer on the magazine in London, writing about science and technology.

“Our aim is more to discover writing talent in a science student or scientist than scientific aptitude in a budding journalist,” says the advert.

Click here to find out more.

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February 10, 2011

Scriptoria Blog

Scriptoria’s nice & easy guide to Flickr

Scriptoria’s new guide to using Flickr has been getting so much great feedback that we thought we’d better create a blog entry so that you can all give us your comments directly. As we’ve said before, we love Flickr as a cheap but highly professional way for non-profits (and anyone really) to store and share their photos with whoever they want. Using Flickr you can store photos in a secure area (so that only the people you give the link to can see them) or, you can share them with the world - by attaching Flickr links to your latest press release for example.

The only downside to Flickr is that it can be a little hard to use when you’re first getting to grips with it. Enter the Scriptoria guide to Flickr, which provides a simple ‘How To’ user guide to quickly tell you and your colleagues how to store and distribute your best photos using Flickr. The Guide is available free for download on our website - just Click Here. And, do please come back and leave us some comments once you’ve started using it. We’d love to know what you think about it and if you find it useful.

And, don’t forget that Scriptoria also produced a Field Guide to Photography a little while ago to help you take better photographs in order to promote yourself. To download that just Click Here. And don’t forget to leave us a comment to let us know what you think. Good luck, and happy snapping.

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February 2, 2011

Scriptoria Blog

Devex calls for aid transparency - Up the revolution!

We at Scriptoria are right behind a campaign launched by Devex to prise open the sometimes murky world of aid money.

“Aid transparency … is a new aid revolution that sees international development organizations releasing more and better information in the name of accountability and effectiveness,” says Devex, the largest provider of business intelligence and recruitment services to the development community.

“With the new transparency come opportunities and challenges for donors and implementers alike.”

Too right. For too long, aid donors and recipients have been able to hide their failings under the cover of confidentiality. Some vested interests will resist, but we agree with Devex that openness is liberating and offers great opportunities, not least to the people and communities who are supposed to benefit.

To back up its campaign, Devex is launching Full Disclosure: The aid transparency blog in collaboration with Publish What You Fund, the London-based aid transparency group.

The blog is entirely user-generated, so add your thoughts to it now, along with donor officials, aid workers, IT experts, advocates and others who are telling us about their struggles and successes in boosting aid transparency and making use of the newly available data.

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