Editorial Guidelines

CONTENT GUIDELINE

Introduction

Root of Science Media is embarking on a journey to further amplify STEM solutions in Africa through science communication. Our mission is to amplify the voices of African scientists, researchers, and innovators, fostering a vibrant ecosystem for science communication. This content guideline will be used as a comprehensive framework for science communicators contributing to Root of Science Media, emphasizing the exploration of themes, publishing timelines and stages in producing and publishing content at Root of Science Media. 

Mission and Vision

Vision 

Root of Science Media envisions a future where the achievements, innovations, and stories of African scientists resonate globally. 

Mission

Our mission is to bridge the gap in science communication, providing a platform that celebrates diversity, inclusivity, and engagement across various STEM domains. We prioritize content that not only informs but inspires the next generation of African scientists.

Content Types

  1. Root of Science Podcast

The Root of Science Podcast is a dynamic platform for in-depth STEM conversations. We feature experts in climate science, global health initiatives, agriculture innovations, technological breakthroughs, and environmental sustainability. We will continue engaging with our audience through enlightening discussions that bring the human side of science to the forefront.

  1. Articles and Reports

Craft articles that go beyond the surface, providing in-depth exploration, analysis, and commentary. Root of Science Media aims to be a source of reliable information, offering insights into the challenges and triumphs of African scientists.

  1. Visual Content

Visual content is a powerful medium for conveying complex ideas. Create visually compelling videos, infographics, and other visual elements that complement and enhance written content. Through visual storytelling, Root of Science Media seeks to make science accessible and engaging, ensuring a broader impact on diverse audiences.

Themes and Topics

  1. Climate Change in Africa

Explore the multifaceted aspects of climate change specific to the African context. Examine the impact on local communities, ecosystems, and economies. Showcase innovative climate solutions and research efforts led by African scientists, emphasizing both the challenges and opportunities.

  1. Environmental Sustainability

Discuss environmental issues affecting Africa, ranging from conservation challenges to biodiversity threats. Highlight innovative solutions, conservation efforts, and sustainable practices led by African scientists, showcasing the region’s commitment to environmental stewardship.

  1. Global Health Initiatives

Highlight breakthroughs in healthcare, disease prevention, and public health initiatives originating from Africa. Discuss the contributions of African researchers to global health challenges, showcasing their commitment to improving the well-being of communities worldwide.

  1. Agricultural Innovations

Delve into the world of sustainable agriculture practices, agrotech advancements, and their direct impact on food security. Shed light on the role of African scientists in revolutionizing agricultural practices, ensuring a more sustainable and resilient future for the continent.

  1. Technology Advancements

Explore the technological landscape of Africa, focusing on innovations that have a profound impact on education, communication, and economic development. Share stories of how technology is shaping the future and driving positive change within the continent.

Guidelines for Contributors

  1. Diversity and Inclusion:

Root of Science Media places a strong emphasis on diversity and inclusion. Contributors are encouraged to highlight diverse perspectives and voices within each piece, ensuring representation from various backgrounds, disciplines, and regions. Language and imagery should reflect inclusivity and sensitivity.

  1. Scientific Accuracy

Maintaining scientific accuracy is paramount. Contributors must ensure that information presented is factually correct, relying on reputable sources and providing proper citations and references. Root of Science Media seeks to be a reliable source of information, fostering a community built on trust and integrity.

  1. Engagement and Accessibility

To enhance reader engagement, contributors are encouraged to adopt a conversational and accessible tone without compromising on scientific rigor. Break down complex scientific concepts in a way that makes them comprehensible to a broader audience. Root of Science Media aims to make science enjoyable and approachable for everyone.

  1. Storytelling Approach

Root of Science Media believes in the power of storytelling. Contributors should employ storytelling techniques to make content relatable and impactful. Incorporating personal narratives, experiences, and anecdotes can humanize scientific topics, making them more engaging and accessible.

  1. Visual Content Guidelines

For visual content creators, the emphasis is on creating visually appealing content that complements and enhances the narrative. Graphics, images, and other visual elements should align with Root of Science Media’s mission and values, promoting understanding and connection.

Submission Process

Writers are invited to submit content proposals or completed pieces to [email]. Submissions should clearly indicate the intended theme (climate change, global health, agriculture, technology, or environment) and the target audience. Root of Science Media welcomes both experienced and emerging voices passionate about science communication.

Review and Feedback

Submitted content will undergo a thorough review process to ensure alignment with Root of Science Media’s standards. Feedback will be provided to contributors, facilitating a collaborative process for revisions and improvements. Root of Science Media values the growth and development of its contributors, fostering an environment where constructive feedback enhances the overall quality of the content.