The Science and Technology Youth Journalism Programme aims to communicate science and technology stories in all the South African indigenous languages and to promote interest in science and technology amongst the disadvantaged youth. The programmes strives to ensure that scientific information is accessible to all South Africans.
Through this programme, unemployed graduates (18 to 35 years of age) in science and technology, communications or journalism are hosted by the community media outlet for a one-year science journalist internship. The South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement places the interns at specific community media organisations in identified municipalities to produce stories for broadcast, online and print media about science, technology and innovation (STI). The interns are responsible for developing popular articles about specific technologies piloted in local communities, as well as innovations developed within these communities.
The Department of Science and Innovation (DSI), in support of scientific research in South Africa, priority areas such as Astronomy, Space Science, Palaeoscience, Bio-Innovation and Nanotechnology and science and technology reporting in the community media, has tasked the South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement with the responsibility to implement Science and Technology Youth Journalism Internship programme.
The programme is currently implemented in all nine provinces in South Africa. The South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement partners with the Media Development and Diversity Agency to identify community media outlets to host interns and produce science and technology stories in all the South African indigenous languages.