Citizen Science Reporter (CSR) Training for Children
On 21st and 22nd of September, SEACO conducted its CSR training for a group of children in Segamat. 21 children, aged from 10 to 15 gathered and underwent a 2-day training under Maran Perianen, the founder of Citizen Journalist Malaysia (CJ.MY). The children were trained and taught reporting skill such as identifying stories, recording footage, documenting story and editing video on mobile devices. Throughout the training, the children worked as there in a group and managed to produce brief documentaries. 7 brief documentaries were produced with the topic being “Smart Phone Addiction among Teenagers”, “Littering Habit”, “Drainage in Segamat Town”, “Bully”, “Eye Sight Problem”, “Fast Food Consumption and Its Effect” and “Haze in Segamat”.
CSR (Citizen Science Reporters) is an initiative by SEACO that aims to train citizens in Segamat, Johor to identify and report health or science related issue in their community. SEACO has partnered with Citizen Journalists Malaysia (CJMy), a local non-government organisation, to invite and train groups of Citizen Science Reporters from the ages of 10 to adults (including senior citizens). CSRs work jointly with their communities and with SEACO to disseminate the population science generated through the research platform, to relate these findings to human interest stories from within the community, to help identify new population health priority areas from the community’s perspective and report on the community’s perceptions of their involvement in research.