Five students. Five reports. Five voyages into the future of the planet. Five students from throughout France have been selected to take the role of beat reporters assigned to travel to five locations around the globe to discover the latest chemistry innovations that will change the world. Called the Chemical World Tour, the social media-driven programme will give the carefully selected and trained young journalists a chance to file a series of video reports that bring unique people insight into the important role chemistry plays in sustainable development projects around the world.
Highlighting chemistry as a profession
The programme is designed as a way for young people to make in-depth discoveries about the diversity of work and professional opportunities offered by the sector, which employs more than 1.2 million people in Europe.
Chemical World Tour organisers
The Chemical World Tour was launched in October 2010 under the framework of French organisations Comité Ambition Chimie*, l’Union des Industries Chimiques (UIC) and the Fondation Internationale de la Maison de la Chimie and in partnership with audiovisual production company CAPA Entreprises.
How the programme works
After taking journalism training, each of the five reporters – age 19 to 25 – has departed to one of five countries on four continents that have been chosen by Chemical World Tour organisers. Each young reporter will be accompanied by a video production editor from CAPA news agency along with a sound engineer and video technician. Reporting on location from between three to seven days, the five journalists must produce and submit reports filmed from October 23 until November 4, 2010. Each budding news correspondent will conduct interviews with chemical industry professionals working on innovation projects and repackage the reports and share each innovation adventure on a blog accessible on the Chemical World Tour website.
Vote for your favourite video report
Five video reports will be available on the website of the tour where viewers can vote for their favourite video on the Chemical World Tour website starting December 6. Viewers can also follow each reporter’s adventure in real time on their respective blogs, which feature their downloaded images, latest updates and stories. Readers are welcome to comment on each reporter post on the Tour's Facebook page.
Where to learn more
Visit the website of the tour (note that the site’s content is written in the French language) or participate in the Chemical World Tour by becoming fan on the Facebook page.
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* Le Comité Ambition Chimie (CAC) comprises of the Fondation Internationale de la Maison de la Chimie, la Fédération Française pour les sciences de la Chimie, CNRS, Société Chimique de France, Comité national de la chimie (Académie des Sciences), Fédération Gay-Lussac and the Union des Industries Chimiques. CAC is the organiser of the International Year of Chemistry in France.