Address

Dar es Salaam
TANZANIA

Contact Information

Call: +255746050686

Email: six.buguzi@gmail.com

Dr. Syriacus Buguzi

Science Journalist | Medical Doctor | Science Communicator |Chevening Alumni 2020/21

Syriacus Buguzi is a trained medical doctor who turned to journalism.

He is passionate about raising the profile of health/medical journalism in his country, promoting medical/health research by empowering medical scientists to communicate their research findings and innovative ideas through mass media as well as making complex, jargon-laden science accessible, understandable and engaging to the public.

Buguzi, with over 6 years of experience as a full time journalist; specializing on healthcare reporting, is the founder of MedicoPRESS, an organization that promotes high quality and independent medical journalism and scientific writing in Tanzania. Through organization, he has mentored several journalists to become health reporters in his country and promoted research works.

He has developed a digital initiative dubbed: MwanaSayansi, a Kiswahili science news portal that is expected to increase access of science information to majority of the lay audience in Tanzanian who prefer to read information their native language. The platform is accessible through https://sayansi.medicopress.media a subdomain of www.medicopress.media

Dr Buguzi has facilitated a number of workshops for researchers on Communicating Science to the media at Muhas where he also plays a key role as a medical communication specialist for Tanzania Medical Journal (TMJ), an academic journal of the Medical Association of Tanzania which is managed by Muhas. He helps convert research into news stories that are engaging to the public and policymakers.

This year (2020), he completed his Post Graduate Diploma in Mass Communication from the University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM), as he pursues his dream of becoming an authoritative voice in science communication in his country; broadening the scope of communication in other fields such as technology, environment and agriculture. He regularly contributes his science articles in the Oxford-based global science news portal SciDev.Net.

After completing medical training and going through internship at Mwananyamala Regional Hospital in Dar es Salaam, Dr Buguzi decided to work as a full time journalist for The Citizen, a national daily newspaper, where he now works as an Assistant News Editor with focus on the Weekend Editions. However, he began publishing in The Citizen from around 2010 as a correspondent and later became a permanent staff. He pioneered the newspaper’s health magazine, Your Health.

He began his journalistic career as a health correspondent with The African in 2009-2010, soon after, he undertook short part time training in Basic Journalism and Public Relations at Maarifa Media Trust in Dar es Salaam.

In 2014, Buguzi won the David Astor Journalism Award – offered by a London-based charity that supports independent journalists in East Africa. He was the winner from Tanzania.

As part of his award program, he was attached to The Independent newspaper in London for a month, working with its health and science reporters, and spent two weeks at The Observer/Guardian UK. Later, he was attached at the Bhekisisa Health Journalism Centre for one and a half months in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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Education

  1. 2020 - 2021

    MSc Science Communication

    The University of Sheffield
  2. 2018 - 2020

    PGD Mass Communication

    University of Dar Es Salaam
  3. Sep 2013

    MD

    Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS)

Professional Appointments

  1. 2016 - Present
    Freelance Science Journalist
    SciDev.Net (UK)
  2. 2015 - 2020
    Weekend News editor / Health Reporter
    The Citizen Newspaper
  3. 2014 - 2015
    Intern Doctor
    Ministry of Health - Mwananyamala Regional Referral Hospital

Awards & Prizes

  • 2014
    David Astor Journalism Award
    David Astor Journalism Award Trust (DAJAT)
  • 2020
    Chevening Scholarship
    UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office