An article by recent STJR graduate Bernard Appiah has been
recognized as the most-read article appearing on the Science
and Development Network website (SciDev.Net) in 2012.
article, titled "Intercropping 'boosts maize yields by 50 per
cent,'" achieved this status despite being published late in the
year. The article
"went viral" on reddit.com, generating more than 200 comments
in just a few days.
The article focused on intercropping in Malawi and
Zambia. Intercropping is the growing of two or more crops together
to increase overall yield.
"[The STJR] program prepared me to write in a very concise
manner," says Bernard of how his STJR skills helped him produce the
popular article. "I learned the value of word counts, of
having different perspectives to provide context, and how to pitch
Bernard received an MS in science and technology journalism from
Texas A&M University in 2010. He is now is a doctoral student
in public health.