Deadline: July 17, 2022
According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, 3.5 billion people are highly vulnerable to climate impacts as they experience severe water shortages every year. Rising temperatures and rainfall are leading to an increased risk of exposure to deadly heat stress, severe flooding and the spread of disease to people, crops, livestock and wildlife worldwide.
This training opportunity offers 12 multimedia journalists the opportunity to deepen their understanding of the impacts of climate change at the local level and hone their skills to draw urgent attention to them through news reporting.
It will help participants understand why local leadership is needed to address many of these impacts, and the important role the media can play in shining a light on the adaptation efforts of local actors.
The two-track program aims to strengthen working relationships between journalists and changemakers by training journalists to better report on the subject and improving changemakers’ communication skills to effectively convey their message to journalists.
Journalists and civil society organizations are trained separately, but networking and collaboration exercises are organized for the whole group.
This training opportunity is open to multimedia journalists working in local or national media organizations in developing countries, who have a strong interest in reporting local stories related to locally-led climate change adaptation. With a journalistic angle and an interactive approach, participants will be better equipped to tackle the challenge of climate change both locally and globally.
At the end of the program you will be able to:
Deepen your understanding of the different facets and challenges of climate change impacts on vulnerable communities to produce high-impact, news, features and op-eds Identify compelling story angles on solutions from local communities responding to the impacts of climate change Improve techniques for monitoring climate change facts while using your critical thinking skills to counteract misinformation and build your audience’s trustInterview potentially vulnerable members of the public in a sensitive manner
You will become part of a global network supporting your efforts to advance locally guided climate change adaptation.
*The content of the program can be changed during the course of the training to best meet the learning needs of the participants.
This course is designed for journalists with experience or strong interest in climate change, public policy and/or human rights. In order to better cater to different time zones, priority will be given to journalists from Bangladesh, Egypt, Ghana and Kenya.
Applicants must be full-time journalists or regular contributors to media organizations with a minimum of three years of professional experience. The participant must have a high level of spoken and written English. Applicants must have access to a minimum internet speed of 8 MB/second (you can check the speed of your device by logging into www.speedtest.net). Applicants must commit to participation for the entire duration of the program.
Participants are required to attend 80% of the sessions to receive a certificate.
2-4 August 20229-11 August 2022Recommended participation: During the week of August 15, 2022, one-on-one mentoring sessions and/or masterclasses will be available for participants. 23-25 August 202230 August 2022-1 September 2022 Mentoring sessions for selected participants: From the end of the training sessions until the end of October, selected participants are invited to join the mentoring programme, which includes a grant of £500 to produce a story and one-on-one mentoring sessions with the trainers. Stories must be published by COP27 (November 7-11) to receive the financial grant. Timetable of the sessions: 9:00am – 1:30pm, Ghana time 11:00am – 3:30pm, Egypt time 12:00pm – 2:30pm, Kenya time 3:00pm – 7:30pm, Bangladesh time
After each two-hour workout, there are 30-minute breaks.
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