Some of the developing world’s most experienced reporters on climate change are now working as mentors to junior reporters, to advance the quality of climate change reporting and amplify the voices of those most affected.
The initiative, which started in June, is part of EJN’s Human Dimension of Climate Change project, launched with the support of the Oak Foundation. The mentors work with journalists who are new to covering climate issues, as well as with experienced professionals who are working on in-depth coverage and investigations, to bring climate change issues to the forefront of news coverage in the most vulnerable communities.
Mentors hold weekly conversations with their protégés, working as editors and advisors to craft and review story ideas and reporting techniques.
See some of the published stories below.
Imelda Albano, a mentor who is also the founder of the Philippine Network of Environmental Journalists and the editor of the Environews website, is currently working with four mentees. Between June and August, they published 10 climate-related stories.
Michael Simire, the editor of EnvironewsNigeria, has three journalists he’s mentoring in Lagos. So far nine stories, including online and radio reports, have been produced covering the effects of ocean surges on local populations and problems related to urban issues in the city.
In Colombia, Maria Clara Valencia, a journalism teacher at the Universidad Tecnológica Bolivar in Cartagena de Indias, decided to work directly with students to incentivize them to publish their first stories on climate change. Two articles have already produced by the young journalists. Now Valencia is trying to set up arrangements with local newspapers to see the reportage published.
Some of the EJN partners are taking a multinational approach and connecting with journalists beyond their country. Costa Rican Katiana Murillo is mentoring four journalists from Latin America. Cameroon's David Akana also works with four journalists from Central Africa, where he recently launched the platform InfoCongo.
Tunisian journalist Mona Samari has been working with journalists from her native country, as well as from Egypt and Algeria. One of Samari’s partners on the program, Egyptian journalist Rehab Abd Almohsen, recently published a story about the Islamic declaration on climate change on SciDev.net.
Sampling of Published Stories
Why Nepal has not been able to access funds from Green Climate Change: interview with Climate Change Chief of Nepal, by Pragati Dhakal, Karobar Daily, August 21, 2015 (Nepalese)
UNDP eye on climate investment Fund, Nepal government likely to allow UNDP as the mediator, by Pragati Dhakal, Karobar Daily, August 14, 2015 (Nepalese)
Major river flooding unlikely this year, say experts, by Riwaj Rai, Republica Daily, August 18, 2015 (English)
Too much rain threatening our yield, vegetable farmers lament, by Kayode Aboyeji, EnvironNews Nigeria, July 26, 2015
Food crisis intervention (radio report), by Innocent Onoh, Radio Nigeria Network/AudioBloom, July 25, 2015
Flood warning in Lagos (Radio Report), by Innocent Onoh, Radio Nigeria Network/AudioBloom, July 30, 2015
Dreams, hope as solar powers century-old Lagos island, by Augustina Ogbonna-Armstrong, EnvironNews Nigeria, August 16, 2015
Why investing in renewable energy is a must for Philippines, by Apples Jalandoni, ABS-CBN News, June 20, 2015
Pope Francis reframing the debate on climate change, by Anna Valmero, Philippine Environews, June 17, 2015
South-south collaboration fuels uptake in renewable energy, by Anna Valmero, SciDev Net, June 22, 2015
Country / Region
Name of the mentor
Katiana Murillo, Latin Clima
Maria Clara Valencia
Joydeep Gupta, thethirdpole.net
Mediterranean and North Africa
Mona Samari, Tunisian Environment Reporting Network
Ramesh Bhushal, thethirdpole.net, EJN
Michael Simire, EnviroNews Nigeria
Credit: Internews and Earth Journalism Network