Applications Invited for Training on Reporting on Locally Led Adaptation to Climate Change

Antonio Zappulla
CEO Thomson Reuters Foundation

Thomson Reuters Foundation is inviting applications from multimedia journalists working in local or national media organisations in developing countries, who have a strong interest in covering local stories related to locally-led adaptation to climate change, for a training in climate change at a local level.

This training opportunity is open to journalists with experience or strong interest in climate change, public policy, and/or human rights.

The training opportunity will offer 12 multimedia journalists a chance to deepen their understanding of the impacts of climate change at a local level, and hone their skills to draw urgent attention to them through news reporting.

The training is a dual-track programme which aims to strengthen working relationships between journalists and changemakers by upskilling journalists to better report on the topic, and enhancing the communication skills of changemakers to effectively convey their message to journalists.

Journalists and representatives of CSOs will be trained separately, but networking and collaborative exercises will be organised for the whole group. 

At the end of the programme, participants will be able to deepen their understanding of the different facets and challenges of climate change impacts on vulnerable communities to produce high-impact, news, features and opinion pieces; identify compelling story angles about solutions from local communities responding to the impacts of climate change; enhance fact-checking techniques while sharpening their critical thinking skills to counter misinformation and increase their audience trust; and interview potentially vulnerable members of the public in a sensitive manner.

They will also become part of a global network that will support participants’ efforts to champion locally-led adaptation to climate change. The training will take place virtually using the Zoom platform.

To be eligible, applicants must be full-time journalists or regular contributors for media organisations with a minimum of three years’ professional experience; must have a high proficiency level of spoken and written English; must have access to a minimum internet speed of 8 MB/second; and must commit to participating for the whole duration of the programme. To better accommodate different time zones, priority will be given to journalists from Bangladesh, Egypt, Ghana, and Kenya.

There will be training/lecture sessions, one-to-one mentoring sessions and/or masterclasses.

Eligible and interested persons should complete and submit the application form before 6pm BST on July 17, 2022 and provide three examples of their previous work (ideally, articles published on the topic of climate change), either as links or uploaded to this form.

For full details about the training, please visit the Reporting on Locally Led Adaptation to Climate Change page.