Climate News Network


Climate News Network and journalist training

Over the last 15 years, the editors of the Climate News Network have together trained more than 500 journalists in over 50 countries.

Hands-on workshops usually last between five and 10 days. The aim is to encourage journalists to deliver real stories in real time for their news outlets. There are interviews, presentations and press conferences with experts, and also field visits. By the end of each workshop, journalists should have produced clear, objective and factual material ready for publication or to be aired on TV or radio.

Ongoing mentoring also takes place through Climate News Network. Young journalists, particularly in the developing world, often struggle to have their work made available to a wider, international audience. The Network provides an outlet for journalists’ stories. Editors work closely with selected journalists, advising on content and style: if the piece is judged to be of Network standards, it will be published and a small fee paid.

At the major Conference of the Parties (COP21) in December 2015 in Paris, the Network held a three day training session for developing world journalists – ‘Understanding the COP Process.’ Access materials from the workshop and other journalist training materials here.

Examples include:

The editors have helped train journalists under the auspices of various organisations including:

  • United Nations Development Programme
  • Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe
  • European Union
  • British Council
  • BBC Media Action
  • Deutsche Welle
  • GRID-Arendal/ICIMOD

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