The Himalayan Climate Change Adaptation Programme (HICAP) is a pioneering collaboration among three organizations – CICERO, ICIMOD, and GRID-Arendal – aimed at contributing to enhanced resilience of mountain communities, particularly women, through improved understanding of vulnerabilities, opportunities, and potentials for adaptation. Under HICAP’s communications and outreach component, GRID-Arendal and ICIMOD will hold a training workshop for journalists from 28 September to 3 October 2015 in Kathmandu and the surrounding foothills of Nepal.
To improve creative thinking, scientific accuracy, and effective communication on adaptation to climate change in a local and national context.
The primary focus will be on vulnerability and adaptation to climate change, including a focus on water, food security, ecosystems services, vulnerability, and the role of women in climate change adaptation. As media can play a critical role in influencing public opinion and triggering debate on policy issues, the training will also focus on interacting and engaging with senior policy advisors and policy makers on relevant themes. In light of the earthquake in Nepal, which caused over 8,500 deaths and widespread damage to housing, infrastructure, and agricultural systems, the workshop will also incorporate disaster risk reduction as one of the key elements for discussion.
The workshop will bring together highly motivated journalists from China, India, Nepal, and Pakistan who are currently working with various media, including broadcast, print, web, video, and photo journalism. Special attention will be given to photo and radio journalists. The workshop will be conducted by two experienced trainers, both international senior reporters.
Over the six-day workshop in Kathmandu and Kavre Palanchowk District in Nepal, the trainers will guide participants in the art of formulating, compiling, and editing compelling stories. Through the training, it is expected that participants will:
One day in Kathmandu will be dedicated to familiarization and discussion of journalistic techniques and information gathering. This will continue with a three-day field trip, bringing the journalists to destinations than they may not be familiar with from their everyday reporting. The final two days will be spent interacting with senior policy advisers and finalizing the stories. A dedicated session with senior policy advisors and social scientists will focus on identifying key local issues and their possible implications in appropriate policy formulations.
By the end of the workshop, journalists will have prepared relevant stories ready for publication and shared these with the facilitators. After the workshop, three participating journalists will be awarded with a grant for developing other stories.
All applications will be reviewed by a selection committee. Only successful applicants will be notified by email by 1 September 2015.
If you have problems in submitting the form or have questions specific to the workshop, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Training Workshop for Journalists in Assam, India
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To be considered for participation, please apply no later than 11 August 2015.
Successful applicants will be notified by 1 September 2015.