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ICIMOD Headquarters, Nepal and Dhulikhel
18 May 2022 to
23 May 2022
Barsha Rani Gurung & Oda Mulelid
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This week-long training on digital storytelling for journalists aims to raise awareness of climate change and resilience building. It will expose interested journalists to the basics of video story production and prepare them to tell digital stories confidently. Participants will be able to produce a high-quality video story about climate adaptation and resilience building, which can be published by local, regional, and international media outlets.
This training is part of ICIMOD’s Resilient Mountain Solutions (RMS) Initiative. RMS builds on research and solutions that have proven effective and applicable in the diverse mountain contexts of the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH). RMS aims to enhance the resilience of women and men in the HKH to socioeconomic and environmental changes, including climate change adaptation. We have been partnering with GRID-Arendal to communicate and disseminate the RMS results to global audiences.
The workshop will share strategies for effectively and engagingly communicating the ground realities of climate change issues, particularly around adaptation. It will equip participants with the knowledge and skills to develop and deliver scientifically-valid stories that can be easily understood by the public. The stories generated during and after the media workshop should reflect the realities on the ground in the research sites, with attention to the local context of culture, traditions, communication strategies, gender issues, and interpersonal and social dynamics of each location.
Upon completion of the training, participants will:
This training is for freelance journalists from photojournalism, video/documentary, and print/web media who regularly cover environmental issues, especially on climate change and its impacts, from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Pakistan.
The course will focus on three tracks critical to video storytelling:
Instructor: Nani Sahra Walker
Nani Sahra Walker is a Nepali-American filmmaker, curator and educator based in Los Angeles. She is the Director of the L.A. Times Short Docs, a monthly series by LA Times Studios. Her non-fiction work includes feature-length and short films for Amazon, Spectrum, The Atlantic, National Geographic, Washington Post, and the Guardian. Her films and projects have received international acclaim, including fellowships and awards such as the Cine Qua Non Lab, Asia Project Market, SFFILM’S FilmHouse Residency, Telly Award, Online Journalism Award, Los Angeles-area Emmy award and more.
Nani is also an adjunct lecturer. She teaches professionals, undergraduate and graduate students documentary, video production, multimedia, and immersive reality. Walker is an alumna of the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism and Boston University, where she focused on new media, documentary, and philosophy respectively.
Moderator: Barsha Rani Gurung, Knowledge Management and Communication Officer, ICIMOD
‘What you can do to protect the pulse of the planet’ – Laurie Vasily, Head – Knowledge Management and Communication, ICIMOD (5 min)
Opening remarks (5 min)
Anna Sinisalo, Principal Expert, GRID-Arendal
Introduction to the training programme (15 min)
Nani Walker, GRID- Arendal
Round of introductions (1 min each, 30 min total)
All participants and resource persons
Introduction to climate change and its impacts in the Hindu Kush Himalaya with an overview of Resilient Mountain Solutions – Nand Kishor Agrawal, Programme Coordinator – Resilient Mountain Solutions Initiative, ICIMOD (20 min)
Getting to know the participants’ background in digital storytelling
Video storytelling examples
Story structures and formats
Advanced camera techniques: Interviews, composition, lighting, capturing quality audio
Intro to Adobe Premiere Pro
Narrative arc in post-production
Scripting and audio narration
Music, stills, and graphics for video
Guided editing and hands-on editing
Work on assembly cut
Feedback on assembly cut
Work on rough cut
Feedback on rough cut
Work on fine cut
Moderator: Sabina Uprety, Programme Officer Ad-interim, Resilient Mountain Solutions Initiative, ICIMOD
Presentations of the stories – All participants
Information on grants for journalists (5 min)
Anna Sinisalo, Principal Expert, GRID-Arendal
Way forward – Nand Kishor Agrawal, ICIMOD
Vote of thanks – Anna Sinisalo, GRID-Arendal and Sabina Uprety, ICIMOD (5 min)
ICIMOD will cover all direct costs related to the workshop, including international airfare, visa processing, local transport, accommodation, and food during the workshop for all selected participants
This is a public notice to ensure that all interested and qualified individuals have a fair opportunity to submit applications for funding. The eligible applicants must be located within ICIMOD’s working areas – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Pakistan. In addition, applicants should not be affiliated with a political party or engaged in any political activities, and not be focused solely on religious activities.