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Digital storytelling on climate change




ICIMOD Headquarters, Nepal and Dhulikhel

Date & Time

18 May 2022 to 23 May 2022


Barsha Rani Gurung & Oda Mulelid

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Digital storytelling on climate change


Final name list of selected participants

S.N. Name Country
1 Rafiqul Islam Bangladesh
2 Namrata Baniya Nepal
3 Shrijana Shrestha Nepal
4 Tulsi Rauniyar Nepal
5 Robin Sharma Dahal Nepal
6 Saman Khan Pakistan
7 Sana Saleem Pakistan
8 Sheren Bano Pakistan
9 Asadullah Khoso Pakistan
10 Nisar Ali Pakistan
11 Fariha Fatima Pakistan
12 Vandita Sariya India
13 Meena longjam India
14 Cheena Kapoor India
15 Rayies Altaf India
16 Joel Michael India

About the training

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.


Expected outputs

Upon completion of the training, participants will:

  • Understand climate change adaptation and cover various elements of a compelling video storytelling including how digital narratives can help raise awareness on climate change impacts, particularly on the poor and marginalized.
  • Emerge from the training with increased confidence in developing digital stories on climate change impacts on people in the HKH region and their responses
  • Develop the technical and editorial skills required to tell digital stories
  • Be prepared to produce a short video on a tight deadline
  • Have a deeper understanding of how to frame questions, conduct field interviews, and present them in the most engaging manner
  • Develop awareness of channels and media outlets covering climate and adaptation-related stories. Examples of climate issues featured in the news can be found here.
  • Help develop public awareness of adaptation challenges and linkages between environmental issues, social problems, and the broader economy


Target participants

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:

  • Technical skills, include the skills workshop designed to introduce and deepen understanding of video production
  • Editorial skills, which include ways to identify and pitch video stories, how to secure the elements needed to produce them, and how to craft them
  • Practical skills, through which participants will apply their learning to complete a short video during the training course




  • All participants are required to come to the training with a digital HD video camera or mobile phone with video capabilities


  • Please download and install a free 7-day trial to Adobe Premiere before the training
  • All participants are required to come to the training with a laptop



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

Time Details Venue
08:30–09:00 Travel from hotel to ICIMOD ICIMOD
09:00–09:30 Registration with tea/coffee ICIMOD
09:30–11:00 Welcome remarks

‘What you can do to protect the pulse of the planet’ – Laurie Vasily, HeadKnowledge 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)

11:00–11:15 Tea break and group photo


Introduction to video – Nani Walker

Getting to know the participants’ background in digital storytelling

Video storytelling examples

Story structures and formats

12:45–13:30 Lunch


Hands-on camera skills workshop – Nani Walker and Pramod Karki, Trainer, GRID-Arendal

Advanced camera techniques: Interviews, composition, lighting, capturing quality audio

15:30–17:30 Travel to Dhulikhel Dhulikhel
19:00–20:00 Dinner Dhulikhel
20:00–20:30 Showcase RMS video Dhulikhel

Time Details Venue
08:30–10:00 Introduction to 3 field sites  (10 min) Kiran Bhusal, Project Coordinator, CEAPRED Outline/scripting – Nani Walker Research Interview question Prepare shot list Dhulikhel
10:00–10:15 Tea break
10:15–12:00 Continue with outline/scripting Pitch stories with fellow participants and give/provide feedback Division into three groups Dhulikhel
12:00–12.45 Lunch
12:45–13:15 Travel to field sites ICIMOD bus
13:15–16:00 Film interviews and b-roll Field site
16:00–16:30 Travel back to the hotel in Dhulikhel ICIMOD bus
16:30–16:45 Tea/Coffee/Cookies
16:45–18:00 Prepare and upload daily highlight
18:00–19:00 Dinner
19:00–20:00 Watch dailies Dhulikhel

Time Details Venue
08:30–10:00 Continue with outline/scripting – Nani Walker Identify gaps/missing pieces in your story/footage Dhulikhel
10:00–10:15 Tea break with snacks
10:15–10:45 Travel to field sites By ICIMOD bus
10:45–15:00 Film additional b-roll and interviews Lunch at field site
15:00–3:30 Travel back to the hotel in Dhulikhel By ICIMOD bus
15:30–15:45 Tea/Coffee/Cookies
15:45–18:00 Prepare and upload daily highlight
18:00–19:00 Dinner
19:00–20:00 Watch dailies Dhulikhel

Time Details Venue
08:30–10:00 Intro to editing tools – Nani Walker

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

10:00–10:15 Tea break
10:15–12:00 Continue with editing

Work on assembly cut

12:00–12:45 Lunch
12:45–14:00 Continue with editing

Feedback on assembly cut

14:00–14:30 Tea/Coffee break
14:30–16.00 Continue with editing
18:00–19:00 Dinner

Time Details Venue
08:30–10:00 Continue with editing

Work on rough cut

Feedback on rough cut

10:00–10:15 Tea break
10:15–12.00 Continue with editing

Work on fine cut

12:00–12:45 Lunch
12:45–14:45 Continue with editing
Participants to complete final cut
14:45–16:45 Travel back to Kathmandu Hotel Vivanta

Moderator: Sabina Uprety, Programme Officer Ad-interim, Resilient Mountain Solutions Initiative, ICIMOD

Time Details Venue
08:00–8:30 Travel from hotel to ICIMOD ICIMOD
08:30–10:00 Welcome and overview of the training (10 min)

Presentations of the stories – All participants

10:00–10:15 Tea break
10:15–12:30 Presentations of the stories continue – All participants
Closing ceremony and certificate distribution (20 min)

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)

12:30–13:15 Lunch ICIMOD
13:15–13:45 Depart to hotel Hotel Vivanta
18:00–20:00 Reception dinner La Plaza


Participation costs

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


Eligible applicants

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.


Selection criteria

  • Minimum of 1-2 years’ experience in video journalism
  • Proficient in Adobe Premiere or equivalent editing tools
  • Highly-motivated
  • Experience in the reporting environment
  • Some technical knowledge about climate change, climate change adaptation, and resilience building
  • Women and participants from marginalized communities are strongly encouraged to apply


Submission instructions

  • The application must be submitted no later than the deadline (24 April 2022) or subsequently announced deadlines if additional reviews are announced.
  • Incomplete applications, or those submitted after the deadline, shall not be considered.
  • Within two weeks of the postmark deadline, the selected participants will be announced on the event page. They will also receive a receipt confirmation of their selection.