Reporting on Climate Change, Nepal
Dates: 07 December 11 December | Location: Online
Application deadline: 08 November | Programme: Building the Capacity of Journalists in Asia and the Pacific

This is an opportunity provided by the Building the Capacity of Journalists in Asia and the Pacific programme.

The program is delivered by Thomson Reuters Foundation in partnership with the Asian Development Bank.

Please note: this program is only open to journalists from Nepal.

Thomson Reuters Foundation and the Asian Development Bank will conduct a five-day online training program for journalists from Nepal. The program, presented in English, will provide a unique opportunity to gain practical skills and knowledge from experienced Reuters journalists, environment specialists, and climate change professionals. There will be an emphasis on producing high-impact stories for dissemination in the journalists’ own media with effective, accurate and timely content.

Reporting on Climate Change

Climate Change is widely seen as the greatest threat to human development – perhaps even to human survival – in modern times. As the issue has moved gradually from the fringes of the news agenda to centre-stage, many journalists have difficulty grasping the implications and disentangling the mass of competing claims. We build the capacity of journalists to cover this critical issue and help them produce stories that matter to their audiences.

Reporting on climate change can be daunting, from making sense of the many acronyms to understanding the science, and how a shifting climate is affecting everything from agriculture to energy supplies to business.

This program helps journalists to identify, research and deliver clear, concise and accurate stories on climate change, its impact on the environment and the lives of ordinary people, and what can be done to help them adapt. It focuses on coverage that is relevant to both policy makers and general audiences.

The program assists journalists with issues such as:
  • how to explain climate change in simple terms
  • how to explain its impact on the lives of ordinary people
  • understanding social and economic impacts
  • dealing with scientific evidence and forecasts
  • engaging audiences with the scale of what is forecast to happen over coming decades
  • how Nepal and developing Asia are adapting to climate shifts and trying to mitigate them
  • how climate change is impacting issues such as water resources, food security, and ecosystem health in Nepal
*The program contents may be modified after conducting a needs assessment with participating journalists

Experienced Thomson Reuters Foundation trainers help participants learn to write stories that are both powerful and accurate, and that bring home the likely impact of climate change to the lives of their audiences.

There will be opportunities for participants to join a regional workshop on Climate Change in 2021. All participants will receive a Thomson Reuters Foundation and Asian Development Bank certificate. 

Who Can Apply

Applicants must be journalists working in Nepal. If they are not full-time members of staff, they should be able to demonstrate considerable experience as a freelancer, including very recent publications with client organisations. Applicants must be able to demonstrate a commitment to a career in journalism in their country, with a minimum of two years’ professional experience and a good level of spoken and written English.

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Please complete the application form at the link below. Please have ready evidence of previous work, either as links or as up-loadable samples.

If you have difficulty applying, please email with the title of the course in the subject line.

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