This is an opportunity provided by the Reporting Climate Change programme: Find out more
Adaptation to climate change is urgent. It involves policies and measures to minimise potential damages from a warmer world. Consequences are already being observed worldwide, especially in developing countries. Nearly half the world’s population is already highly vulnerable to climate impacts, such as water shortages, heat stress, flooding and spread of diseases, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
As efforts accelerate in the lead-up to COP27 in November, increasing attention will be placed on climate change adaptation and making good on commitments from COP26 in Glasgow, which called for doubling adaptation finance from US$20 billion to US$40 billion per year.
Success will require broad collaboration between all levels of government and all sectors of society.
Thomson Reuters Foundation’s programme offers an excellent opportunity for journalists to improve the level of coverage on climate adaptation efforts and to raise awareness of an issue that will be at the centre of the stage in the next UN climate conference, COP27, in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt.
Are you a journalist interested in covering climate adaptation?
With a solutions journalism angle and a hands-on approach, participants will be equipped to better cover the challenge of climate change locally and globally.
At the end of the programme, you will be able to:
- Describe climate change and its impacts in your country, and the gaps and challenges to adaptation action;
- Focus on solutions to impacts of climate change generated and implemented by local communities;
- Identify and work with new sources of information on climate change;
- Translate the jargon around climate change into accessible language;
- Find new angles for story ideas and set guidelines for high-impact news and features;
- Report on COP27 with a better understanding of the issues at stake and of the way climate COPs work.
Who Can Apply
- Journalists with experience or strong interest in climate change, sustainability, public policy, and/or human rights.
- Please submit a story idea – what would you ideally like to cover at COP27?
- Applicants must be based in Africa (priority countries: Egypt, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe).
- Applicants must be full-time journalists or regular contributors for media organisations with a minimum of three years’ professional experience.
- Participant must have a high proficiency level of spoken and written English.
- Applicants must have access to a minimum internet speed of 8 MB/second. (You can check the speed of your device by logging from it on www.speedtest.net).
- Applicants must commit to participate for the whole duration of the programme.
This course will be delivered online - actual training dates are 31 October- 3 November. Two additional days of 1-2-1 sessions, delivered just before and just after COP27, will also be scheduled shortly.
Please complete the application form at the link below. Please have ready evidence of previous work, either as links or as up-loadable samples.
Please apply by October 16th 2022
If you have any difficulties applying, please contact email@example.com
Meet Our Experts
Ricardo Garcia, environment and climate journalist and journalism trainer
Ricardo Garcia is a journalist with 30+ years’ experience in covering environment, climate and sustainability. Ricardo has been a Thomson Reuters Foundation consultant since 2015, having worked on training programmes about sustainable development, climate change, land rights, human trafficking and illicit financial flows. He worked for most of his career at Público, a leading Portuguese daily, and is now a freelance journalist, journalism trainer, writer and data visualisation consultant.
Sara El-Khalili, Communications Specialist & Journalism trainer
Sara El-Khalili is an avid Egyptian-Greek academic, professional editor/journalist, and dedicated trainer with over 10 years of experience in the field of journalism, media and communication. El-Khalili taught Journalism and Mass Communication at AUC since 2008, where she also served as faculty advisor. As a professional journalist, El-Khalili reported and edited stories for the Associated Press, Cairo Times and Reuters. Aspiring to actively participate in reforming media and journalism in the MENA region, El-Khalili has been committed to training Arab journalists as a trainer with the Thomson Reuters Foundation.