Climate Change and Environmental reporting in Africa is important because the media will help to improve education, awareness-raising and human and institutional capacity on climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction and early warning. Few African journalists have Science & Environmental reporting training and editors do not have the time and resources to nurture their reporters like they used to due to the changing media landscape that demands more from its journalists.
It is in this context that Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) is planning a fourth media training that will bring together experts from selected media houses to undergo Trainer of Trainers (ToTs) course. The main aim for the training is to provide a need-based reference skills suitable for journalists by building a critical team of trainers who will support the growth of climate change reporting.
PACJA has so far conducted three successful journalists’ trainings. The first took place alongside the fourth edition of the African Climate Change and Environmental Reporting (ACCER) Awards in October 2018. The second one, brought journalists from the counties with the aim of building their capacity so as to use the channels at their disposal for the purposes of Climate change communication. The third training took place in mid-February, and brought together journalists from various counties to be trained particularly on the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), a set of actions Kenya has committed to undertake as part of its obligation under the Paris Agreement.
The training has been picked based on the assessment and tracking of the journalists activities ever since the capacity building exercise began. This is in line with PACJA’s strategic Objective in public engagement and mobilization that mandates the Alliance to raise public awareness, mobilize and empower citizens in Africa and globally to pressure their governments on environmental rights.
The training also seeks to:
- To simplify and demystify climate change and environmental jargon to suit them into normal journalistic styles and embed this in a life training manual that will inform the formation of journalists across the journalistic field.
- To contribute to the ongoing effort to building a critical mass of African journalists with focus on climate change and environmental reporting by enabling independent journalists to become critical investigators and storytellers of the real impact that climate change, climate actions and development solutions have on real people