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Call for participation: Training for Young Journalists on Reporting on climate change and sustainable development issues in Southeast Asia, 20-23 March 2017, Siem Reap, Cambodia

“Strengthening media capacity to monitor and report on climate change in Asia-Pacific” Project funded by the government of Malaysia

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The impacts of climate change have become a topic of strong public interest in Southeast Asia. Studies show that the region is vulnerable to several climate change impacts that include a predicted mean temperature rise as well as a regional increase in annual precipitation by 2030. With more extreme weather events such as typhoons, the region is more vulnerable to floods and drought, affecting people’s livelihoods and reducing agricultural productivity. In the Mekong Delta, saltwater intrusion caused by sea level rise is predicted to take a toll on agriculture, aquaculture and capture fisheries. Sea level rise could also result in the displacement of millions of people throughout the Delta.
Raising public awareness and strengthening the technical expertise and institutional capacities are essential to enable the countries in Southeast Asia to respond adequately to the effects of climate change. Media and journalists as a vehicle for encouraging public participation play a key role in achieving these objectives, including its contribution towards the Paris Agreement’s global stocktake to assess the collective progress towards achieving its purpose of reduced carbon emissions.

THE TRAINING – Strengthening the capacity of the next generation of climate journalists

The training will bring together young journalists, photojournalists and citizen reporters from Southeast Asia, media and climate/environment experts as well as some representatives of development partners in a view to enhance media monitoring and reporting on the globally interconnected issue of climate change.
In particular, the workshop aims to:

• Equip the young journalists, photojournalists and citizen reporters with the specialized knowledge and skills necessary to monitor and communicate on climate change in their community, country and/or region,

• Strengthen the network of climate change trackers/reporters in Southeast Asia, and

• Raise public awareness of the adverse impacts of climate change and the attendant efforts at adaptation and mitigation.


The training will address the following topics, including a one-day field trip:

• Finding the story: local perspectives

• Climate science: anthropogenic and Green House Effect

• Climate change in Southeast Asia: impacts and adaptation strategies

• Telling the story: photojournalism and news writing

• Social media and advocacy

• United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) process

• Join the networks – Climate Tracker, Mekong Matters Journalism Network

Participants of the training will have the opportunity to:

• Enhance and practice their journalism and photojournalism skills to track and report on climate change and sustainable development issues from different perspectives;

• Join the networks of climate change trackers/reporters in the world;

• Have their news stories on climate change/environment in Southeast Asia published in the media, partners’ websites or newsletters; and

• Engage in debates and raise awareness on the issues of sustainable development that will affect their generation;

• Share a unique intercultural and networking experience with young journalists, citizen reporters and experts from the region.


The training is open to 18 participants with the following requirements:

• Young journalists, photojournalists and citizen reporters (the participants don’t need to be employed by a media organization, they can be freelance writers or so called citizen journalists who produce, share or distribute public interest content through social media)

• Aged 18-35 years old

• Based or from Southeast Asia

• Having already published articles on climate change or sustainable development issues


Send your CV together with the articles you published and a letter of motivation indicating the following:

1.What is your motivation for participating in the training? How does it relate to your work or study?

2.What kind of stories are planning to publish after the workshop?

3.What are your basic knowledge on climate change and journalism skills? What is your level of photography/photojournalism experience?

4.Do you have your own camera or smartphone that you can bring?

Send your application to before 20 February 2017.
Selected participants will be notified during the week of 27 February 2017, and will be paid for their travel to and accommodation in Siem Reap for the duration of the training. Attention will be given to geographic and gender balance.


Chris Wright, Australia
Since getting involved in Climate activism, Chris has travelled to 13 UN climate negotiation sessions including the Paris agreement in 2015. His organization, Climate Tracker, has awarded more than 100 fellowships to young people to attend UN climate negotiations, and has forged partnerships with UN institutions, and some of the world's biggest media and environmental organizations. In 2015 Chris was named by the Guardian as one of 12 "young campaigners to watch" around the world.

Renee Karunungan, Philippines
Renee has worked in the climate advocacy since 2011 and has specialized in advocacy communications, including digital activism and digital journalism. Renee has attended the UNFCCC negotiations in 2015 and 2016, and was named by The Guardian as one of the “young campaigners to watch before COP 21.” Renee has been making education modules and toolkits on climate change and journalism, two of which “A Beginner’s Guide to Writing About Climate Change” and “How to Write an Effective Op-ed on Climate Change” was translated into 10 different languages and given out to climate trackers around the world.

Hannah Reyes, Philippines and Cambodia
Hannah is a Filipina photojournalist whose work focuses on individuals mired in complex situations created by inequality, poverty and impunity. This includes photographing human trafficking at sea for The New York Times, reporting on war crimes against Cambodian women for Al Jazeera America, and documenting changing indigenous cultures in the Philippines for a grant from National Geographic. Her work has been published in print and online in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Time (online), National Geographic (online), The Guardian and Lonely Planet, and has been exhibited in Manila, Telluride, Copenhagen, Aalborg, Nanning, Suwon, and Chiang Mai.

Moeun Chlean Nariddh, Cambodia
Moeun Chhean Nariddh is the head of Cambodia Institute for Media Studies (CIMS) which has recently launched the Cambodian Environmental Journalism Network (CEJN). Under the CIMS, Nariddh conducted two regional trainings for Cambodian journalists on reporting on climate change in 2010. In 2016, he also supervised a one-year project to train the Cambodian journalists on reporting on environmental impacts on the Mekong River caused by development projects in Cambodia. In 2002 he received the Helman/Hammett Award from Human Rights Watch for his contribution to the promotion of free press in Cambodia. He is the co-author of the Investigative Reporting Handbook for Cambodian Journalists, which is the first training manual on investigative reporting in Cambodia. Nariddh teaches Mass Communication at the Royal University of Phnom Penh. He also worked as a journalist for 25 years, including 20 years as a trainer at the Cambodia Communication Institute.