06.11.2012 - UNESCO Office in Jakarta

UNESCO Trained Timorese Journalists on Environmental Changes Reporting

© UNESCO Environmental journalist Harry Surjadi standing in front of the participants during the training

The Timor-Leste Media Development Center in collaboration with UNESCO organized a training for journalists on environmental changes reporting, held in Dili, Timor-Leste from 17 October to 20 October 2012.

The course was attended by 25 people including Timorese media practitioners, university students, UNTL lecturers and civil servants. The training provided participants with a unique opportunity to learn about techniques on environmental changes reporting and new knowledge on climate change issues in Timor-Leste.

The National Director of Environment, Mr. Joao Carlos, participated as gust speaker and talked about Timor-Leste’s Government commitments, plans and strategy in the field of environment and sustainability. Participants could also learn about environmental pressing issues and challenges that the country is facing through Mr Deometro Amaral, Director of the environmental NGO HABURAS.

By way of skills training, the Indonesian environmental journalist Mr. Harry Surjadi led sessions on basic concepts of newsgathering, storytelling and writing and the application of these concepts to environmental changes reporting.

The training included a half-day fieldwork period during which the trainees visited a dump-site where they could witness first hand the impact of humans on the environment. With the findings in the field and the knowledge acquired in the training they managed to write consistent news articles.

This activity is part of UNESCO’s Communication and Information programme in Timor-Leste. This programme aims to improve the quality of media in general and journalism education in particular. As the lead UN agency in promoting freedom of expression and access to information and knowledge, UNESCO is committed to support media development in Timor-Leste.

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