07.06.2013 - UNESCO Office in New Delhi

Building awareness about climate change among journalists in Bangladesh

A five-day national workshop will be held in Bangladesh, from 29 June to 3 July, 2013, to train 20 journalists to report more competently on issues related to climate change (CC).

The event is a part of UNESCO New Delhi’s inter-sectoral project ‘Combating Climate Change in South Asia: Media Interventions for Public Awareness and Action’.The workshop, to be implemented by News Network Bangladesh, will combine the acquisition of knowledge about CC with the development of practical skills on reporting CC. The central theme will be the impact of CC on the Hindu Kush Himalayan ecosystem as it affects Bangladesh.

The workshop will include sessions on: 

  • the global impact of CC
  • the effect of CC in Bangladesh (including the specific challenges posed to certain sectors and services; CC’s effect on the Hindu Kush Himalayan region; community-based mitigation and adaptation measures; the Government’s policy initiatives and inter-governmental cooperation to control the effects of CC) 
  • the media’s role in reporting CC and the approach journalists should adopt 
  • the development of story angles, research, information gathering and analysis, and writing and production skills. The workshop will also include a visit to a cyclone-affected site, allowing journalists to witness and report on the effects of CC. Journalists will produce sample stories based on the field visit. 

As an outcome of the workshop, 20 journalists from the print and broadcast media will be trained to report on CC-related issues more competently. They will emerge from the workshop with increased confidence in developing stories on CC’s impacts on people in affected areas, and people’s responses to CC.  Following the workshop, each participant will produce and publish at least two stories on issues relating to pre-selected themes.  As a result of increased media coverage, there will be a growth in public awareness of the linkages between environmental issues, social problems, and the wider economy. Finally, local media networks will be strengthened and media relations in the region (on CC-related reporting and coverage) will improve.

 




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