EJN announces CCMP fellows to report from historic climate negotiations in Paris

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Earth Journalism Network, Paris, France

This year’s UN climate change negotiations in Paris (COP21) in December are particularly crucial as current commitments on greenhouse gas emissions run out in 2020. It is hoped that COP21 will produce a new global agreement on climate change, aimed at reducing global greenhouse gas emissions and thus avoiding the threat of dangerous climate change.

Developing countries are particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change. To increase media representation from these countries, Internews' Earth Journalism Network, through its Climate Change Media Partnership (CCMP), provides journalists from developing countries with fellowships to attend the talks, and support while they’re there.

“At this critical time, local communities worldwide will get stories relevant to their local situations about what is going on at the conference, not just from international wire agencies,” said James Fahn, Global Director of Internews’ Environmental Programs. “As negotiators make decisions that could affect their lives, local communities can make more informed decisions about how to deal with climate change.”

Thirty-five CCMP Fellows – most of them full-time journalists with a diverse range of climate change reporting experience – have been selected for this year’s talks, out of a pool of 500 applicants.

At the summit, they will be briefed on the hot-button issues of the negotiations and participate in other activities such as a Negotiator Media Briefing where all accredited journalists at the COP will be provided with direct access to a panel of key delegation leaders.

This year’s group of Fellows hail from 25 countries and will include 15 journalists who in addition serve as trainers, mentors or leaders of local networks of climate journalists who will also take part in a Training of Trainers course on climate reporting in Paris.  

Leading up to the event, EJN’s climate change mentors will hold regionally focused webinars on key climate change issues.

Since 2007, the Climate Change Media Partnership has been providing fellowships for developing country journalists to go to UNFCCC and other major events that they would otherwise be unable to attend. It aims to improve media coverage of climate change, and therefore increase public engagement in the issue with a focus on developing countries and especially in critically affected regions.

Journalist Fellows

  • Shi Yi, China -  The Paper
  • Untung Widyanto, Indonesia - Tempo
  • Alfonso Tomas Araullo, Philippines - ABS-CBN News TV
  • Jayanta Basu, India - Anandabazar Patrika
  • Stella Paul, India - Inter Press Service
  • Harriette Naa Lamliley Bentil, Ghana - Daily Graphic
  • Seun Akioye, Nigeria - The Nation
  • Privat Triburce Martin Massanga, Republic of Congo - Radio MUCODEC/Barza
  • Yolandi Groenewald, South Africa - City Press
  • Andrew Mambondiyani, Zimbabwe - The Zimbabwean
  • Giovana Girardi, Brazil - O Estado de S. Paulo
  • Tania L. Montalvo, Mexico - Animal Politico
  • Tais Gadea Lara, Argentina - Sustentador/Ecomanía
  • Priestley Habru, Solomon Islands - Island Sun
  • Sarah Peter, St Lucia - Daher Broadcasting Service
  • Patrick Saint-Pre, Haiti - Le Nouvelliste/ Radio Magik 9
  • Louise Sarant, Egypt - Nature Middle East
  • Nabil Ben Brahem, Tunisia - Le Maghreb
  • Tatiana Pichugina, Russia - Scientific Russia/ MK v Serpuhove
  • Fredrick Mugira, Uganda - Vision Group Uganda
  • Abu Bakar Siddique, Bangladesh, Dhaka Tribune

Trainers & Mentors

  • Ramesh Bhushal is the project manager for the Third Pole project in Nepal and a climate change journalism mentor with EJN
  • Joydeep Gupta is the director of the Third Pole project and a climate change journalism mentor with EJN
  • Fermin Koop is one of the founders of Claves21 and a climate change journalism mentor with EJN
  • Katiana Murillo, Costa Rica is a contributing to El Financiero and a climate change journalism mentor with EJN
  • Mona Samari is the founder of the Tunisia Reporting Network and a climate change journalism mentor with EJN
  • Clara Rondonuwu is the managing editor of Ekuatorial and a climate change journalism mentor with EJN
  • Imelda Abano is president of the Philippine Network of Environmental Journalists and a climate change journalism mentor with EJN
  • Maria Clara Valencia is a journalism professor at Universidad Tecnológica de Bolívar in Cartagena de Indias (Colombia) and a climate change journalism mentor with EJN
  • Fiona MacLeod is founder of Oxpeckers Investigative Environmental Journalism and grantee of EJN
  • Paritta Wangkiat is the executive director of the Thai Society of Environmental Journalists
  • David Akana is the managing editor of InfoCongo and a climate change journalism mentor with EJN
  • Michael Simire is the founder of EnviroNews Nigeria and a climate change journalism mentor with EJN
  • Mark Schapiro is an environmental journalist and author of Carbon Shock: A Tale of Risk and Calculus on the Front Lines of the Disrupted Global Economy
  • Ken Weiss is a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and trainer with EJN

The CCMP started in 2007 as a partnership between EJN, Panos and the International Institute of Environment and Development (IIED).

This year’s fellowship is made possible by EJN’s Human Dimensions of Climate Change project, funded by the Oak Foundation.