EJN's regional leaders assume key role as climate mentors

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Earth Journalism Network,

Some of the developing world’s most experienced reporters on climate change are now working as mentors to junior reporters, to advance the quality of climate change reporting and amplify the voices of those most affected.

The initiative, which started in June, is part of EJN’s Human Dimension of Climate Change project, launched with the support of the Oak Foundation. The mentors work with journalists who are new to covering climate issues, as well as with experienced professionals who are working on in-depth coverage and investigations, to bring climate change issues to the forefront of news coverage in the most vulnerable communities.

Mentors hold weekly conversations with their protégés, working as editors and advisors to craft and review story ideas and reporting techniques.

See some of the published stories below.

3 women smile at the camera, one is holding a sheet of paper.
Imelda Abaño (on the right) with two of her mentees in Philippines.
So far 10 stories produced. (credit: Internews)

Imelda Albano, a mentor who is also the founder of the Philippine Network of Environmental Journalists and the editor of the Environews website, is currently working with four mentees. Between June and August, they published 10 climate-related stories.

Michael Simire, the editor of EnvironewsNigeria, has three journalists he’s mentoring in Lagos. So far nine stories, including online and radio reports, have been produced covering the effects of ocean surges on local populations and problems related to urban issues in the city.

In Colombia, Maria Clara Valencia, a journalism teacher at the Universidad Tecnológica Bolivar in Cartagena de Indias, decided to work directly with students to incentivize them to publish their first stories on climate change. Two articles have already produced by the young journalists. Now Valencia is trying to set up arrangements with local newspapers to see the reportage published.

Some of the EJN partners are taking a multinational approach and connecting with journalists beyond their country. Costa Rican Katiana Murillo is mentoring four journalists from Latin America. Cameroon's David Akana also works with four journalists from Central Africa, where he recently launched the platform InfoCongo.

Tunisian journalist Mona Samari has been working with journalists from her native country, as well as from Egypt and Algeria. One of Samari’s partners on the program, Egyptian journalist Rehab Abd Almohsen, recently published a story about the Islamic declaration on climate change on SciDev.net.

Journalists interested in participating in the mentorship program should contact EJN.

Sampling of Published Stories

Nepal

Nigeria

Philippines

Mentors

Country / Region

Name of the mentor

Brazil

Gustavo Faleiros, Earth Journalism Network

Central Africa

David Akana, InfoCongo

Latin America

Katiana Murillo, Latin Clima

Colombia

Maria Clara Valencia

India

Joydeep Gupta, thethirdpole.net

Mediterranean and North Africa

Mona Samari, Tunisian Environment Reporting Network

Nepal

Ramesh Bhushal, thethirdpole.net, EJN

Nigeria

Michael Simire, EnviroNews Nigeria

Pacific Islands

Cherelle JacksonEnvironment Weekly

Philippines

Imelda Abaño, Philippine Network of Environmental Journalists

More information about the mentors.