To help promote media coverage of climate change in the hardest hit countries, Earth Journalism Network sent a delegation of 15 journalists from Asia, Africa and Latin America to the 15th Conference of the Parties (COP15) in Copenhagen in late 2009. Journalists attended the conference as part of the Climate Change Media Partnership program, which since 2007 has sponsored journalists from around the world to cover climate conferences that would otherwise be impossible for them to attend.
Over the 12 days of the Fellowship program, the participating journalists attended the conference, participated in its capacity-building activities, and exchanged views and information with their journalistic peers from around the world.
Fellows and applicants were invited to “become members of a loose association of developing world journalists who share information and collaborate on cross-border stories on the environment — who encourage each other while covering a subject that receives short shrift in their newsrooms and in the public dialogue of their countries,” according to James Fahn, Executive Director of the Earth Journalism Network.
During the Copenhagen climate talks, a ceremony was held to celebrate the Internews Earth Journalism Awards’ best in climate change reporting. Nobel Peace Prize winner Dr. Rajendra K. Pachauri was among the attendants. “The media is critical in this effort, since just one reporter has the ability to reach thousands, even millions, of people. These awards help to expand and honor these vitally important efforts,” said Dr. Pachauri.
The 15 winning journalists received support from Internews to report from COP15 for their home media.
In advance of COP15, Earth Journalism Network Executive Director James Fahn published an op-ed on "the climate delegation with the most to lose" at the international conference. To read the article, click here.