Eight journalists from across the Middle East and North African (MENA) region attended the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) summit, COP18, in Doha, Qatar as part of an EJN Fellowship program. With a focus on linking MENA journalists both together and with high-level participants at this global summit, this program was designed to support a deeper understanding of climate change issues and spur media coverage in a region where millions feel its real impacts.
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Over the 10 days of the fellowship program, the participating journalists attended COP18, participated in capacity-building activities presented at the conference, and had contact with high-level members of civil society, governmental, and academic organizations.
Also as part of the program, Internews’ Earth Journalism Network and the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) hosted the 2nd Annual Climate Communications Day at the Qatar Campus of Northwestern University. This event examined how to use new approaches to communicate climate change issues to both new and existing audiences and was free of charge for media specialists.
Internews Network and Internews Europe developed the Earth Journalism Network to empower and enable journalists from developing countries to cover the environment more effectively. EJN establishes networks of environmental journalists in countries where they don't exist, and builds their capacity where they do, through training workshops and fellowship programs, the development of briefing materials and online tools, support for production and distribution, and the provision of small grants.