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Data Journalism Workshop for Reporters Covering South Africa’s Net Zero Transition

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Application Deadline
30 October 2023, 11:59 PM (Africa/Johannesburg)
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Internews’ Earth Journalism Network invites journalists from South Africa to apply for a data journalism workshop to be held in Johannesburg from January 29 to February 4, 2024. 

This five-day workshop will help journalists in South Africa improve their understanding of Net Zero and how the country is measuring up against its decarbonization goals and efforts to pave the way for a just transition. The workshop will have a sharp focus on data journalism, and will aim to build and develop data literacy, guiding journalists on how to utilize and incorporate data into their work to tell hard-hitting and impactful stories. No prior experience of data journalism is needed.


The recent Climate Pathways and Just Transition study found that South Africa’s net zero goal is one of the most challenging decarbonization undertakings globally, but that the cost of inaction is also massive.

How will South Africa navigate these challenges? How will local communities be affected by coal both formally and informally? How are just transition policies being implemented and what are the measures of its success? Journalists are key to interrogating these questions and shedding light on their answers. 

At this critical juncture, journalists must contextualize complex science and policy into relevant and engaging news stories for their home audiences. In-depth stories on South Africa's progress will be key to informing the public and holding governments and polluters accountable to their commitments, while centering the communities most impacted by climate inaction. 

To help meet this need, EJN will build the capacity and data skills of journalists in South Africa so that they can more effectively report on this important issue.

This work builds on  last year’s media workshop held in Johannesburg, at which participants identified a knowledge gap and consequent training need in data journalism. To that end, this workshop will help journalists effectively incorporate scientific, financial, and technical data into their coverage of net zero.

The workshop

This workshop is offered as part of EJN’s Pathways to Net Zero in India, South Africa and Argentina project. EJN will cover travel, accommodation, and meal costs of selected participants.

During the workshop, participants will delve into the drivers and successes pushing South Africa toward net zero, and the barriers that impede the country's progress. Journalists will gain a deeper understanding of how this strategy translates itself into the everyday lives of local people and communities. Participants will also develop and build upon their data journalism skills, learning how to access key databases and how to effectively visualize data for a variety of audiences.

Selected participants will engage in a combination of classroom-style study and a field trip to experience the real-world implications of the issues being discussed. The classroom-style sessions will be a combination of hands-on data skills training and lectures from external speakers. They will have the opportunity to gain insights from thematic experts and speakers, engage in capacity-building and knowledge-sharing exercises, and network with peers.


The workshop is open to journalists from South Africa. No prior experience in data journalism is required; the workshop is open to journalists of all abilities interested in improving their coverage of the country's climate mitigation efforts and limit warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels within a fast-closing window.

Motivated and self-starting journalists interested in covering the topic are invited to apply. We are looking for journalists seeking to develop their data journalism skills incorporate data journalism into their future reporting in the long-term.

We are especially eager to hear from journalists covering business, finance and tech beats, or those closely covering the country’s emission-reduction policies.

We welcome applications from journalists from print, television, online and/or radio, with a demonstrated track record of producing incisive, in-depth stories.

Please note:

  • Selected participants must commit to attending all five days of the workshop from January 29 to February 2.
  • Journalists must have a laptop for use at the workshop.
  • EJN and our partners and donors have the right to edit, publish, broadcast and distribute any stories produced as a result of journalists' participation in the workshop, once they have been published or broadcast in the original media outlet.

How to apply

  • Click on the Apply Now button on the top right of this page.
  • Applicants must provide a letter from their editor or media outlet supporting their application. Freelance journalists are welcome to apply but will need a letter of support from a media organization committing to publish or broadcast their stories.
  • Applicants must submit two published writing samples or links to stories that have appeared online. Story clips related to climate, clean mobility and energy issues are preferred.

If youencounterdifficulties withsubmittingyour application or have questions, please email[email protected]. Do not contact any other Internews emailregardingthis opportunity, as we will not receive it.     

Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered.   

Banner Image: A recent study stated that unlocking South Africa’s RE sources such as solar power will position the country to win in new green markets and drive further job creation/Credit: Erik Karits via Unsplash.