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Media Workshop on Covering South Africa’s Net Zero Transition

Call for Applications
Published on
18 Oct 2022
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25 November 2022, 07:59 AM, Africa/Johannesburg SAST info.ejn [at]
Internews’ Earth Journalism Network invites journalists from South Africa to apply for a media workshop on covering pathways to Net Zero, to be held in Johannesburg from January 30-February 1, 2023.

This three-day workshop will help journalists in South Africa improve their understanding of Net Zero, and learn how to report more effectively on their country's policies and actions to meet its climate goals.



In recent years, several countries have set increasingly ambitious decarbonization goals. At COP26 in Glasgow last year, South Africa committed to reach Net Zero by 2050.

What will this transition entail? What steps are needed to move towards the target, and what will need to be done to ensure the country is on track for a just transition?

There is a dearth of in-depth and engaging media coverage on these topics. In the coming years, journalists will need to keep the public informed about what’s at stake and hold policymakers accountable to their commitments. To meet this need, we aim to build the capacity of journalists in South Africa to report more effectively on the path to Net Zero — including the prospects, potential opportunities and challenges that will be faced along the way.

The workshop

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

During the workshop, participants will gain a deeper understanding of the concept of Net Zero and will learn about South Africa’s progress towards this goal.

Selected participants will engage in a combination of classroom-style study and go on a field visit to a decommissioned power plant. They will have the opportunity to learn from thematic experts and hear from affected communities. In addition to these on-ground experiences, participants will engage in hands-on capacity-building sessions to develop their journalism skills.

Who qualifies?

The workshop is open to journalists from South Africa.

Self-motivated journalists interested in covering the transition to Net Zero are invited to apply. We are especially eager to hear from journalists reporting on business, finance and tech perspectives, 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 three days of the workshop from January 30 to February 1, 2023.
  • 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 welcome.

Banner image: South Africa pledged to reach Net Zero by 2050 / Credit: Bruchin Noeka via Unsplash.

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