EJN Selects Five Journalist Fellows to Cover COP27 Remotely

aerial view of castries, Saint Lucia
EJN Selects Five Journalist Fellows to Cover COP27 Remotely

As part of its flagship Climate Change Media Partnership (CCMP) program and supported by the Commonwealth Foundation, EJN is pleased to announce its first virtual fellowship for journalists to cover the 27th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP27) in Sharm-el-Sheikh, Egypt.

The CCMP programme, this year led by Internews’ Earth Journalism Network (EJN) in partnership with the Stanley Center for Peace and Security, has traditionally brought journalist fellows to the UNFCCC COP conferences in person, with 20 CCMP Fellows and six trainers slated to attend this years proceedings.

In a first for this year, EJN has expanded support to climate journalists eager to cover the COP, by awarding five climate reporters from Commonwealth countries with virtual fellowships to cover the conference remotely, with guidance from EJN trainers on the ground in Egypt.

This year, climate negotiations are expected to focus on the urgent actions needed to address the mounting impacts of climate change — especially on vulnerable countries around the world, which have contributed the least to the global climate crisis but are shouldering a crushing burden of climate impacts.

“This is the first time that EJN is hosted a virtual fellowship in conjunction with its in-person fellowship at the UNFCCC COP. The demand for our CCMP fellowships is greater every year, so we are excited to trial this virtual work as a way of expanding our support for journalists who wish to cover the UN climate change conferences,” said Charlie Debenham, EJN’s senior programme officer. “This virtual fellowship will also be offering support primarily to reporters from Commonwealth small island developing states, which are countries that are particularly challenging to travel from internationally but are some of the hardest hit by the effects of climate change.”

The journalists awarded the virtual fellowship are:

  • Banani Mallick, Bangladesh
  • Benjamin Kedoga, Papua New Guinea
  • Dale Elliott, Saint Lucia
  • Fredrick Oliver Kusu, Solomon Islands
  • Gladstone Taylor, Jamaica

The virtual fellowship cohort will attend a pre-COP workshop, participate in regular video briefings to learn more about the summit’s daily themes and events, and will be supported with facilitating interviews with their country delegates and other high-level officials during the summit. They will also receive mentoring and editorial support from veteran climate journalists and media trainers attending the COP, as well as a communications stipend to ensure that they have a stable internet connection to participate in virtual fellowship activities over the two weeks in November.

The five selected journalists will report for their home media outlets and stories produced as a result of the fellowship will be republished on the EJN website.

Banner image: Saint Lucia is deeply vulnerability to projected climatic changes such as sea level rise and the increased intensity and frequency of extreme weather events / Credit: Omar Eagle-Clarke via Unsplash.

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