Fifteen Journalists to Attend EJN’s Twice Postponed Indian Ocean Marine Science Training

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Fifteen Journalists to Attend EJN’s Twice Postponed Indian Ocean Marine Science Training

In 2020, we announced that 15 journalists would attend a three-day marine science workshop in the Maldives. 

The Covid-19 pandemic put our in-person training activities on hold for two long years and the workshop was twice postponed. However, we are pleased to announce the training has finally been rescheduled to take place from 22-26 September 2022. 

When we resumed planning this project activity, part of the Ocean Media Initiative, not all journalists previously selected were available to participate.  

Here is the updated group of 15 journalists from 11 countries that will be attending the workshop to better understand marine science and how to report on it. 

  • Aditya Wardhana, Indonesia | CNN Indonesia 
  • George Otieno Aoko, Kenya | Royal Media Services 
  • Hassan Ali Osman, Somalia | Hiiraan Online 
  • Jenifer Gilla, Tanzania | Nipashe Daily 
  • Justus Wanzala, Kenya | Kenya Broadcasting Corporation 
  • Malaka Rodrigo, Sri Lanka | Mongabay Sri Lanka 
  • Manisha Deena, Mauritius | L’express 
  • Rishika Pardikar, India | IndiaSpend 
  • Rivonala Razafison, Madagascar | La Vérité 
  • Ronna Nirmala, Indonesia | Project Multatuli 
  • Sérgio Nhambi, Mozambique | Voice of America, Africa Division 
  • Shaany Aishath, Maldives | RaajjeTV 
  • Siphamandla Goge, South Africa | eNews Channel Africa (eNCA) 
  • Sophia Kessy, Tanzania | Clouds Media Group 
  • Sweta Daga, India | The People’s Archive of Rural India 

Senior journalism trainers from EJN and scientists working on the Bertarelli Foundation’s marine science programs will provide insight on marine protected areas, reef and open ocean species (such as tuna, rays and sharks), fisheries and climate change, among other topics. 

Through field visits and interviews with scientists in the field, journalists will have the opportunity to learn first-hand about the challenges to marine ecosystems and identify new story ideas. 

This workshop is co-hosted with the Bertarelli Foundation; Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru is EJN's accommodation partner.

Look out for stories from the participants, which will be republished on the EJN website in upcoming months.  


Banner image: A manta ray in the Maldives / Credit: Hotel Kaseong via Flickr.  

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