As part of Internews’ Earth Journalism Network’s Green Recovery Project, supported by the Swedish Postcode Lottery Foundation, nine Indigenous journalists from nine countries around the world have been selected to participate in a three-day media workshop to be held in Nairobi, Kenya in February 2023:
- Ayele Addis Ambelu, Ethiopia | Africa News Channel
- Calvin Manika, Zimbabwe | Citizen Bulletin
- Diana Taremwa Karakire, Uganda | Ubuntu Times
- Eparama Warua, Fiji | Fiji Television Limited
- Michella Agoh, Nigeria | Lagos Talks 91.3 FM
- Paul Mart Jayand Matangcas, Philippines | Dabawenyo TV
- Ruth Aura, Kenya | Radio Africa Group
- Satej Chakma, Bangladesh | Indigenous People’s News Bangladesh
- Sonam Lama, Nepal | Indigenous Voice Online
This Indigenous Environmental Journalism training opportunity is intended to support journalists to improve their coverage of Indigenous issues in their region and learn how to make their reporting more engaging and impactful.
Thematic experts and EJN trainers will cover how to dispel bias and stereotypes in reporting, and offer sessions on addressing safety, security and other challenges while engaged in environmental reporting. Workshop participants will learn how to identify new story ideas, pitch stories to media outlets more effectively, and how to improve their interviewing skills.
“Besides presentations and guided discussions, participants will have the opportunity to go on a field trip and interact with members of a local community, which will help them learn first-hand about the challenges faced by Indigenous communities in Kenya,” said Stella Paul, EJN’s Environment and Health Project Officer and Indigenous Journalism mentor.
“Globally, Indigenous environmental journalists are under-represented in the media landscape. As a result, news reports on Indigenous issues often lack depth and are filled with stereotypes and misrepresentations which perpetuate bias and inaccuracies. EJN’s Indigenous journalism workshop is a step towards changing this pattern. It is an opportunity for emerging Indigenous journalists to launch their careers and for established Indigenous journalists to hone their skills,” said Paul.
Stories produced by the workshop participants will be republished on the EJN website in upcoming months.
Banner image: Indigenous journalists will meet with the Samburu people from North-Central Kenya / Credit: Ken Kahiri via Unsplash.