The Earth Journalism Network created the Pacific Climate Journalism Project (also known as the Pacific GeoJournalism project) to build community resilience to climate change by strengthening environmental journalism in the Pacific islands. Local partners included the Pacific Alliance of Development Journalists, the Fiji Media Association, the South Pacific Regional Environment Program and the Media Association Blong Vanuatu.
The project worked to improve the quantity and quality of information on climate change impacts and resilience strategies available to communities by equipping local media to produce fact-based, solutions-oriented coverage of climate change adaptation issues. We carried out journalism training workshops in Samoa, Fiji and Vanuatu and provided story grants to local reporters across the Pacific islands. This support was especially focused on reporting resilience strategies and telling the stories of marginalized groups. EJN also launched a GeoJournalism site, InfoPacific.org, that collected and distributed some of the 50 stories produced and continues to add new stories produced by reporters across the region.
The project ran from 2015 to 2018 and was supported by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) via the Pacific American Climate Fund. It was managed and coordinated by Lagipoiva Cherelle Jackson and Carolyn Yi.
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