Women journalists to be trained on environmental challenges

The African Women in Media (AWiM), in partnership with the Solutions Journalism Network is to roll out a training for fellows under the African Environment Journalism Programme on how to address environmental challenges.

In a statement by Dr Yemisi Akinbobola, the Chief Executive Officer of AWiM, on Monday, said the training was underpinned by the African Green Stimulus Program.

She said that the training was also under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. 

According to her, journalists have been invited to pitch environmental stories focused on Africa, especially the gendered aspects of environmental issues.

“Journalists commissioned to produce stories will have access to the training.

“Given the global conversations around the environment, this is a timely and vital project that ensures journalists are equipped with the solutions approach to environmental reporting. 

“We are pleased to have collaborated with the Solutions Journalism Network to develop this important training,” she said.

Akinbobola said that the training aimed at highlighting on how people were responding to environmental challenges on the continent.

She appreciated UN Environment Programme (UNEP), Africa, for supporting the capacity building of women journalists.

She said that the training would cover the basics of solutions journalism reporting, and working storytelling techniques, templates and quiz competition to aid the fellows assimilate faster and better.

“Attendees will discover that solutions journalism is an evidence-based approach that can be used for all beats, all media formats in all countries.

The statement quoted Ruona Meyer, the Africa Initiative Manager for Solutions Journalism Network, saying that the essence of the training was to ensure that participants have clear knowledge on how to report environmental challenges.

“We expect our colleagues to also leave these sessions with a clear knowledge office how to achieve quality reporting on responses to environmental challenges.

“The solutions approach is journalism that takes into account the nuances and realities of our continent, resulting in a fuller narrative about Africa that is instructive, not divisive,” Meyer said.

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