Expanding Networks of Environmental Journalists Worldwide

DC Conference to Strengthen Journalism Associations in 11 countries and the EU

Internews’ Earth Journalism Network is convening a dozen environmental journalism leaders from around the world in Washington DC, as part of EJN’s mission to build and strengthen networks of environmental journalists. The gathering will focus on management training, and several participants will be speaking at a public event being held at the Woodrow Wilson Center on the morning of Friday, April 27th.

The EJN Development conference will bring together environmental journalists, editors and coordinators from Brazil, Cambodia, China, the EU, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Nigeria, the Philippines, Russia, Sierra Leone, and Uzbekistan.

These partners have all worked with EJN in developing small-scale projects to advance environmental journalism, including building local networks of journalists in their home countries.

“As working journalists who now find themselves at the helms of associations and networks, many of our partners have asked for help over the years in building organizational and project management skills,” says James Fahn, director of EJN. “This conference will provide the participants with skills and information needed to independently organize and carry out environmental projects back home,” said Fahn.

During the weeklong conference, the participants will receive training on fundraising, project and budget management, monitoring, evaluation and reporting, and technology and social media. They will also visit with Congressional staff on Capitol Hill and several government and multilateral agencies, including the World Bank. Each part of the conference is designed to allow participants to adapt it as they see fit for their respective local contexts.

The conference will culminate on Friday, April 27th with a public panel at which four of our Asian participants will speak about the challenges they face in seeking to report on environmental issues in challenging circumstances. The event is co-sponsored by the Wilson Center’s China Environment Forum and Environmental Change and Security Program.

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