More than 170 people gathered for the first Climate Communications Day, organized by Internews amid the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Summit in Durban. And for the fifth year in a row, Internews and its partners sponsored journalism Fellows who reported on the intricate negotiations for their audiences at home. Read more coverage from Durban.
Set up by Internews’ Earth Journalism Network, Panos and the International Institute for Environment and Development, the CCMP’s main activity is a fellowship program that enables journalists to report on intergovernmental climate-change negotiations.
I have found that activists, advocates and even policy-makers complain that the mass media ignores ‘their issue’. The general charge is the media’s lack of commitment to social issues and its focus on sensational and juicy stories. What people often ignore is that the media, just like any other industry, follows its constituencies, and hence reports what it deems appropriate for its market. The media follows stories that are considered newsworthy and interesting for its readers. Issues that are deemed newsworthy have a much better chance of being picked up.
The 18 journalists – from Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean and the United States – will spend two weeks at the COP17 conference of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change to report on the intergovernmental negotiations and receive training, editorial support, special briefings from senior scientists and a field trip, among other activities.