Environmental science journalists organisations from Brazil, Europe, Latvia, Nigeria, Philippines, and Romania are collaborating to organise training sessions under a programme being supported by the European Community.
Tagged “Flag It!”, the project will teach young journalists how to use digital tools to map environmental issues. Brazilian environmental journalist, Gustavo Faleiros (of O Eco), will facilitate the training sessions.
Funded by the European Community (EC) Youth in Action programme, the project is being executed by the European Youth Press (EYP), with Association O Eco – Brazil, Philippines Network of Environmental Journalists (PNEJ), Nigerian Association of Science Journalists (NASJ), Association of Students at Journalism and Communication Studies – Romania, and Forum for European Journalists Students – Latvia, as partner organisations.
The project entails four workshops that will hold in Rio de Janeiro (or Sao Paulo), Lagos, Manila and Bucharest between now and October 2013. Each workshop will feature two participants each from the partner organisations.
The conferences/workshops will hold thus: Brazil (27 May to 2 June), Nigeria (1 to 7 July), Philippines (9 to 14 September) and Romania (7 to 13 October). At the end of every workshop, participants are expected to write stories (that will be published on the Flag It! website, and other news media). The EYP will take care of the expenses of all participants at the forums. Writers of the best articles from each participating country organisation will be sponsored to attend the 2013 UNFCCC Climate Change Conference scheduled to hold in November in Warsaw, Poland.