Thomson Reuters Foundation has partnered with the United Nations Foundation to train over 500 journalists, government and non-governmental leaders worldwide ahead of landmark United Nations Summits on sustainable development and climate change by mid-August 2015.
The intensive training programme aims to provide professionals from 33 countries with information, tools and strategies to understand the complex issues surrounding the next set of UN global development goals. The programme will enable reporters, editors and spokespeople to better understand, report and communicate around some of the issues related to two crucial upcoming UN conferences: the UN Summit in New York in September that will see the adoption of the new Global Goals, and the UN Climate Change Conference in December in Paris, which is aimed at reaching a universal climate agreement. The courses
Thomson Reuters is looking for applications from journalists focusing on sustainability and climate change reporting with a maximum of five years’ experience – OR journalists with more experience and who have not covered this topic before, but who have a marked interest in starting to cover sustainable development.
Journalists who cover the local communities, where the achievement of these new sustainability goals might really make an impact, as well as nationwide, will be very welcome. We are not looking for applicants who are already experts in covering sustainable development and climate change.
They are particularly keen to find participants based in the cities where the courses are taking place. If based elsewhere, travel and accommodation are not covered. The course itself is free of charge.
Those interested please email Marta Machado with two samples of published work (even if not climate/sustainability-related) and a short statement on why they feel they should cover the new SDGs and hence be selected to attend the course, including details of how long they have been working in journalism.
Training courses will take place in Johannesburg on 13-17 July.
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