Programme for Journalists on Understanding Climate Change Issues and Quality Reporting

Funded by: Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Dhaka
Project period: April 2015 to December 2015

News Network implemented the project in climate change affected districts of Rajshahi, Cox’s Bazar, Bagerhat and Khulna in Bangladesh. Objectives of the project were to sensitise journalists on climate change issues and improve their professional ability for quality reporting.

News Network believes that journalists have a greater role in making people more aware and can develop mass opinion for adapting to climate change. Policy planners, officials, public representatives are still getting benefits from reports of trained journalists.  Above all, they are playing the role of watchdog on environmental issues and governance.

Agendas of the action were; (i) to make local journalists and editors better understanding on climate change issues, how they affect the country, their adaptation and environmental governance and (ii) skill development training of local journalists for better news reporting on climate change issues.

The one-year project was successfully completed in December 2015. Under the project a total of 60 journalists, including 53 male and 7 females were trained up accordingly.