The Centre for Investigative Journalism
The Centre for Investigative Journalism

Climate change training and mentoring for Journalists in Pakistan

Journalists in Pakistan will receive training and mentoring under the Open Climate Reporting Initiative (OCRI) of the Centre for Investigative Journalism (CIJ) London following the partnership with Media Unlimited for the South Asia region.

Media Unlimited, will expand the OCRI footprint by first implementing a Training-of-Trainers (ToT) to build a pool of at least 5 trainers who can teach the developed training modules to others. After the ToT, 3 different regional training sessions are planned for professional and citizen Journalists in Karachi, Quetta, and Islamabad.

Applications have now closed for the first regional training in Karachi holding in June. But follow Media Unlimited on Twitter to be notified about the next call for applications. 

The disaggregation of the training into regions is aimed at ensuring that the training is customised to take on the climate change peculiarities locally as well as bringing on board local area experts to add value in sessions. A networking, fellowship and mentorship programme will follow the regional training to build a digital network of journalists who will focus to report on environmental and climate issues as well as guiding 12 selected participants for mentoring to execute data-driven, investigative, and accurate news reporting on climate change. Media Unlimited will also showcase and reward the 3 best stories published based on a set grading criteria.

The CIJ is excited to work with Journalists in Pakistan to interrogate the multifaceted climate change issues in the country. It will be recalled that Pakistan experienced one of the recent climate change disasters following the floods that took place in the summer of 2022. According to the World Bank, the floods affected 33 million people, more than 1,700 lost their lives and it is estimated that 8 million were directly displaced.

Published: 07 Jun 2023