Short-term Training on Environmental Journalism

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    The United Nations University Institute for Natural Resources in Africa (UNU-INRA, Accra) is one of the 15 research and training institutes/programmes that constitute the United Nations University’s (UNU) worldwide network. The Institute’s aim is to contribute to the sustainable development of Africa’s natural resources through capacity strengthening.

    Environmental information and environmental action are said to be inseparable. UNU-INRA therefore recognizes the need for reaching the mass with simplified and accurate environmental information, as well as the pivotal role that the mass media can play in disseminating environmental information.

    In accordance with its mandate to promote efficient and sustainable use of the continent’s natural resources, the Institute is organizing short-term training on Environmental Journalism.

    The objective is to Impart hands on training in accurate assessment of changing human environment interaction so that the participants can report environmental issues in a credible manner.

    The course will be conducted from 3-14 November, 2014, at UNU-INRA (International House Building, University of Ghana (Legon Campus), Accra, Ghana),

    Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:

    • Identify key aspects of human environment interactions
    • Describe the state of natural resources/environment in Africa
    • List key ethical guidelines in environmental journalism
    • Discuss environmental reporting challenges
    • Interpret scientific data relating to environmental issues accurately
    • Define  data types relating to the environment (temporal, spatial and auxiliary data)
    • Report on environmental issues in the context of socio-cultural and socio-economic realms

    The application deadline is 15 October.

    Course content

    • Human environment interaction in the globalized world
    • The state of African environment/natural resources
    • Sustainable development ideals
    • Environmental change assessment
    • Science and environmental journalism
    • Social media and environmental reporting

    Target audience

    The Environmental Journalism course is intended to enhance the capacity of active journalists who have:

    • A minimum of first degree in journalism or related fields or
    • A diploma with over 5 years experience in journalism. 


    The language of the course is English. Therefore, fluent English is essential.


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