Environment

Covering Community Forest Management

A workshop for Mexican Journalists

Oaxaca, Mexico, April 3-6, 2008

The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) held a workshop on covering community forestry and forest conservation. Applications were welcomed from Mexican journalists who wished to sharpen their skills for reporting on communal forest management. Approximately 80 percent of Mexico’s forests are managed by communities, mostly called “ejidos.” Researcher David Bray has described these as potentially global models for sustainable management of tropical forest lands.

Escucha! Taking Community Radio Digital in the Americas

The International Center for Journalists aims to build stronger and better-informed communities of Latin American immigrants by creating a corps of community radio reporters and citizen journalists who will develop and share higher-quality multimedia programming across stations and borders.

Dec 92008

ICFJ Boosts Climate Change Coverage in India

When the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) sent longtime journalist Arul Louis to boost reporting on climate change in India, he knew he faced a challenge. In the media of India, one of the developing world’s biggest and fastest growing economies, the topic of climate change has rarely bubbled to the surface.

Nov 112008

Knight Foundation head and young journalists discuss journalism education and media in India

Can India’s theory-heavy journalism education face the challenges from the country’s media explosion? A group of young journalists from Indo-Asian News Service discussed media education and the emerging new media with Alberto Ibarguen, the president and CEO of the John S. and James L.

Oct 92008

Newspaper Reports Change Local Government Policies

There are 14 hospitals in Pekanbaru City (Riau Province), Sumatera Island, Indonesia. Six of them have no waste water treatment facilities. All the untreated waste water from those hospitals streams out to city drain and then to the river. And seven hospitals have no incinerators to burn medical wastes. They dump all medical wastes to public waste dump site. How did media change the government policies on hospital wastes?

There are 14 hospitals in Pekanbaru City (Riau Province), Sumatera Island, Indonesia.

Aug 82008

Editors' Consultation Eyes Climate Change

What help do journalists want when they cover climate change and development? And what do leaders who help shape global policies on climate change say is the media’s role?

To find out, the International Center for Journalists' Knight International Journalism Fellowships and The Energy and Resources Institute brought journalists and climate-change leaders together at an Editors' Consultation in New Delhi on Saturday, Feb.

May 292008

Green to Greenbacks: Covering the Business of Climate Change

Climate change is not all about looming disasters. It's also about business: There's money to be made in helping fight the effects of climate change under programs known as clean development mechanism. Just one element, carbon markets, generated trades worth $64 billion (or about Rs 2,560 billion). The Energy Resources Institute and the Knight International Journalism Fellowships Program of the International Center for Journalists organized a seminar for business and environment reporters and editors on this complex subject.

May 52008

Knight International Fellow Addresses International Leaders in Climate Change at Athens Conference

Knight International Journalism Fellow Arul Louis spoke about "Climate Change, Development, Democracy and the Media" at the Athens Summit 2008 Global Climate and Energy Security. He was one of the six speakers at the session on "Journalism and the Environment: Motivating the Public Opinion."

The conference brought together senior government officials, international civil servants, corporate leaders, financiers, academic and market analysts from the energy and environmental communities.

Louis is based at The Energy and Resources Institute in New Delhi.

Mar 222008

"Green City:" Indonesian Newspaper Launches Weekly Environmental Report

On March 17, 2008, Tribun Pekanbaru, a local newspaper that is part of the Persda newspaper group in Indonesia, published a photo showing used syringes floating in the drain of Ibu dan Anak (Mother and Child) Zaenab Hospital. A private hospital in Pekanbaru, capital of Riau Province in Sumatra, Ibu dan Anak Zaenab treats mothers and children. Like all but three hospitals in the province, it does not have a waste water treatment facility, nor does it have an incinerator to burn medical and hospital waste.

Feb 222008

What the media needs to better cover climate change

Journalists at the Editors' Consultation on Climate Change in New Delhi on Feb. 9. The journalists at a recent round table that brought them face to face with key leaders who shape global climate change policies discussed the problems they face covering the issues and suggested ways to help them better cover the beat.

At the Editors’ Consultation, organized by ICFJ's Knight International Journalism Fellowships and The Energy and Resources Institute in New Delhi on Feb.