Knight International Journalism Fellowships

India: Cultivating Greener Coverage


In India, Knight International worked with TERI, one of the world's premier environmental research organizations, to raise the level of environmental reporting in a country seriously affected by global warming. Along with TERI, Knight Fellow Arul Louis held a summit on the environment for top editors and convinced many to expand coverage. He also partnered with the Indo-Asian News Service (IANS) and other media groups to incorporate reporting on the environment into all beats, from business to entertainment and sports.

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  • Worked with local news organization to produce stories on the environment in Hindi, Tamil and other languages.
  • Held a "Green to Greenbacks" program that gave business journalists the skills to write about carbon training and other complex issues related to climate change.
  • Developed cell-phone system for delivery of pollution alerts by the Indo-Asian News Service.
  • Created climate-change glossaries for the media in Assamese and Tamil.

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  • In India, journalists will be able to have unprecedented resources aimed to improve environmental coverage. Along with Knight Fellow Arul Louis, the New Delhi-based Indo-Asian News Service has developed and launched a post-graduate-level professional school for journalists that focuses on coverage of issues related to poverty and development; and training underprivileged populations to develop community oriented news coverage.

    09/28/2011