Journalists from Africa, Asia and Europe Win Climate Change Reporting Grants

Oct 142014

Three journalists from Africa, Asia and Europe have been selected to receive $1,000 reporting grants to cover climate change as part of the ICFJ-United Nations Foundation Climate Change Journalism Fellowship program.

The winners are Jessica Camille Aguirre of Deutsche Presse-Agentur in Berlin, Madison Park of CNN International in Hong Kong, and Dickson Ng’hily of The Guardian Newspaper in Tanzania. They were among 10 journalists who had been selected to participate in a daylong Virtual Climate Change Fellowship on Sept. 3.

The fellowship connected 10 professional journalists who did not typically cover climate change with scientists and policy-makers. These experts introduced the fellows to major climate-change issues and answered their questions about on global warming and other environmental issues. The program was held ahead of the United Nations Climate Summit, giving the fellows information they could use to cover that important global event.

After the virtual fellowship, the Climate Change Fellows proposed stories focusing on the impact of climate change. A panel of judges from ICFJ and the UN Foundation selected the three winners based on how well the proposed story localized climate change, their research and work plans, and how they would use information provided during the fellowship.

The winners of the reporting grants will publish their stories in the coming months.