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.


  • 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.

Our Stories

  • 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.

  • Sep 172008

    Journalists Are Vital in Educating Public on Climate Change

    Knight International Journalism Fellow Arul Louis discusses media and climate change with Dr. R.K. Pachauri, director-general of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), a New Delhi-based organization that focuses on sustainable development. On Aug. 31, Dr. Pachauri was reelected chairman of the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The panel, which Dr. Pachauri has led since 2002, shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with former U.S.

  • 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 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.



  • 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.