Oxfam Workshop on Reporting Climate Change & COP 17

We often hear that climate change will affect Africa “first and worst”. But the voices of African people are often not heard in the international media discourse, for a range of reasons from poor communications infrastructure to affected communities living in remote and inaccessible areas.

Many journalists in South Africa also say that climate change stories are hard to sell to the news desk or that it is not a subject their audiences are interested in.

As you know COP 17 will be held in Durban at the end of 2011, a first for the continent and a unique opportunity for African stories to be told on the international media stage.

Ahead of COP 17, Oxfam will be hosting a training workshop for journalists, to enable them to report on this vital event.

These workshop aims to help journalists understand the science behind climate change show why climate change is a development issue affecting areas as diverse such as health, gender and education improve their reporting skills focus on the human impact of climate change

We will be running a 3-day workshop at the Institute for the Advancement of Journalism in Johannesburg from 1-3 June and would encourage you to apply.

If you would like to participate, please contact me on NJohnston@oxfam.org.uk to request an Application Form.

Please note that places on this course are limited to 15 participants, so it is important that we receive your application as soon as possible. We also have no budget to provide travel or accommodation for journalists from outside the city.

Yours sincerely

Nicole Johnston