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DUNIA : journalism and the climate emergency

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10 October 2019
24 November 2019 - 23:00 TU

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Kenya, Uganda and Ethiopia
Kenya, Uganda and Ethiopia
Media organisations, freelance journalists and bloggers
The project will select four media outlets per country, giving 12 outlets in total.

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The climate emergency is currently one of the most important global issues. And Africa is the continent that is most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Local media have a key role to play in the response to climate change. CFI is launching the DUNIA project (lasting 18 months) with the aim of helping to increase the coverage of the issues and consequences of climate change in East Africa via the media.
1. DUNIA PROJECT

The climate emergency is currently one of the most important global issues. And Africa is the continent that is most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Local media have a key role to play in the response to climate change. They have a responsibility to inform the general public of its causes, relay existing solutions and adaptation opportunities as well as to monitor public policies implemented at local, national and international level.

However, these issues are still all too often under-explored and given little visibility on the media’s editorial agenda.

There are numerous causes for this disaffection: lack of training and knowledge of journalists on these subjects, difficulty in accessing sources, lack of willingness and means to grasp the transverse nature of this topic, an alarmist coverage of the subject that fosters feelings of fear and catastrophe.

Within this context, CFI is launching the DUNIA project (lasting 18 months) with the aim of helping to increase the coverage of the issues and consequences of climate change in East Africa via the media.

This project will be implemented by CFI, the French media development agency, which actively promotes the development of the media in Africa, the Arab world and South-East Asia. The project is part of CFI’s “Media & Development” programme, which seeks to encourage media organisations in the Global South to take up development issues, by strengthening the relationship of trust between journalists and civil society.

The main project objectives are:

  • To strengthen the role of the media as tools for monitoring, raising awareness, and engaging in issues associated with climate change and its impacts at both national and international level;
  • To encourage collaboration, multi-stakeholders dialogue and cooperation between the media and the scientific community, institutional decision-makers, and representatives of civil society in order to considerably increase the number of articles addressing the issue of climate in a more professional and applicable way;
  • To support the media in covering climate change in a way that is both more original and generates less fear, by promoting prospects of solutions and adaptation closely linked to the concerns of local populations and by considering the gender-related impacts s of climate change.
2. WHO IS IT FOR?

DUNIA is aimed at media organisations (radio, print/online media, TV) and/or freelance journalists and/or bloggers looking to:

  • develop or broaden their content associated with environmental issues and global warming.
  • strengthen their editorial capabilities in covering topics focusing on ecology and climate change.

DUNIA is restricted to professionals based in the following countries: Kenya, Uganda and Ethiopia.

The project will select four media outlets per country, giving 12 outlets in total.

For each media outlet, two participating journalists will be identified by each outlet manager. One of the two chosen journalists must be female. It will be the responsibility of each outlet director to divide evenly the participation to the various project activities between the two chosen journalists.

3. ANTICIPATED OUTCOMES?

By offering support for a period of 18 months, the DUNIA project aims to achieve the following results:

  • The media outlets master and take ownership of concepts associated with climate change and its many dimensions (environmental, social, political, climate justice and finance, health, etc.): climate coverage is enhanced, both quantitatively and qualitatively, within editorial boards offices and in the editorial policy of each media outlet;
  • The media outlets are in a position to carry out surveys on environmental topics and create spaces for dialogue with governmental authorities on fundamental issues, in particular regarding political commitments to climate governance.
  • The media outlets work with the scientific community, institutional actors and civil society to report on the causes of climate change and how it affects the most vulnerable populations.
  • The media are able to cover subjects associated with adaptation to climate change and give visibility to innovative and constructive local solutions.
4. SYNTHETIC CONTENT OF THE PROGRAMME

To achieve these results, the project offers various activities:

  • One opening and initial consultation seminar with the aim of reflecting on the space devoted to climate change coverage in the media and better understanding the priority climate issues in the three target countries.
  • One editorial management session to encourage editorial managers to assign more value to climate change in their programme schedules and editorial agenda.
  • Two training sessions on investigative journalism covering climate topics.
  • Seven debate and brainstorming workshops in each country. They will allow various stakeholders to come together and share knowledge and understand the work and areas of expertise of the various actors of the field (scientific, civil society, associations, collectives, etc.).
  • Two training/activity sessions on-site in each country Training/activity sessions combining a theoretical session on a specific problem and a field visit will be planned, bringing together journalists, researchers and other relevant actors.
  • One awareness-raising and training session on solution journalism.
  • One competition for the best investigative reporting and solution-oriented reporting developed during the project.

The project will also offer the following remote activities:

  • One remote online training session focusing on the concepts of climate change
  • Remote mentoring for developing investigative reporting for developing solution-oriented media content

Dynamics fostering joint work and content sharing will be encouraged throughout the project.

4. KEY DATES

This call for applications will select four media outlets per beneficiary country.
The provisional schedule is as follows:

• Publication of the call for applications
10 October 2019

• Deadline for receipt of applications on the online platform: 23:00 GMT (no deadline extensions will be granted)
10 November 2019

• Announcement of results
23 November 2019

• Project launch seminar (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)
16, 17, 18 December 2019

• Editorial management session
20-25 January 2020

• Remote online training session on basic knowledge of climate change and the main concepts associated with it
6 January-20 April 2020

• One training session on solution journalism
4-9 May 2020

• Remote mentoring and monitoring on solution-focused topics
10 May to end of November 2020

• One training session on integrating the “gendre” dynamic into the climate change response and adaptation strategies
8-12 June 2020

• Training session on investigative journalism (1/2)
19-28 August 2020

• Training session on investigative journalism (2/2)
23-28 September 2020

• Remote follow-up on inquiries
October to January 2021 (finalisation of inquiries at start of February 2021)

• Seven debates and brainstorming workshops
June 2020 to April 2021

• Six training/activity sessions in the field
May 2020 and February 2021

• Competition and project close-out seminar
April 2021

CFI reserves the right to amend the dates proposed in this schedule if the circumstances so require. CFI will provide the beneficiaries with advance warning of this in reasonable time.

5. PROJECT SUPPORT

All the beneficiary journalists will be fully covered for any costs incurred in attending the training sessions (international transport, accommodation, meals, on-site transport).

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA

The application assessment criteria will focus on:

• The media outlet’s general motivation for participating in this project;
• The media outlet’s experience in journalistic coverage of global warming issues;
• The media outlet’s level of development and structure;
• The willingness to include subjects associated with climate change in their editorial agenda, both in terms of improved quality and quantity;
• The presence of female journalists and the willingness to develop their skills on climate-related topics.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

The selected media outlets must:
• Be a non-political radio, TV, print or online media outlet, a freelance journalist or blogger with proof of at least two years of existence;
• Be based in one of the three target countries: Kenya, Ethiopia and Uganda;
• Be aware of environmental issues;
• Be open to a collective work dynamic;
• Commit that at least one female journalist from among its staff will be participating in the training activities;
• Have a good level oral understanding and writing in English (training sessions will be held in English);
• Be capable of working at full capacity in an academic and professional environment;
• Undertake to participate full-time in all training sessions;
• Undertake to create multiple reports to be published by the media outlet for which the journalist works and on the CFI project platform.

CFI is committed to pursuing an ambitious gender-promotion policy through all its projects. For this reason, very favourable consideration will be given to applications from media outlets run by women and/or to the proportion of female journalists or females in decision-making positions within the teams of the media outlet.

COMPOSITION OF THE APPLICATION DOSSIER

1/ For traditional media organisations (radio, print/online media, TV)

To apply, the outlet manager must provide the following elements in English:

• A letter from the outlet manager

substantiating the following:

o Their motivation for participating in this support project and what they plan to accomplish
o The importance for the media outlet of covering climate issues (current positioning and desired positioning in the future)

committing to the following:

o The shared participation of two journalists at training sessions, including one female
o Sufficient time available to the journalists to carry out their investigations
o The publication of the work carried out by the journalists benefitting from the project (reports, investigations, etc.)

• A brief presentation of the media outlet
• A CV for each of the two candidate journalists
• Copies of articles or reports associated with ecological problems written by the candidate journalists
• A copy of the passport and good quality portrait photo of the two candidate journalists

2/ For bloggers with a personal blog, the candidate must provide the following elements in English:

A letter detailing their motivation for participating in this support project and their what they plan to accomplish, the importance of covering climate issues in their blog (current positioning and desired positioning in the future); their commitment to be available for the training sessions and to produce reports and their commitment to publish the works that result from the project (reports, investigations, etc.)
● A brief presentation of the blog
● The blogger’s CV
● Copies of articles or reports associated with ecological problems written by the candidate
● A copy of the passport and good quality portrait photo of the candidate

3/ For blogging platforms (blog involving teams of bloggers), the manager must provide the following elements in English:

A letter

substantiating the following:

o Their motivation for participating in this support project and what they plan to accomplish
o The importance for the blog of covering climate issues (current positioning and desired positioning in the future)

committing to the following:

o Their motivation for participating in this support project and their ambitions stemming from this
o The importance for the blog of covering climate issues (current positioning and desired positioning in the future)
o The shared participation of one or two bloggers at training sessions, including one female
o Sufficient time available to the bloggers to carry out their investigations
o The publication of the work carried out by the bloggers benefitting from the project (reports, investigations, etc.)

● A brief presentation of the blog
● A CV for the blogger or for each of the two bloggers nominated by the manager
● Copies of articles or reports associated with ecological problems written by the candidate bloggers
● A copy of the passport and good quality portrait photo of the (two) candidate blogger(s)

4/ For freelance journalists

To apply, the freelance journalist must provide the following elements in English:

● A letter

substantiating the following:

o Their motivation for participating in this support project and what they plan to accomplish
o The importance of covering climate issues (current positioning and desired positioning in the future)
o Their commitment to be available for the training sessions and publish the reports and investigations carried out during the project

● A complete and detailed CV
● Copies of articles or reports associated with ecological problems written by the candidate
● A copy of the passport and good quality portrait photo of the candidate

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