Call for Applications

Thomson Reuters Foundation Reporting Climate Change Programme 2017 for Journalists from Asia.

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Application Deadline: 10 April 2017

Dates: 03 July – 07 July | Location: Indonesia, Indonesia
Application deadline: 10 April | Programme: Reporting Climate Change

If you are a journalist in Asia who would like to dig into these huge sums and produce agenda-setting stories on how they are being spent and how different countries in the region are coping with the impact of global warming, then we would like to hear from you.

What kind of stories? From the melting glaciers in the Himalayas to deforestation, changing weather patterns and the impact of typhoons, flooding or drought, the possibilities are vast. Does your country have the climate finance it needs? If or when it arrives, does the money go where it is needed? What kind of projects are receiving funding in your country – and could other countries learn from them? As well as country-focused stories, we will also encourage cross-border collaborations looking at how this money is used across the region.

This programme will draw on the Thomson Reuters Foundation’s long track record of covering climate change and climate funding for a global audience. It will feature an intensive 5-day workshop in Indonesia in July 2017 (dates TBC). The workshop will introduce participants to climate finance, as well as related areas like carbon markets and the cost of disaster management, always using real case studies. It will also demonstrate how data journalism could be applied to this topic. Participants will then receive support from project editors to help them produce original stories. Modest funding will be available to help with reporting costs.

If you are new to climate funding, there are plenty of resource to help you familiarise yourself with the subject. We recommend the Thomson Reuters Foundation’s dedicated news on climate change, as well as Climate Funds Update and the ODI’s “10 things to know about climate finance in 2016”.


  • Journalists working for domestic media in the following countries may apply: Indonesia, China, India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar, Malaysia, Singapore, Lao PDR, Vietnam, Cambodia, Philippines, or Thailand
  • Journalists in Australia, New Zealand and Japan may also apply, however if successful they will have to cover the costs of their participation
  • Journalists working in any medium may apply – print, radio, TV, online
  • We are looking for journalists who are comfortable with numbers and an interest in climate change. Data journalists are encouraged to apply.
  • Journalists must be fluent in English
  • Journalists must have a minimum of one year’s experience. They should either be working full-time for a media organisation, or a freelancer whose main work is journalism


Thomson Reuters Foundation will cover all transport and subsistence costs of journalists participating in this programme. However any journalists who attend from Australia, New Zealand or Japan will have to cover their own costs of participation.


When applying you will be asked to upload the following documents – please have these ready:

  • 2 work samples (maximum file size 5 MB)
  • A letter from your editor consenting to your participation in the programme and committing to publish/broadcast resulting stories

   For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Thomson Reuters Foundation Reporting Climate Change Programme 2017

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