As part of a journalism competition launched today, ten journalists from the Pacific island region will get the unique chance to travel to and report from this year’s UN climate conference taking place in Bonn, Germany (COP23, 6 – 17 November).
The competition will award journalists from print, on-line and radio/TV with the prize of sponsored participation in the conference, media training at the prestigious DW Akademie and access to UN and other experts.
Fiji will be presiding over COP23 and the Fijian Prime Minister, Frank Bainimarama, will undertake the key role of COP President on behalf of all countries attending.
The competition, which will run from now to June 15, invites journalist
s from Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia (Federated States of), Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. Journalists can be operating in the area of print journalism including on-line, radio and TV and should be representing a recognized media organization.
What should be submitted?
Journalists should submit two examples of their work produced between the beginning of 2016 and now and which illustrate one or all of the following:
- How Pacific Island nations are affected by climate change and how they are building resilience to its inevitable impacts.
- How Pacific Island nations are deploying clean technologies, thereby curbing greenhouse gas emissions and saving on fossil fuel imports.
- How governments and multilateral institutions are providing support in these areas so that Pacific Island communities can take climate action.
The journalistic products should illustrate how local communities are benefiting from such action, and include concrete examples and personal stories.
Applicants can submit examples of their work via e mail or, for TV and radio features, a standard transfer system such as Wetransfer.
The ten winning journalists will receive return air tickets from their country to Bonn; daily subsistence; accreditation to COP23, access to UN and other experts and the opportunity to report from the climate conference as well as a media training package from the DW Akademie. Moreover, the journalistic products of the participants that will be produced at COP23 will feature on a dedicated DW Media Akademie web page, and on the UNFCCC and COP23 Presidency websites.
The candidates are expected to be available to participate for the full duration of COP23 and of the workshop, which means arriving in Germany on 4 November and leaving 19 November.
Please send entries to competitions(at)unfccc.int, with the reference “Pacific island journalism competition” in the subject line.
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