Summer School on Climate Change for Journalists in Tanzania
Jointly, MS Training Centre for Development Cooperation (MS TCDC) and Climate Action Network Tanzania (CAN TZ) consider the media as key and strategic partners in driving climate change issues forward especially through innovative, inclusive and transparent communications that enhance knowledge and skills to take relevant climate change actions.
MS TCDC and CAN TZ are therefore coming together to jointly run the pilot Summer School on Climate Change for Journalists in Tanzania, aimed at enhancing knowledge-based reporting and advocacy on Climate Change in Tanzania.
The training is designed to be a distinctive and comprehensive action-training for journalists on understanding climate change, Tanzania’s Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement, and the role of the media in strengthening resilience and mitigation activities in Tanzania.
The aim of this training is to update journalists’ knowledge, awareness, and skills for improved communication on climate change related topics. It will also equip journalists with state-of-the-art tools and approaches for successful lobbying and advocacy from local to national level for a magnified communication effect that will enhance implementation of NDCs and climate change programs thereby contributing to poverty reduction, sustainable development and climate resilience in Tanzania.
The overall objective of this five-day intensive training workshop is to enhance journalists’ knowledge and skills on climate change communication and capacity on effective reporting skills focusing on climate change related issues, as well as equip them with improved latest communication tools and approaches for effective communication, lobbying and advocacy on climate change mitigation and adaptation at all levels.
- At the end of the training session, all journalists are expected to have an intense understanding of: climate change concepts and terminology the impact of climate change in Tanzania and more generally, the NDC development process and content, implementation and achievements as well as advanced knowledge on climate services.
- Journalists are able to communicate CAN TZ and other stakeholders’ messages to enable appropriate climate action.
- Journalists regularly share their knowledge and up-to-date information on climate change related topics with other journalists and wider stakeholders including decision makers.
- Journalists are able to use various reporting formats (Communication tools) in order to spread climate change messages.
- Journalists report back to CAN TZ every quarter and join the CAN TZ climate change coalition on climate change and NDCs topics in the media where a frequent exchange keeps all journalists up to date.
- Journalists contribute to a long-run communication information sharing platform with other journalists for discussion and dissemination of intended information.
- Journalist are able to expand their coverage to include regional climate information that may be of relevancy to Tanzania including exploring and communicating risks and opportunities that Tanzanians need to look at including market opportunities and technology transfer.
MS TCDC and CAN will select 12 journalists from across Tanzania to participate in this program. The participants will complete a five (5) day training course, which will consist of facilitated participatory lectures and individual work plan where theoretical skills and practical observations skills gained in classrooms will be applied. Overall, the aim is to design a training that follows the approach of learning by doing for journalist.
Applications are open now through April 22 at http://mstcdc.or.tz/climate-change-reporting-journalists