The Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) held a two day climate change and environmental reporting training workshop at the Smith hotel in Rongai. The training workshop which is the second of its kind to be hosted by PACJA this year is aimed to train and enhance capacity by the media to understand climate change environmental degradation, and their impact on development. Journalists from print, electronic and online media outlets participated in the training.
Communications and Knowledge Management Officer at PACJA Mike O’maera welcomed the journalists to the second training and indicated that PACJA will continue to support the development of journalists in Climate Change Reporting so as to bridge the gap between science and journalism. He noted that journalists should link the work they do in the field with science experts to boost their stories. He noted that the objective of the training was to simplify climate change and science jargon so that the audience could easily follow and embrace environmental stories. Among the objectives of the series of trainings is help reporters to create a mass of journalists that report on climate change and environmental science.
Victor Bwire a trainer and current Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Programs Manager at the Media Council of Kenya, urged journalists to practice advocacy journalism; he challenged them to go beyond writing and actively become advocates on matters of climate change and environment reporting. He challenged the journalists to learn and emulate from other places that have experienced the same environmental issues and how they deal with the problems. He told reporters they should work together with institutions and liaise with organizations and have their stories published on their platforms.
Salome Owuonda, a gender expert at PACJA urged journalists to be gender sensitive while reporting information. She added that reporters should have a gender lens when collecting processing and sharing information and considers the gender perspective throughout so as not to find themselves biased against either gender. Gender mainstreaming in environmental reporting advocates for equity in coverage of both women and men, while at the same time recognizing that either gender carries different weights when it comes to the effects of Climate Change.
On day one of the two day training, the journalists drawn from across the country shared the various scenarios of climate change and environmental degradation being witnessed across the counties.