Media 21, journalism and climate change


To strengthen the skills of the media as regards the coverage of environmental issues relating to climate change
To raise awareness among the media of the challenges and implications of the COP21 conference, to help the people in the countries concerned to better understand and take ownership of them
To contribute to COP21 through the presentation of local reports on adaptation to climate change, produced by journalists from Africa and Southeast Asia



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January 2015
February 2016
This project is finished


As host to the 2015 Climate Conference in Paris, ahead of the event, France wants to instigate a positive debate, bringing people together, on the subject of the fight against global warming.
To help raise awareness of the issues posed by global warming as widely as possible, the "Media 21, Journalism and Climate Change" project is designed to inform and educate the media in East Africa, Madagascar and Southeast Asia on the challenges and implications of this international event. It aims to make climate change a topic of discussion in areas that are already suffering the effects of global warming, with a view to raising awareness among the public and, ultimately, bringing about changes in behaviour.

Through this project, the media, which have a key role in the success of the 2015 Paris Climate Conference, learn about the commitments made by the participating States, improve their knowledge of environmental issues and pass on the information in a format that can be understood by the general public.

The project also has another side: support for the media in investigative reporting on the subject of initiatives for adaptation to climate change. The reports, reflecting positive experiences implemented locally in Asia and Africa, will then be publicised alongside the 2015 Paris Conference Climate.

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Project beneficiaries

  • 8 web journalists and bloggers from Madagascar, Kenya and Tanzania
  • 10 radio journalists from Madagascar
  • 10 editors in chief from each ASEAN country
  • 10 teams of investigative journalists from ASEAN

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1.Covering a conference in line with the expectations of the target public groups

Web and radio journalists selected following a call for applications attend an international scientific conference entitled "Our Common Future Under Climate Change" in July 2015 to learn about climate change, refining their methodology and preparing interviews and profiles.

A second session, before and during COP21, provides journalists with the tools to understand negotiations and enables them to develop their network of experts. They place the spotlight on issues specific to the African continent and provide fair and balanced coverage of the proceedings.

Journalism and climate change: the Médias 21 project award winners

June 4, 2015

After a call for applications CFI has chosen those who are to take part in Médias 21. Attendees will receive training in how to cover climate-change issues and investigative pieces on local initiatives in this area, ahead of the COP21 conference in December 2015.

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Media 21 Africa: first workshop in Nairobi

June 10, 2015

On 1–11 June 2015 UNESCO's offices in Nairobi (Kenya) are staging the first training course for web journalists and bloggers from Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Madagascar who were selected to take part in the Media 21 project. They will learn about climate change issues and how to produce professional reports tailored to the local environment.

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Media 21: new meeting in Bangkok

July 1, 2015

The second training session for the Media 21 Asia project is being held from 29 June to 3 July 2015, on the occasion of the Regional Forum on Climate Change in Bangkok. Subtitled Low Carbon and Resilient Societies: Bridging Science, Practice and Policy, the forum will take place on 1-3 July and Media 21 Asia participants are being given the chance to get involved.

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Medias 21: Meeting the scientists in Paris

July 16, 2015

As part of the second training session in the Media 21 project, bloggers, online journalists and radio reporters from East Africa and Madagascar came together in Paris on 7-10 July 2015 for the UNESCO-sponsored international scientific conference Our common future under climate change.

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The Final Countdown to COP21

November 4, 2015

With one month to go before the 21st COP21 takes place in Paris, the African radio and Internet journalists involved in the Media 21 project assembled at Victoria Falls and Antananarivo to take part in the final training courses.

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2.Enhancing investigative journalism techniques on an environmental topic

Web journalists are trained in the techniques of reporting on scientific matters.
They are then guided as they prepare an investigative report on environmental issues concerning how people are adapting to climate change. The reports are regularly published by the online media involved and on the Media 21 platform.

3.Developing skills in the production of news programmes relating to climate change

Two training sessions for Malagasy radio stations help journalists learn more about and take on board issues relating to climate change.

Radio stations are encouraged to take into account traditional aspects and local customs to enable them to raise awareness of climate issues more effectively and encourage people to implement strategies for coping with them.

Training local Madagascan radio stations on climate change issues

May 18, 2015

On 27 April–8 May 2015, the Alliance Française of Fianarantsoa hosted the first MEDIA 21 project training workshop for ten local Madagascan radio stations.

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Forty journalists report live from COP21!

December 15, 2015

Medias 21 journalists from Asia and Africa are covering the United Nations Paris Climate Change Conference (4 to 11 December 2015). Find out more from their articles and reports.

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4.Establishment of a radio magazine production network

Radio stations receive financial support for the production of programmes on global warming. These programmes are pooled in a programme database which can be accessed by all stations participating in the project.

A competition at the end awards prizes for the best magazine programmes, with six journalists being selected to attend COP21.

Media 21: first online publications by Asian media

August 5, 2015

Following their participation in the Regional Forum on Climate Change ( Low Carbon and Resilient Societies: Bridging Science, Practice and Policy) in Bangkok in July 2015, journalists from the Asian media outlets that benefitted from the Media 21 project have published a number of online articles on climate change issues.

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Media 21: first online publications by African journalists

August 5, 2015

Brought together in Paris in early July 2015 for the UNESCO International Scientific Conference ( Our Common Future Under Climate Change), the web and radio journalists and bloggers from East Africa and Madagascar who benefitted from the Media 21 project have published a number of online articles on climate change issues.

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COP21: 20 on-the-ground reports from Africa and South-East Asia

December 15, 2015

The internet journalists, radio reporters and bloggers from East Africa and Madagascar taking part in the Media 21 project are in Paris from 4-13 December 2015 to cover COP21. They have already published around 30 online articles on local climate change issues.

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5.Educational support for environmental issues

Various training sessions are held for the editors in chief of media from the ASEAN region, on:

  • Knowledge of the issues involved in climate change
  • Writing about climate change: how to address the issue, what angle to take and what editorial strategy to employ
  • Coverage of a scientific conference through participation at a conference in Jakarta
  • Preparation of topics for investigation and articles on the issues of the 2015 Paris Climate Conference or global warming
  • Coverage of the 2015 Paris Climate Conference

The role of the media in the fight against climate change debated in Laos

November 12, 2015

As part of Media21 project fringe activities, and just a few weeks before COP21 in Paris, Eric Glover, the journalist and scientist – CFI project lead in Myanmar – was in Laos to take part in the Research on Climate Change Days, which took place from 22 to 27 October 2015. Here is his report…

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6.Training in investigative techniques in relation to environmental topics

Training broken down into three stages for the production of an investigative report on a positive local initiative in response to the effects of climate change:

  • Presentation of the rules of journalistic investigation, choice of subject, angle and writing, and preparation of a timetable
  • Coverage of a scientific conference to increase knowledge, and interviews with experts as part of the investigation conducted,
  • Training ahead of the 2015 Paris Climate Conference in how to pitch the investigations to be presented to other media

7.Presentation of the results of investigations during the COP21 conference

A communication campaign carried out for the 2015 Paris Climate Conference promotes the investigations conducted as part of this project.

The participants selected present their own investigation and highlight the positive local initiatives undertaken in their region.

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