Advance summer school for journalists concluded

  • Published Date : April 30, 2019

On 25th, 26th and 27th April 2019, NEFEJ organized an Advance Summer School so as to capacitate journalists for reporting on environment and climate change issues. NEFEJ has been organizing Summer Schools from the last two years so as to build the capacity of the journalists to write in-depth, investigative and feature stories on environment and climate change issues at the local level. 

The workshop included presentations from experts regarding the concept of climate change and environment while it also included story farming sessions for the participants. Mr. Shiva Gaule, Editor-Centre for Investigative Journalism (CIJ), shared the basic procedure and factors to be considered for carrying out investigative stories. Likewise, Mr. Sabin Sharma, Journalist- Rajdhani Daily, and Mr. Batu Krishna Uprety, Expert, elaborated the concept of climate change and explained the issue in the national context. Along with this, Mr. Batu Krishna Uprety, Expert, also highlighted the environmental and climate change issues in the international context.

On the second day of the workshop, Mr. Ramesh Bhushal, Nepal Editor-The Third Pole, stressed the importance of environment reporting in the current scenario. Similarly, Mr. Nimesh Regmi, General Secretary-NEFEJ and Mr. Rajesh Ghimire, Editor in Chief-NayaPusta, further clarified the issues of climate change with some examples of news reports that could be raised in the media. All the participants were then requested to submit their basic story ideas on four environmental issues that they have seen in their district after which a discussion session was conducted so as to polish the story line.

The last day of the workshop started off with a video presentation from Mr. Nimesh Regmi, General Secretary-NEFEJ, who highlighted the seriousness of plastic pollution in the oceans. He further provided various facts so as to familiarize the participants with the environmental issues. On the basis of the story line formulated on Day II, the participants were divided into two equal groups. The first group was assigned with in-depth stories while the other group was assigned to carry out feature writing. All the eighteen participant journalists presented their final story line including the details about document collection and interviews with expert that would be required to back up their story.

Post the concluding notes from Mr. Nimesh Regmi and Ms. Durga Karki, the workshop ended with closing remarks from NEFEJ- President, Mr. Kosmos Bishwokarma.