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Let’s get talking about ecosystem restoration in Africa: join the GLF Media Workshop in Accra

Are you a media practitioner passionate about environmental reporting? Do you have experience in communicating environmental issues to African audiences? If so, apply to be part of the Global Landscapes Forum Accra Media Workshop, designed to help you boost your environmental coverage and create a cross-border network of African journalists covering landscape-related issues. As we enter the UN Decade for Ecosystem Restoration, the time for raising awareness is now.

Between 29–30 October, leading figures from policy, international development, science, environmental and rights activists, business and finance experts, indigenous communities and youth will meet at GLF Accra in Ghana, to assess and pave the way forward for forest and landscape restoration in Africa.

To that end, the Global Landscapes Forum aims to equip media practitioners to increase their coverage of landscape restoration stories by organizing a one-day media workshop on 27 October, providing knowledge, practical exercises, tools and sources focused on environmental reporting.

The full-day workshop will combine sessions focused on landscape issues, ecosystem restoration in Africa, land rights, as well as editorial skills and tools, with facilitated practical exercises that will help participants apply the knowledge gained, collaborate and share experiences.

Following the workshop, the participants will have full access into AFR100 Annual Meeting and GLF Accra 2019, receiving full support from the GLF team to source stories and conduct interviews. Should participants publish stories as a follow-up to GLF Accra on their respective platforms, the GLF editorial team will evaluate them and choose one to feature on Landscape News, GLF’s news website that receives more than 20,000 readers monthly. The author of the chosen story will have the opportunity to attend the next GLF media workshop organized in Africa.

Candidate profile

  • Media practitioners from African countries
  • Good command of English
  • More than 5 years of experience in communicating on environmental issues
  • Staff or freelance journalists, as well as communication specialists
  • Available to be in Ghana, Accra between 26-30 October 2019
  • Committed to publish stories based on skills and knowledge obtained during the GLF Accra workshop
  • Interested in engaging in the long-run with the GLF to help build a network of African journalists covering environmental issues

To apply, send an e-mail with a brief introduction and the following documents to Alexandra Popescu at a.popescu@cgiar.org, using the subject line “GLF Accra Media Workshop application”:

  • Resumé
  • 200-words bio showing your interest and experience in environmental coverage
  • Passport copy
  • Press pass

Deadline for submissions: 10 September 2019

Results announced: 15 September 2019

Please note, selected journalists will have to agree to GLF terms and conditions regarding travel and workshop logistics.