an ice breaker for journalists from south and southeast asian nations

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                            A unique opportunity to Learn, Report and Network

                            International Federation of Environmental Journalists (IFEJ) Congress

     Theme: “Bridging North-South Differences in Reporting Climate Change: Journalists‟ Role in Reaching an
                                     Agreement at COP15 in Copenhagen”
                        Venue: India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, India. October 28-30, 2009

IFEJ, a global network with journalists from nearly 70 countries and founded in Dresden, Germany in 1993 (, in
collaboration with the Forum of Environmental Journalists of India (FEJI) and CMS Academy of Communication and
Convergence Studies (, New Delhi, is inviting 15 professional journalists from South Asia
(specifically 5 from Bangladesh, 3 from Pakistan, 3 from Nepal, 2 from Sri lanka and 1 each from Maldives and Bhutan) to
participate in its 12th congress to discuss how Climate Change is reported in the global North and South. The meeting will
provide a great opportunity to share your views and experiences with journalists from around Asia, Europe and America who
report on the issue, to learn about adaptation methods that pertain to South Asian conditions and to subsequently report on
them. The meeting will also provide a unique North-South perspective on climate change negotiations, prior to the key UN
Climate Change conference (COP15) at Copenhagen in December 2009. The congress is supported by Denmark, the
COP15 host country.

The Congress, which will be held concurrently with the 5th CMS VATAVARAN – Environment and Wildlife Film Festival, will
also be followed by an exciting six-day all-expenses-paid field trip to Leh in Ladakh from October 31 to November 5, offering
journalists an exclusive opportunity to film, photograph and write on Himalayan glacial melt. Seats for this opportunity
however are very limited and selected participants need to confirm their interest in the trip with their applications.
Computer-Assisted Reporting:
Out of Plenary sessions at the Congress, IFEJ, with the collaboration of trainers from the Norwegian Institute of Journalism,
is also facilitating training of journalists – including media studies faculty and a few students – in tools like Using the Web for
Investigative Journalism and Excel. The workshop is supported by the Royal Norwegian Embassy. Journalists and media
faculty/students who specifically register for these sessions will be participating. Only Journalists having their own laptops
are eligible to be invited for this session. Applicants should indicate their interest in these sessions.

Financial Support:
IFEJ will pay airfare, transportation, hotel and board for all selected participants. Selected participants will be required to
commit in writing to either filing two stories or one broadcast clip after the event.

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Application details are below.

Eligibility: Professional journalists, including freelancers. Please indicate which publication you work for, scan and send us
your ID from the publication. For freelance journalists, please fill up the entry form, attached, providing a credible media
reference with telephone number/email, preferably the editor of the publication you write for.

Please Send by email:
    a. A copy of your professional ID or a credible media reference with full contact details.

     b. Print & Online journalists: Either two published stories on climate change or any environmental story as close as
        possible to this theme, both in full and its links online. Scanned copies of articles will also do. Only soft copies of
        material are acceptable, clearly indicating source and date.

     c. Broadcast journalists: One clip on Climate Change or any story as close as possible to this theme.

     d. Filled in application form (enclosed in PDF format or click on to download the form)

Application deadline: Early bird: 15th July, 2009. Final deadline: 30th July, ,2009.

Application to be sent to: with subject line as „ IFEJ application SOUTH ASIA‟. …………..

For any queries, please contact Keya Acharya, FEJI Vice Chairperson. Email: /

or Landline: + 91 80-2559 4597 or visit or


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