Covering the Green Beat in Asia
The future of Earth's environment will be decided in Asia, home to 60 percent of the world's population and some of the world's fastest-growing economies. Journalists play a key role in informing audiences about the future and current state of the environment and what can be done to protect it. Yet, in a time when environmental issues have never been more pressing, media coverage remains constrained. Thousands of journalists are working to correct the imbalance, making great efforts to cover the environment in the face of obstacles from governments, corporations, criminal elements, and even their own editors.
Join us for a panel discussion with environmental journalism leaders Imelda Abano (Philippines), IGG Maha Adi (Indonesia); Joydeep Gupta (India); and Lican Liu (China); they will discuss their work as reporters and the actions they have taken to support environmental journalism in their countries and region.
- Lican Liu is in charge of the water program at Greenovation Hub, a Chinese NGO focused on environmental protection and innovation. Liu also works for the International Center for Communication Development, where he manages the Environmental Health and Climate Change program that aims to improve Chinese journalists’ understanding and coverage of these issues.
- An energy and environment reporter for over 15 years, in 2011 IGG Maha Adi became editor in-chief at www.beritalingkungan.com , the first independent environmental website in Indonesia.
- As Director of the Third Pole Project, run jointly by ChinaDialogue and Internews’ Earth Journalism Network, Joydeep Gupta writes and commissions articles on climate change, biodiversity, pollution and sustainable development for the bilingual environmental news website www.thethirdpole.net.
- Imelda Abano has covered environmental and development issues in the Philippines for 14 years. She is the Senior Correspondent of the Philippine Business Mirror Daily. Albano is the President of the Philippine Network of Environmental Journalists Inc, which she founded in 2010 with the assistance from Internews.
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Internews’ Earth Journalism Network
The Internews Earth Journalism Network (EJN) was launched in 2004 to empower and enable journalists, in particular those from developing countries, to cover the environment more effectively. In addition to supporting individual reporters, EJN establishes networks of environmental journalists in countries where they don't exist, and builds their capacity where they do, through training workshops, fellowship programs, the development of briefing materials, support for production and distribution, local institution building and the dispersing of small grants. More information about the Earth Journalism Network, including access to the online resources we have developed, can be found at www.earthjournalism.net