Apply now: Climate Journalism Conference in Tbilisi

Published on May 17, 2024

Many governments in Eastern Europe and Caucasus are doing little to prepare their countries for the climate change challenges. And the media is often finding it difficult to convey the consequences of climate change in real human stories. Find out in a series of short workshops during the conference! Join us on an excursion to several Georgian newsrooms - or learn what the city government of Tbilisi is doing to increase climate resilience! Discuss the political situation Georgia and reflect on the intricacies in the mutual perception of Ukrainian and Belarusian journalists!

From August 27-29, Tbilisi will host a pivotal conference focusing on the role of journalism in addressing climate change, particularly in Eastern Europe and Caucasus.

Climate change is an undeniable reality affecting Eastern Europe, where glaciers are receding, farmers are facing increased hardships, and the elderly and marginalized populations suffer during extreme summer heat. Despite these pressing issues, many governments in the region have yet to take significant action to prepare for the future. Additionally, media outlets often struggle to effectively communicate the human impact of climate change.

The conference will feature a series of short workshops aimed at helping journalists craft compelling climate stories. Key topics include:

  • Crafting engaging climate narratives
  • Linking climate change to health issues and combating disinformation
  • Sourcing reliable data specific to various countries
  • Exploring innovative formats to reach wider audiences

Participants will also have the opportunity to join excursions to Georgian newsrooms and learn about Tbilisi's initiatives to enhance climate resilience.

Furthermore, the conference will delve into the political landscape of Georgia and foster discussions on the complex perceptions among Ukrainian and Belarusian journalists.

This event promises to be an invaluable forum for journalists seeking to enhance their coverage of climate issues and engage their audiences more effectively.