GCAS 2018


One of the main challenges journalists face in covering environmental and climate-related issues is being able to do so in a compelling way. That’s why being on the ground at events that seek solutions to those challenges is so important, because it gives them the opportunity to report on how cities, countries, companies and communities are working to reduce carbon emissions – one of the goals of the 2015 Paris Agreement.

As part of the 2018 Climate Change Media Partnership (CCMP) in collaboration with the Stanley Foundation, EJN selected 20 Fellows to attend the Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS) from September 12-14 in San Francisco. The GCAS was a first-time gathering of non-state actors and sub-national governments working toward the goal reached in the landmark Paris Agreement to keep global temperature rise below two degrees Celsius from pre-industrial levels.

The summit was held just 11 weeks ahead of the 24th Conference of the Parties (COP 24) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), where world leaders will participate in a “stock-taking” of progress since the Paris Agreement was signed.

The Fellows – most of them full-time journalists with a diverse range of climate-change reporting experience – were selected for this year’s talks out of a pool of more than 300 applicants. They traveled to San Francisco from 20 countries along with eight editors, trainers and staff, many of them also veteran journalists.

At the summit, the Fellows received support and guidance from seasoned climate journalists from EJN’s global network of trainers and participated in an orientation day ahead of the three-day event. The program also included daily morning briefings, interviews with high-level officials, and other interactions co-designed by EJN and the Stanley Foundation to inform and facilitate quality reporting on developments at the summit (Read more about some of those trainings and experiences here).

This is the second year Internews' Earth Journalism Network teamed up with the Stanley Foundation on the CCMP fellowship, but it was the first time fellows were be given the opportunity to attend both the GCAS and the COP24 to be held in December in Katowice, Poland.

EJN, along with Panos London and the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), formed the CCMP in 2007 to enable developing country journalists to attend and report from the annual UN climate summits. (Read more about that initiative here)

The 2018 fellowship program is a partnership between Internews’ Earth Journalism Network (with support from Sweden/Sida) and the Stanley Foundation.

Check out links to some of the stories produced by our Fellows at the bottom of this page. 

Program Team