Devastating heatwaves,extreme weather events, and crippling droughts leave no corner of the globe untouched. However, it is the Global South that bears the brunt of these catastrophic impacts. In a groundbreaking collaboration, CNN Academy and The Rockefeller Foundation are uniting to act.
Together, we are searching for 15 driven young journalists across the Global South who are dedicated to shedding light on the profound effects of the climate crisis within their home countries.
At the conclusion of the program, participants will produce a compelling short documentary spotlighting the impact of the climate crisis. The documentaries will be entirely shot and edited by the participants.
The selected climate storytellers will attend a comprehensive media training program delivered by CNN Academy that covers various aspects of climate change reporting, including:
Understanding climate science and its impact on local communities.
Techniques for investigative journalism and data-driven reporting in the context of climate change.
Strategies for communicating complex scientific information to diverse audiences.
Ethical considerations in climate reporting, including community engagement and representation.
Multimedia storytelling approaches, including visual storytelling, video production, and social media engagement.
Best practices for fact-checking, verifying sources and countering misinformation.
Support and mentorship to produce a news story about climate change in a local context, which will be publicized by
CNN and The Rockefeller Foundation.
To be eligible for this media training opportunity, applicants must meet the following criteria:
Reside and work in a country located in the Global South which includes any developing country in Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa and Asia.
Identify as a content creator, journalist, or storyteller in the early stages of their career.
Have a demonstrable interest in and passion for climate change storytelling, with a portfolio of relevant work, if applicable.
Possess strong communication skills and fluency in spoken and written English.
Demonstrate a commitment to actively participating in the entire training program and applying the acquired skills to their reporting projects.
Be able and willing to travel to Abu Dhabi for the CNN Academy Climate Storytelling Simulation from December 3rd to December 10th*
*CNN Academy will cover costs associated with this trip.
A brief overview of their
background, experience, and
motivation for participating in
the training program.
A statement on how the
training would benefit their
professional growth and
contribute to improved climate
reporting in their region.
including email address and
If applicable, a portfolio of
previous reporting work,
including links to published
articles, videos, or other
Confirmation of availability
to attend the full training
program on the specified
Proposals will be evaluated based on the applicant’s experience, demonstrable commitment to climate reporting, and the potential impact of participation in the program on their work. A panel of climate communication experts will review the submissions and select 15 candidates who best align with the objectives of the initiative.
Selected participants will receive full sponsorship to attend the media training program, which includes travel expenses (if applicable), accommodation, training materials, and meals during the program. Upon completion of the training, participants will also receive a CNN Academy Certificate of Completion.
The final documentaries produced by the participants will be showcased on CNN or a CNN Academy platform.
The purpose of this initiative is to empower journalists, content creators, and communicators with the skills and knowledge needed to effectively report on climate-related issues affecting their regions.
This project is part of The Rockefeller Foundation and CNN Academy’s commitment to amplifying diverse voices and promoting accurate and impactful climate reporting.
The Rockefeller Foundation provided $200k in funding for this program. The money, which can only be used by CNN Academy for this program, will fund expenses related to the development and delivery of the program, associated staffing costs and funding travel and accommodation costs for the 15 selected participants.
November 27th to Friday, December 2nd:
In-person CNN Academy training in Abu Dhabi
Week of December 3rd to December 9th:
CNN Academy Climate Storytelling Simulation in Abu Dhabi