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Take part in our competition and join Climate Tracker in Vienna for a journalism and communications workshop!

Climate Tracker in cooperation with the OeAD Housing Office and the BOKU University will be training young people on journalism and communication in a workshop in Vienna the 17th and 18th of April. The best two participants coming out of the workshop will get a scholarship for the prestigious Alternative Economic and Monetary Systems Summer University or the Green Building Solutions Summer University, both to be held in Vienna this summer.

In a world where people doubt if climate change is real and fake news is the new normal, scientists and experts are more and more taking a step further and wanting to learn how to communicate their work.

Doing research, coming up with new innovative ideas, or being an expert in your area is as important as being able to communicate it effectively to a general audience. For example, the IPCC, the biggest scientific body on climate change, has ramped up its efforts in the last years to communicate climate science more clearly and has given tips to scientists who do so.

If you feel that this is something you would like to learn – then you are in the right place!

To participate in the Climate Tracker workshop that will be held in Vienna the 17th and 18th of April, you have to write and publish an article before the 15h March about alternative economic systems or green building solutions.

Up to 20 people will be selected to participate in the workshop and develop their skills as communicators. The 2 best participants will receive a scholarship to the two summer schools in Vienna.

 

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Do you want to join? Here is what you have to do:

To participate in our competition and win a place in the Climate Tracker workshop, you have to write an article before the 15th March about one of these 2 topics::

  • Alternative Economic Systems: for example, you could write about a working example of an alternative currency, a degrowth practise, cooperatives, or how to incorporate nature in economics.
  • Green Building Solutions: for example, on good initiatives of urban planning or passive housing, benefits of green roofs and walls, or renewable energy in buildings.

Then you have to publish the article  before the 15th March in media in your country or region. It can be a newspaper, a magazine, an online news site, a blog etc. Once your article is published, you have to submit the link to us through our app.

Climate Tracker will revise the articles submitted through the app, give you feedback and tips, and select the best writers.

What is included in the prize?

If you are amongst the selected for the Climate Tracker workshop, you will be invited to participate in the 2-day training. You will have to pay a fee of 50 EUR which includes light refreshments. Transportation to Vienna or accommodation in Vienna are not provided, although we will help facilitate it.

If you are one of the 2 winners of the final scholarships, here what the AEMS scholarship covers and here what the GBS scholarship covers.

FAQs

  1. What is this competition about?

Climate Tracker is selecting a team of young people to participate in our 2-day workshop on journalism and communication, to learn how to be a good communicator.

  1. What do I have to write about?

To participate in our competition and win a place in the Climate Tracker workshop, you have to write an article about one of these 2 topics:

  • Alternative Economic Systems: for example, you could write about a working example of an alternative currency, a degrowth practise, cooperatives, or how to incorporate nature in economics.
  • Green Building Solutions: for example, on good examples of urban planning or passive housing, benefits of green roofs and walls, or renewable energy in buildings.
  1. Where do I publish my article?

You have to find a news site, blog, newspaper, magazine, etc. Willing to publish your article. It can be at a national, regional, local or international level. Aim for the one with best outreach across the region.

If you never published before, we are here to help you! Check the “how do I pitch to editors” question below.

  1. In which language can I publish my article?

You can publish in any language you prefer. You can choose depending on which audience you want to reach and why.

  1. Which countries are eligible?

Everyone who is based in Europe is welcome to participate.

  1. Is there an age limit?

We accept applicants that are between 18 and 30 years old, but you are encouraged to apply anyway if you do not fulfill this requirement (age is just a number anyway).

  1. How will the final Trackers be selected?

The best writers will be chosen among the applicants by analysing their outreach and writing skills. You can check our rating system for articles here.

  1. What is included in the prize?

If you are amongst the selected for the Climate Tracker workshop, you will be invited to participate in the 2-day training. You will have to pay a fee of 50 EUR which includes light refreshments. Transportation to Vienna or accommodation in Vienna are not provided, although we will help facilitate it.

If you are one of the 2 winners of the final scholarships, here what the AEMS scholarship covers and here what the GBS scholarship covers.

  1. How do I pitch to editors?

Pitching your story to an editor can be a very difficult part of your work. We know that. We have several tools and ideas to help you. First of all, check this funny piece on how to find editors. Afterwards, you can read this summary on how to do a good pitch, and learn from the practical example it gives. Finally, some last tricks to boost your success.

  1. It is my first time publishing, can you help me?

For sure! We have created toolkits and handbooks to make your work easier. Check here for a handbook on writing about climate change and on how to write an effective op-ed. And also amazing tips on what works and doesn’t when communicating climate change.

Here a list of other shorter toolkits that you may find useful:

7 ways to write a good introduction

8 ways to improve your writing

3 minutes guide to writing a news article

6 things you need to know when using a quotation

7 tips on doing research for your article

11 punctuation marks you need to use correctly

How to conduct an interview

Writing an effective features article

Communicating climate jargons

Climate Tracker

About Climate Tracker

A network of over 9,000 passionate young journalists, communicators and activists, getting climate change in the headlines around the world. Find out more about us at climatetracker.org/about/