Given the many obstacles preventing journalists from the Global South from attending and reporting on this year’s crucial UN Climate Conference – COP26, we are excited to have the opportunity to put together a wonderful team of young journalists who will report virtually.
This year, we’ve got a two-pronged system, with journalists on-the-ground and online. Our special team will participate in training in climate communications to get prepared to produce COP26 stories reflecting the climate goals of their country/region. They’ll be aiming to amplify climate issues by producing collaborative and thematic stories to be published in national and international media.
Our call for applicants received tremendous feedback, with over 900 applications from around the world. Now, from Brazil to Malaysia, we are excited to introduce you to our COP26 online team, taking up the challenge to produce unique stories on an event taking place miles away from their location.
Amanda is Brazilian journalist and photographer currently reading for an MSc in Journalism, Media, and Globalisation. Every story she produces reflects her perspective as a woman, as Latin American, as an immigrant. Amanda’s work has been published by Al-Jazeera and EU Observer and National Geographic. When she’s not eating guinea pig’s heads in the Andes, you can probably find Amanda climbing, knitting scarves, or baking carrot cakes.
Vishani is a 21-year-old journalist from Guyana with a special interest in science journalism (focusing on health and climate change). In 2019, the Guyana Press Association (GPA) selected her as Guyana’s Young Journalist of the Year. She’s received health journalism awards from PAHO and recognition for her work on human rights issues, investigative reporting, and science and technology coverage.
Multimedia reporter working for Editora Globo in Brazil. Guilherme’s favorite areas to cover are Education, Health, Science and Sustainability. He’s an Earth Journalism Network (EJN) and International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) fellow and he’s won over a dozen national journalism awards, a number of them related to climate stories written over the years. Stories he publish are supported by his cats, Mia and Elias.
John is the Deputy Executive Director of Living Laudato Si’ Philippines and a member of the interim Secretariat of Aksyon Klima Pilipinas. He’s been representing the Philippines and civil society in regional and global UN climate and environmental conferences since 2017. As a citizen journalist, he’s written on climate and environmental issues for global and national media platforms since 2016. John earned his MS Atmospheric Science degree from the Ateneo de Manila University in 2018.
Do Thuy Trang graduated Cum Laude from Drexel University, United States with a Bachelor degree in Psychology in 2016. After coming back to her home country – Vietnam, she continued to study and earned bachelor degree in Lesgislative Law at Hanoi Law University in 2021. Since 2017, she has worked as a reporter for Vietnam Law Newspaper – a press agency under the Ministry of Justice. She is a prolific and diligent writer, covering various issues such as environment, culture, transportation, tourism.
Ronald Musoke is a multiple award-winning Ugandan journalist with special interest in reporting on the environment, agriculture, business and human rights. He has been working at The Independent, Uganda’s premier political and business magazine, since 2012. Before this, he worked with The Sunrise, a Kampala-based weekly English newspaper (freelance); Green Chronicles, a local environmental magazine (Contributing Editor) and EnviroConserve AFRICA, a regional environmental magazine (Staff Writer).
Vaishnavi is an India-based environmental journalist and she works as the Environment Lead with The Bastion. Stories of environmental justice and democracy, governance of commons, forest and land rights, and urban ecology specifically pique her interest. When she’s not covering stories or typing away on her computer, she’s either running, trekking, or attempting a 1000-piece puzzle.
Rahma is a freelance Egyptian journalist and media trainer. She’s the founder of the Climate school initiative and the winner of Covering Climate Now’s Emerging Journalist Award 2021. She’s collaborated with Arab and foreign media, such as, Asharq news, Scientific American (Arabic version), climate tracker, VICE, and ARIJ websites and networks.
Daouda KINDA is a young Burkinabè journalist born in Ouahigouya in northern Burkina Faso. He’s published on several topics related to politics, economy and society, but has been focusing on environmental and agricultural news for the past 3 years. Currently, he works for Le Quotidien, a Burkinabè general information medium, where he leads the environment desk.
Jairus Awo is a Nigerian journalist covering mainly conflicts and crisis news. He believes climate journalism is important because it empowers the public to demand accountability from policy makers. At COP26, he wants to see practical resolutions to climate and environmental issues. His favorite places – the kitchen and the dining table.
Hadeer El-hadary is a freelance Egyptian journalist. She’s written for Egyptian and Arab websites such as Scientific American, Vice Arabia, and Shorouk News. Her work focuses on the topics of environment, climate change, science, health and women’s rights. She’s won an award from the Egyptian Journalists Syndicate for an environmental story about converting date palm seeds into fuel and other products, and another award from Plan International organization and the Ministry of Social Solidarity for a story about discrimination against women in job interviews.
Joshua Akindele Borokinni, Nigeria
Borokinni Joshua is a Nigerian climate journalist, development campaigner, and clinical psychologist who believes in sustainable development that is founded on inclusivity, equality and justice for all, including the planet. He is currently pursuing a Masters in Clinical Psychology at the University of Plymouth, UK and doubles as the head of research with LearnBlue, a Gen Z-led and focused non-profit, where he coordinates evidence-based policy and programs design. Over the past four years, Joshua has consistently leveraged media to drive action-oriented campaigns, this includes but not limited to – #SafeClimate4Africa, #ForACleanerLagos, and #NaijaGoesVegan.
Eman is an independent investigative journalist from Egypt. Keenly interested in scientific, environmental, and feminist stories, she’s received an award in New Media from the University of Bournemouth in the UK, and other award in scientific journalism from the German Goethe Institute. She’s currently nominated for the True Story Prize in Switzerland, and previously nominated for Thomson Foundation’s Young Journalist Award. Eman studied Data Journalism with a 6-month diploma by ICFJ and ARIJ Network for Investigative Journalism. Currently, she is a fellow to ONE WORLD MEDIA foundation in United Kingdom.
Ethan Van Diemen, South Africa
Ethan is a humane being on the apocalypse beat for the Daily Maverick. He’s also a Rhodes and University of the Witwatersrand alumnu and an Open Society Foundation for South Africa Investigative Journalism Fellow 2020.
Ethan believes South Africa is already experiencing the impacts of climate change and faces multiple challenges in relation to climate change over the next decade. At COP26, he’s looking forward to seeing whether developed nations deliver on their obligations and commitments to finance the de-carbonisation agendas of developing nations.
Nicha Wachpanich, Thailand
Bangkok-based journalist covering environmental stories from policymaking table to the the river bank communities. Nicha believes everybody deserves to know what’s going on with their life and how the changing climate is affecting us all. She sees that it’s time people know about the global negotiations and how they will impact on the local scale.
Karen Sofia Rodriguez, Venezuela
Karen sees herself as a fair-minded woman who enjoys the simple things in life, I like science fiction, poetry, seeing new places, reading about the use of technology in the environment and analyzing how it shapes our reality. She believes in the power of journalism to promote critical thinking, which adds value to society. She is proud to have be published in agencies with clear, noble criteria, with a fact-checking sense.
Caroline longs to experience dry seasons which don’t drain the energy out of her (because of extreme heat). She sees climate journalism as an intersectional way of storytelling that bridges scientific/policy dialogue with personal lived experiences. She prays for the time when cow dung will smell like cow dung again, and not like human feaces, because they, too, have to be forced to eat posho (maize flour bread) to supplement the inadequate pasture.
Nathaniel currently holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism (BA) and Master of Arts in Development Communication(MA) from the Ghana Institute of Journalism. He considers himself witty and funny and likes using these characteristics in his storytelling to make technical issues easier to understand. He’s been a journalist for more than six years with the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation, GBC.
Kym is a freelance journalist covering ecological politics and climate change in Malaysia. She also interns at the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. In her free time, she enjoys reading sci-fi, listening to podcasts, and daydreaming.
Angolan, journalist and journalism student at City University of London. Israel started his career as a journalist in 2016 at Rádio Nacional de Angola, where he produced reports on society, health and human rights. In 2020, he started investigating corruption and human rights stories in Angola and he’s currently a correspondent for the Portuguese service of Voice of America (VOA).
Julieta is a freelance journalist and photographer. She studies anthropology at the National University of San Martín. She usually works with issues related to gender, migration and the environment. She collaborates with media such as New Society, The Cry of the South, LatFem, and The Rocket to the Moon (among others). Since 2020 she has been part of the 5th generation of young journalists of the RedLatam de Distintas Latitudes. Her greatest talent is the ability to relate everything to a Simpsons episode.
Now that you’ve met our COP26 online fellows, we’re officially ready to bring the climate negotiations to you.
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