Participating in Climate Tracker’s research project on media coverage of plastics in Southeast Asia in the past two months has provided me with a toolbox of hard and soft skills for my professional journalism. Research has proven to be a fantastic supplement to my skills training, allowing me to strengthen my understanding of the media representations of plastic issues in Vietnam as well as other countries in Southeast Asia. Besides, working with Climate Tracker fellows has been a pleasant experience for me, as I found myself in a strong community of transparency, accountability, and integrity.
This was the first time I’ve attended a comprehensive journalistic training that focuses specifically on plastics. Taking additional time to gain a detailed understanding of the limitations of the present media coverage over single-use plastic also helped me reassess my own writing so that I can deliver the information and message more effectively in the future. Despite the fact that plastic pollution has been a threat, there is still a big gap between people’s knowledge, media orientation, and reality. For me, this experience has instilled an investigative mindset and an appreciation for the results of media research.
Undeniably, the media plays an important role in shaping perceptions and propagating popular solutions to reduce single-use plastics. As an environmental reporter, I also hope to contribute a small effort to the world’s fight against plastic pollution.
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