Last year, the Associated Press announced an initiative to enhance the global understanding of climate change, its impacts, and solutions through quality climate journalism that is inclusive of local perspectives and contexts, and in places where climate is under-reported. The initiative created a standalone AP climate desk and placed more journalists in countries, primarily in the Global South.
There’s another important component of the expansion worth highlighting: efforts to provide in-depth climate journalism training to AP news partners seeking to bolster their climate coverage at the local level.
The first training under this initiative took place last month in the climate-vulnerable coastal city of Kochi, India, where journalists from the Press Trust of India (PTI), India’s largest news agency, joined journalists from the AP Global Climate Desk for a training and mentoring program. Developed and implemented in collaboration with the Stanley Center for Peace and Security, an operating foundation and MIF member with experience organizing programs for climate journalists, the India Climate Journalism Program was co-designed with the AP as a ‘proof of concept’ for future trainings across the Global South. Now armed with a training model, evidence of impact, and a series of published stories that resulted from the program, the AP hopes to find support for many more trainings in locations worldwide.
For funders, the program illustrates the strong outcomes that can come from a bold philanthropically supported initiative to bolster climate coverage globally, coupled with support and program implementation expertise from smaller foundations or project-oriented funders with shared goals.
To learn more, the Stanley Center recently published this article about the partnership with the AP and PTI on the India Climate Journalism Program.