A group of 10 journalists went through a 3 day residential training in Kampala on reporting on climate change and environmental crime with support from the Centre for Investigative journalism.
The Fellows in this year’s fellowship were;
- Chowoo Willy
- Racheal pAKRWOTH from News 24/7
- Gerald Tenywa from New vISION
- Okello Jesus Ojara
- Jamila Mulindwa Nuwaha
- Kei Emmanuel Duku
- Patrick Jaramogi a freelance investigative journalist
- Gloria Atuhairwe
- Joel Kaguta
- Stuart Tibaweswa
These 10 reporters were selected on the basis of their story pitches out of a pool of over 70 that applied for this fellowship.
The fellows were first taken through an introductory lecture on climate change and environmental crime by Dr. Daniel Dumba, a seasoned climate change, and environmental Science Specialist.
This was a crucial first stage of the training process so the fellows could understand the intricate nature of climate change statistics and data.
Because a lot of the reporting on climate change involves data, the fellows were taken through a practical lesson on the latest data gathering and analysis tools available on the internet. This session was led by Deputy Executive director of the African Institute for Investigative journalism Raymond Mujuni.
Senior Investigative journalists then put on their trainer’s hats and joined us to take the fellows through various topics, among them; the art of storytelling, Investigative filmmaking, Story writing, Editing, Fact-checking, and Solution based journalism among others.
On top of speaking to senior investigative journalists, the fellows got a chance to interact with celebrated environmentalists William Amanzuru and Rebecca Sandoval who shared their experiences in the field of conservation.
Just as learning never stops, the learning went on into the night but this time in a more relaxed atmosphere, under the stars around a fire.
A fireplace dinner that gave the fellows an opportunity to interact with one another and also hear from senior journalists while enjoying a meal together.