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Women in Nepal are especially vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, with issues such as rising water scarcity and more frequent and intense natural disasters disproportionality affecting them. Women are also increasingly seen as crucial leaders in the fight against climate change. This means that reporting on women in Nepal in the context of climate change is becoming ever more vital.  

Through the Road to COP26 campaign, the British Council is offering women reporters in Nepal the chance to take part in a specialised five-week media workshop on the links between gender and climate change, followed by mentoring and grant support to publish original reportage. The workshops and mentoring will be virtual. 

Road to COP26 is sponsored by UKAID.  

* Information in Nepali can be downloaded at the bottom of this page. Application form is bi-lingual.  

The workshop  

The workshop will take place over five weeks on Tuesday and Thursday mornings,  beginning Tuesday 15 June 2021. It will be led by British freelance climate journalist Jocelyn Timperley, who reports on climate change for a variety of publications including Wired UK and BBC Future. Participants will develop their skills on climate change reporting, with a specific focus on gender in Nepal, through a series of classes, guest lectures and interactive exercises. Classes will look at how climate change impacts women and the ways that women are showing resilience and strength in the face of climate change. It will feature sessions on the practice of climate journalism, such as science reporting, narrative structures, creative storytelling and pitching, as well as a range of guest speakers from the UK and Nepal. By the end of the course you will have developed an understanding of the science of climate change and gender, the specific impacts of climate change on women in Nepal and the different creative and narrative structures you can use to report on your own climate stories.  

The Grant 

Throughout the workshop, participants will develop their own story relating to climate and gender, focussed on their local community and areas. On completion of the workshop they will receive a reporting grant to support the development and publication of this story. You will need to have completed the workshop, written a developed proposal of your non-fiction, reported story, and submitted a budget proposal to receive the attached grant.  

Grant awards will range between NPR 75,000 to 150,000 and will depend on the scale of reporting required for the story. Please see the FAQ document for details on what the grant can be used for.  

We will accept stories which will be published in the following formats: print, radio, television, online. Grant outputs should be published by 30 September. You can submit pitch(es) and tentative budget(s) for your idea(s) through the application form.   

About the facilitator 

Jocelyn Timperley is a freelance climate and science journalist from Scotland, now based in Costa Rica. She writes a weekly climate solutions newsletter for Wired UK and covers climate change for a wide variety of publications including BBC Future, BBC Science Focus,  China Dialogue, Climate Home News, Energy Monitor and DeSmog UK. 

Jocelyn previously covered climate policy for Carbon Brief and the green economy for BusinessGreen. She has an MA in science journalism from City University London and studied environmental chemistry at the University of Edinburgh. 

Eligibility  

To apply for this opportunity, you must: 

  • Be a Nepali citizen 
  • Be female-identifying, women-idenfiying, queer, trans, intersex and/or non-binary 
  • Have an interest in exploring and reporting on climate change and gender, even if you’ve never reported on this before. 
  • Be aged 18 and above on 7 June 2021

How to apply  

You can apply through the 'Apply here' button on this page, which asks you to submit an initial proposal for a story you would like to work on through the workshop and grant process. The story idea does not have to be final. We highly recommend you read through our FAQ document before applying. 

The deadline for applications is 11:59 pm NST on Friday 7 June 2021. We expect to be in touch with applicants regarding the outcome by Friday 11 June 2021. 

Participants will be selected through an open call application process and shortlisted by a panel that will review your background, story idea(s) and your interest in the programme.  

Queries can be directed to arts@britishcouncil.org.np 

FAQ

 What is the Road to COP26 campaign?

Road to COP26 is a campaign implemented by the British Council and funded by UKAID. It covers multiple activities hosted in the lead up to UN COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland.

There are three main working areas for the campaign: gender, innovation, and young people. The Women Reporters on Climate Change is part of the gender strand of the campaign.

Road to COP26 activities are delivered with national and UK partnerships and informed by British Council’s regional and global working areas/programmes.

Who is this opportunity for?

This workshop is designed for Nepali reporters who are interested in exploring the intersections of climate change and gender. We are looking for people from across Nepal’s diverse geography and climate zone who are currently reporting on their local contexts through digital, television, print or radio using journalistic, multimedia, and creative outputs.

All workshop sessions are being delivered virtually. Access to an internet capable device and internet connection will be a prerequisite for

This workshop is designed to support those who identify as women, female, LGBTIQ+. We encourage those with disabilities and from minority communities to apply.

What is the instruction language for the workshop?

The facilitator will be delivering the training and feedback sessions in English. Nepali interpretation will be provided based on the selected participant pool’s needs. Nepali Sign Language will also be provided on a need’s basis.

Do I have to pay for this opportunity?

No, this is a free workshop for selected participants. Placement is competitive and only 12 spaces are available.

Do I need to have previously reported on gender and/or climate change to be eligible for the workshop?

No, but you must be committed to exploring these in your future reporting.

Do I need to be of a certain age for this workshop?

You will need to be 19 or over to be eligible for this workshop

How will my application be assessed?

Participants will be shortlisted by a multi-member panel. Assessment will be based solely on the inputs provided through the Application Form. The following criteria will be used to judge each candidate:

- Relevancy of the candidate: background, experience

- Purpose: interest areas, work samples

- Pitch: focus topic, feasibility (budget), depth and originality

How do I apply for the workshop?

Complete the online application form here. The application is expected to take around 30 minutes. You can read through the application questions here to prepare.

The deadline for applications is 11:59 pm 7 June 2021. We expect to be in touch with applicants regarding the outcome by 11 June 2021.

How do I apply for the journalism grant?

The workshop application and journalism grant application are the same. Applicants who are admitted to the workshop are automatically eligible for the grant. Participants will be required to submit a developed story pitch with an updated budget at the end of the workshop to receive the grant. A grant contract will be produced by the British Council for each participant to award the budget.

How detailed should my story pitch be?

Your pitch is expected to develop into more final ideas during the workshop. We only need a draft covering basic details: who, what, where. The pitch does need to have the right gender and climate change (environment, natural disaster, sustainability, livelihood etc.) angle. You will need to also submit a tentative budget, please see below for details on what the grant can cover. You will have chance to resubmit a revised pitch and budget at the end of the workshop.

Do I need to have a publisher attached?

You do not need a confirmed publisher at the start of the workshop. But mentioning potential outlets for your grant outputs would help our assessment panel better review your idea.

What is the grant amount?

Grants are between NPR 75,000 to NPR150,000. We will be supporting you to draft the final budget based on the resubmitted pitch. Participants will be informed of their final grant allocation by Friday 21 July.

What can the grant money be used for?

The grant can cover all costs implicated in the delivery of your published output. Including but not limited to: *travel and subsistence, time of people involved in delivery, production costs, logistics etc.

* We expect participants to report on things within their communities (defined loosely to cover geographic, climate, ethnic characteristics). Grantees are expected to oblige all local, state, or federal guidelines on COVID-19 to plan any face-to-face activities.

What types of outputs can the workshop and grant support?

Outputs in any of the following media: print, online, radio or television is eligible.

Are creative outputs eligible?

Photojournalism, documentaries, and new media outputs are also eligible.

Can I collaborate with others (journalists/media houses/publications etc.) for my application or during reporting for my grant output?

Yes. If you are thinking about collaborating, please include the names of the individuals and institutions that are concerned.

Who owns the grant output?

You (or your publisher) retain full authorship and copyrights to the outputs. However, we will require a by-line credit to include in the published output.

What if my output is affected COVID-19 pandemic?

Covid-19 is very much a reality for working professionals. The workshop and mentoring/feedback sessions will not require any face-to-face activity nor travel. However, grant outputs are affected. We expect participants with the British Council to make the most informed decision in time by monitoring state directives around Covid-19. The application form requires you to reflect on the types of potential events that may impact your delivery. Please consider COVID-19 and other risks in your answer. This will help us understand the likelihood and level of impact from such issues on your output(s).

When will I hear if I am successful?

We endeavour to inform all successful and unsuccessful applicants by 11 June 2021. Final grant amounts will be confirmed by 21 July 2021.

For further enquiries email: arts@britishcouncil.org.np

Key Dates and Times

Date  Details
Tuesday, May 25, 2021 Call for participants open
Monday, June 7, 2021 Deadline to submit application 
Friday, June 11, 2021  Outcome notified to selected participants 
Tuesday, June 15, 2021  Workshops begin, 8 - 10 AM on Tuesdays/Thursdays. Shorter sessions will be organised on some Wednesdays 6-7 PM; all time in Nepal Standard Time. 
Thursday, July 15, 2021  Workshops end 
Wednesday, July 21, 2021  Grants finalised, mentoring begins 
Wednesday, September 15, 2021  Mentoring concluded 
Thursday, September 30, 2021  Final grant outputs published 

 

Course outline

Week 

Topics 

Overview of climate science, basics of gender and climate 

Workshop: Reporting on science papers 

Climate impacts in Nepal, impacts of climate change in Nepal on women, climate attribution 

Workshop: Solutions jouranlism 

Empowering women as a climate solution, agriculture and women in Nepal,  gender representation in reporting, Nepal and climate change in international media 

Workshop: Narrative forms and creative formats  

Women and climate adaptation, how to find climate stories, climate migration 

Workshop: Perfect your pitch 

The Paris Agreement and COP26, Nepal’s role in UN climate negotiations, climate change and gender in UK media 

Workshop: Finalising grant proposals 

 

Each week will also feature additional guest speakers from Nepal and the UK.