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 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.
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.
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.
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