The virtual program will begin in August and conclude with REVOLVE Media’s AMWAJ conference in October.
Rabat – German think tank and consulting agency Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung’s (KAS) Regional Program for Energy Security and Climate Change Middle East and North Africa (REMENA) is planning to launch a virtual training program for media professionals to engage in in-depth reporting on urgent water and sanitation matters in the MENA region.
KAS-REMENA promotes dialogue, partnership, and cooperation among MENA countries and with the European Union about natural resource and climate issues, including water.
The program is a KAS-RAMENA collaboration with Swiss non-profit association cewas, which aims to “build and strengthen the capacities needed to develop and implement sustainable solutions for the water and sanitation sector.”
In partnership with cewas’ branch for the MENA region, KAS-REMENA will launch the program titled “Water Journalism Academy – A virtual water and sanitation learning and exposure programme for media innovators in the Middle East and North Africa” in August.
The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) are supporting the program, said the two parties in a joint press release.
This project comes with the aim of “intensifying and improving the quality and scope of media coverage of acute-water challenges” in the MENA. The program will include a four-module weekly virtual training for selected “outstanding” environmental journalists and other media professionals.
The program is set to start on August 10, with a regional competition and follow-up coaching on September 14.
Organizers will award the first “Blue Peace Open Eye Award” for the “production of innovative media pieces that make a meaningful contribution to improve water management across the region.”
The award ceremony will gather media professionals and key stakeholders in the field of water and environment during REVOLVE Media’s AMWAJ conference, currently scheduled for October 8. “AMWAJ” both means “wave” in Arabic and stands for “A Mediterranean Water and Journalism” platform as an acronym.
“Trainings in the framework of the Water Journalism Academy will be conducted online, in a format specifically designed to bring real-life [workshops] and interactive experiences into the virtual sphere,” the release noted.