Reporting On The Biodiversity Crisis In India

A Journalism Bootcamp

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What is it about

The world’s biodiversity is under threat. Thousands of species of wildlife across ecosystems have been lost already. COVID-19 has drawn attention to how zoonotic diseases will emerge out of such habitat destruction.

In India, saving some of the world’s most important biodiversity hotspots competes with the demand for land and natural resources necessary for economic progress. The resulting conflicts have implications for the economy, environment, politics, and law.

How can journalists best convey these challenges to citizens, and ask the right questions of those in power?

How can stories effectively draw connections between, say, agricultural biodiversity and farmers’ unrest, and between biodiversity destruction and local economies, corruption, greed, and injustice?

To this end, Land Conflict Watch is hosting a month-long online bootcamp ‘Reporting On The Biodiversity Crisis In India’. 

The bootcamp will bring together experts and journalists to provide understanding and tools to investigative and tell nuanced stories on the challenges faced by India’s biodiversity. 

The goal is to also build a peer community and a space for participants to share and develop ideas into compelling stories. We intend to make this one an interactive course, where we learn from each other, share our experiences and stories as journalists and citizens who care about the environment and its impact on our lives. 

What we will cover

  • Understanding the issues around India’s biodiversity from subject experts
  • How to identify story ideas on biodiversity issues, and key elements of such stories
  • The legal framework that governs India’s vast and varied biodiversity areas and hotspots
  • Uncovering linkages in the political economy that drive changes to cultivated and natural biodiversity
  • Understanding intersections between biodiversity conservation, climate change, land and peoples’ rights
  • Using investigative methods including, but not limited, to Right to Information Act 
  • Editorial perspectives and guidance on developing story ideas and reportage 
  • Last but not the least, sharing information, challenges and struggles among peers

Dates and other Details  

Sessions: The bootcamp will be conducted online, over ten 90-minute sessions. Please make sure you have the necessary hardware to attend Zoom calls.

Dates: From May 11, 2021 to June 10, 2021

Schedule: Two sessions per week, on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3 PM. Each session will last 90 minutes. 

Attendance to ALL sessions is mandatory. If the bootcamp doesn’t suit your schedule this time, we encourage you to apply for the next round!  

Who can apply

We encourage early and mid-career journalists  interested in reporting on biodiversity conservation in India and its larger political economy to apply. Kindly make sure you can attend all sessions and file a story on an idea of your choice after the completion of the sessions.

Fee

There is no fee for the bootcamp. 

Your deliverables

With the help of peers, all the selected participants will be expected to produce at least one story after the completion of the bootcamp. Land Conflict Watch will support the editing and placing of stories. We understand that ideas change, therefore, if the applicants wish to, they will have the flexibility to change their story ideas before the final session where we discuss these stories.  

This bootcamp is supported by Earth Journalism Network.

Application Deadline: April 25th, 2021

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