Wan-Ifra and Temasek Foundation launch a new program

The theme is to strengthen climate change journalism

Wan-Ifra and Temasek Foundation together strengthening climate change journalism
Wan-Ifra and Temasek Foundation together strengthening climate change journalism

On World News Day, Wan-Ifra and Temasek Foundation have launched a new program to strengthen climate change journalism. Targeting journalists and editors from Asia, the training program will build the capability of newsrooms to increase solutions-oriented reporting.

Climate change is an urgent and significant issue for all of society. For journalists, it brings particular challenges. Beyond the need to provide the public with information and analysis that is scientifically sound and accurate, journalists need to ensure their coverage is engaging, independent of vested interests, and conveys the human story. They must also avoid being cast as doomsday prophets and balance climate change’s real risks and threats with stories of hope and solutions.

The Temasek Foundation – Wan-Ifra journalism program seeks to equip newsrooms with capability on science reporting, specifically fresh knowledge, tools, and techniques, to improve their coverage of issues impacting our warming planet. Supported by Temasek Foundation, the program focuses on solutions-oriented journalism and making climate challenges and solutions relevant to everyday audiences.

Targeting journalists and editors from Asia, the virtual program consists of a six-module workshop training to address the central challenges surrounding reporting on the climate crisis and other environmental and sustainability-related issues. 

They will participate in workshops to understand the science of climate change, storytelling techniques, engaging the audience, and navigating misinformation and spin. This will help participants develop a personal toolkit of skills and knowledge and contribute back to their respective newsroom’s efforts to uphold the public trust and their communities on the debate on our future well-being and sustainability.

Held in September and October 2021, the first run of the program training has attracted the participation of close to 50 journalists from 11 countries from across South Asia and the Asia Pacific region.

Under the program, a newsroom handbook to help journalists enrich their coverage of climate change will be published in November and shared with newsrooms worldwide. In addition, a Global eSummit with a focus on journalism and the climate change story will be held in February 2022 to share best practices among newsrooms.

Wan-Ifra focuses on the challenges in global climate change

Warren Fernandez, editor-in-chief of Singapore Press Holdings and current President of the World Editors Forum within Wan-Ifra, said: “The Covid-19 pandemic will eventually pass, but we will then face an even bigger challenge in global climate change. To help audiences make sense of the changes around them, from ever more extreme weather patterns to new green technologies and sustainable business approaches, journalists will need a good grasp of the climate crisis and the skills to tell this story in a compelling way. That is what this program will help them do.”

Benedict Cheong, chief executive, Temasek Foundation International, said: “It is vital for communities to have access to information and the science underpinning this so that they can work collaboratively to address the issue of climate change. We hope that through this program, newsrooms can translate multifaceted and complex global sustainability issues into readily understandable insights and information for the communities they serve. We look forward to more impactful stories from our journalists that will support the community response in climate action.”


2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. While the print and packaging industries have been resilient in the past 33 months since the pandemic lockdown of 25 March 2020, the commercial printing and newspaper industries have yet to recover their pre-Covid trajectory.

The fragmented commercial printing industry faces substantial challenges as does the newspaper industry. While digital short-run printing and the signage industry seem to be recovering a bit faster, ultimately their growth will also be moderated by the progress of the overall economy. On the other hand book printing exports are doing well but they too face several supply-chain and logistics challenges.

The price of publication papers including newsprint has been high in the past year while availability is diminished by several mills shutting down their publication paper and newsprint machines in the past four years. Indian paper mills are also exporting many types of paper and have raised prices for Indian printers. To some extent, this has helped in the recovery of the digital printing industry with its on-demand short-run and low-wastage paradigm.

Ultimately digital print and other digital channels will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future. For instance, there is no alternative to a rise in textbook consumption but this segment will only reach normality in the next financial year beginning on 1 April 2023.

Thus while the new normal is a moving target and many commercial printers look to diversification, we believe that our target audiences may shift and change. Like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

Our 2023 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock and reconnect with your potential markets and customers. Print is the glue for the growth of liberal education, new industry, and an emerging economy. We seek your participation in what promises to be an interesting ride.

– Naresh Khanna

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