SUMERNET Media Workshop in Yangon, 25-27 Sept: Call for applications

Applications are invited from journalists for the SUMERNET media workshop: “Communicating on climate change and water insecurity: Mekong and Ayeyarwady/Chindwin River Basins” in Yangon, Myanmar, 25-27 September 2017.


25-27 September (2 days of workshop with 1-day field trip) 


Yangon, Myanmar 

Who can apply:

Writers or journalists based in the Mekong Region countries. (Mekong Region nationals, especially women and youth, will be given higher priority.) 

How to apply:

1. Send a short bio (no more than 100 words) of your media or writing background 

2. Your nationality

3. Media affiliation (or if blogger/freelancer, website or reporting outlet).


September 15, 2017.


Submit application to: Rajesh Daniel (, SEI

This three-day workshop focuses on understanding and reporting about climate change and water insecurity issues in the Mekong and Ayeyarwady/Chindwin River Basins. The people in these basins are facing a range of impacts linked to climate change and water insecurity including droughts, floods, soil erosion, degradation of farmlands and fisheries, food scarcity, loss of livelihoods, out-migration of young people, and health problems. 

Aim: The media workshop brings together media persons from the Mekong Region (with special priority to Myanmar media) to explore how media can better understand and communicate about climate change and water insecurity issues. 

With scientific presentations from researchers working on climate and water issues, writing exercises, and group mentoring, the workshop will help media persons to think critically of climate change and water insecurity issues to produce a written story (or at minimum, an outline). 


1. Investigating climate change topics: The media workshop will look at how to investigate and write about climate change topics; explore innovative ways to gather and present information especially complex scientific data, interview and learn about community concerns, and engage the public.

2. Giving a human face to stories: The workshop will have a 1 day field trip to help journalists experience first-hand how local livelihoods are affected in a variety of ways from climate change. 

3. Media expertise and exchange of experiences: The workshop will bring together media persons from the Myanmar and Mekong Region countries along with experienced media resource persons to share their media and story-telling experiences, challenges and needs they face in telling climate change stories.

4. Scientific inputs: Researchers from SEI along with their Myanmar partners will provide scientific expertise and data on the key climate change concepts and topics. 

Outputs expected at the end of the workshop

1. At the end of the 3rd day, the journalists attending the workshop are expected to deliver a short news pitch to the workshop resource persons of about 300 words (in English or Myanmar) that outlines their story.

2. After the workshop, the participants are encouraged to develop and deliver their news story in their respective media outlets.


1. Myanmar language translation will be provided throughout the workshop. 

2. All workshop travel and accommodation costs will be covered for the media participants.

The media workshop is hosted by Sustainable Mekong Research Network (SUMERNET), a programme under the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), Asia Centre, in collaboration with the Myanmar Environment Institute (MEI). This workshop is financially supported by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).