Environmental reporting institute on cards

Zimbabwe Environmental Journalists’ Association (ZEJA) says it plans to set-up an institute to train media practitioners in reporting on African environmental issues at the Bindura University of Technology in Mashonaland Central.

“The whole world is moving and issues of environment should be at the forefront of not only business decisions but government policy as well. We want to shape policy and advocate for a green economy,” said ZEJA national chair Farai Mutebvu.

“For this to be welcomed by people in general, the media has to play a key role and we can only do this if we have journalists who appreciate how to report on these issues. Media houses must accord environmental issues a priority in their news agenda.”

Mutebvu said the aim was to equip media personnel with the requisite technical knowledge at a time when issues of climate change are dominating world headlines. The institute, according to Mutebvu, will be known as the African Institute for Environmental Journalism Studies.

“We are in discussions with a few donors who have shown a keen willingness to fund the project and at the same time we have held discussions with the Bindura University of Technology,” he said.

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