Training Foreign Journalists a Passion for Blue Hill Woman



BLUE HILL — Though developing nations throughout the world stand to lose the most by decisions made at the 15th United Nations Climate Change Conference that began Dec. 7 in Copenhagen, those same countries are often cut off from resources needed to accurately report on such global events.

 

Navin Singh Khadka, a Nepali reporter and Climate Change Media Partnership fellow, works on a radio broadcast in the media center in Copenhagen from where he edits and files his stories of the climate negotiations alongside the world’s top environmental journalists. — JOHN BOIT
Navin Singh Khadka, a Nepali reporter and Climate Change Media Partnership fellow, works on a radio broadcast in the media center in Copenhagen from where he edits and files his stories of the climate negotiations alongside the world’s top environmental journalists. — JOHN BOIT

Blue Hill resident Jeanne Bourgault is dedicated to changing that.

Bourgault is chief operating officer and senior vice president of Internews, an international media development organization that was established 27 years ago. She is as interested in the journalists reporting from Copenhagen as she is in the stories they write and broadcast, especially 40 journalists from developing countries participating in a Climate Change Media Partnership fellowship program.

The program created through collaboration by Internews, Panos and the International Institute for Environment and Development is “designed to improve media coverage of climate change issues in developing countries.”

Bourgault said the 40 journalists participating in the program represent 30 developing countries in Asia, Asia-Pacific, Africa, the Middle East, the Caribbean and Latin America.

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