Ten men and women, who received EUKI-financed bursaries via the International Journalists’ Programmes (IJP), demonstrated just how exciting and varied environmental journalism can be. They spent eight weeks working in European partner countries and carried out research on climate change mitigation and energy transition. The result was 41 audio and written pieces from Croatia, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia and Slovenia . These are in the right-hand column and can be downloaded.
The articles cover a varied range of climate and energy topics. They include contributions on bioplastics in Bratislava as well as cycling projects, bee-keeping and dealing with nuclear power. The journalists visiting Germany were particularly interested in the plan to phase out coal power by 2038. Katja Lihtenvalner, Marina Kelava and Tereza Stastna provided their readers in Slovenia, Croatia and the Czech Republic with reports on the planned transition from coal and lignite to sustainable sources of power.
The Hungarian Gergely Nagy seized the initiative to look further afield. His report on energy transition in Germany won the Hungarian Energy Traders Association’s prize. In his report, he explained the energy transition clearly for Hungarian readers and analysed different aspects such as politics, society and the movement against nuclear power. Meanwhile, the German journalist Markus Meyer-Gehlen was on assignment in Hungary. Among the topics he reported on for the station WDR was the expansion of the Paks nuclear power plant.
What is exciting about all the stories is that they are from an outsider’s perspective. Reporters look beyond their national boundaries and learn on the spot about the local and national challenges and projects of other European countries. The journalists can also use their networks for future research. The public in the journalists’ home countries are the real beneficiaries of this opportunity to exchange experience and thus gain more knowledge.
Autumn 2019 sees the start of the second round in the exchange scheme for journalists. The participants are from Croatia, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia and Slovenia. Twelve more reporters can therefore gain experience on the spot and conduct research on climate and energy topics all over Europe.
Click through last year’s contributions and gain an impression of climate change mitigation as a pan-European task.