Sustainability Media Academy

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A sustainability-focused academy dedicated to media and communication education, enabling individuals with tools to produce high-quality content to advance and report on sustainability and sustainable development issues in Asia.

About the programme

The Sustainability Media Academy (SMA) is an initiative for seasoned and aspiring journalists in the Asia region, to help them better understand sustainability and sustainable development issues and develop expertise and authority to produce content.

Piloting for the first time this 2022, SMA aims to help to raise the awareness levels among society in Asia as well as raise the level of trust in information and quality of debate on sustainability issues. 

The academy will act as an enabler for individuals to learn to produce high-quality content to advance sustainability in the region. The academy will equip individuals with the knowledge and tools in their pursuit of knowledge and content production around sustainability issues.

We will work in partnership with Eco-Business, Asia Pacific’s leading digital media organisation on sustainable development and other knowledge partners, to curate and offer a unique curriculum catered for young aspiring journalists and/or content producers, who are keen to dive into the sustainability landscape.

The programme will come at no charge for successful applicants.

Applications for Sustainability Media Academy 2022 are now closed. Thank you to our applicants and for your interest in this programme.

Workshops

The Sustainability Media Academy comprises of three days of media workshops to develop story ideas, contacts, and network with other journalists from the region. The academy will provide participants with an overview of climate and sustainable development in Asia and uncover new ways of reporting on these issues for their countries. The workshops include:

1) 101 Journalism on Sustainability, 19 August 2022: This module covers the fundamentals of journalism on sustainability or sustainable development issues and content writing, providing participants with relevant background knowledge on sustainability topics.

2) Finding your voice: Story-telling in multimedia formats, 12 September 2022: This module will cover the fundamentals of multimedia production and how it can be used for effective story-telling in the sustainability context.

3) Deepening Knowledge, 6 October 2022: This module covers the fundamentals of how an aspiring journalist can work on discovering a niche topic or subject area in the field of sustainability.

These workshops facilitate the participants’ understanding of the multi-faceted issues in driving sustainable development in the region. The exposure to a myriad of issues and industry verticals will help the participants identify a niche sector that they are most keen to explore.

The hybrid workshops will run from August to October.

Advisory Board

The Sustainability Media Academy is supported by an advisory board comprised of experts in the field of journalism, sustainability and sustainability-focused journalism.

Members of this advisory board will:

  • Offer strategic guidance for the academy and in the development of the academy’s curriculum
  • Be advocates and share about the academy with their community and students
  • Potentially partake in panel sessions as expert speakers or in specific segments of the programme

Media Coverage

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