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Empower Media In Climate Reporting

By Artwell Chingwara Sithole

Journalists have been challenged to take a leading role in raising awareness on climate change and its devastating impacts it has on the people’s livelihoods and environment. This came out at a belated commemoration of World Press Freedom Day that was held on air by Vemuganga FM at Checheche, Chipinge recently.

The commemoration ran under the theme, “A Press for the planet: Journalism in the face of Environmental Crisis.”

The director of Green Institute, Blessing Matasva, who was the guest of honour challenged journalists to take action in educating people on climate change.

“In a world grappling with complex environmental challenges, the role of journalism becomes more significant. Journalists are the custodians of truth, enlightening society and driving change through the power of information.  They play a pivotal role in raising awareness and mobilising communities to take action,” he said.

Mr Matasva went further to acknowledge that media houses including community radios serve as the voice of the voiceless.

“Training programmes, workshops and mentorship initiatives can enhance skills in environmental reporting, data analysis and storytelling. By equipping journalists with the necessary tools and knowledge they are empowered to effectively communicate the urgency of environmental crisis,” he added.