Open Call: Training program for journalists covering climate and energy related issues in the Western Balkans

Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe, Europe’s leading NGO coalition fighting dangerous climate change, is pleased to announce an open call for applications to a specialised training program designed for journalists interested in covering climate and energy-related issues in the Western Balkans. This initiative aims to enhance the capacity of journalists in the region, providing them with the tools, knowledge, and networks needed to effectively report on the critical topics of climate and a just energy transition. 




Program Overview

Climate change and energy issues are at the forefront of global challenges. The Western Balkans make no exception, and impacts of climate change are increasingly evident, with energy policies rapidly evolving. 

The training will be taking place in-person and online in Skopje, North Macedonia  from 17th to 19th of September 2024. The program seeks to empower journalists to produce high-quality, impactful stories that can inform and engage the public, debunk main misinformation and disinformation narratives, while influencing policy, and fostering a more informed and resilient society.


Program Highlights

  • Expert-Led Workshops: Sessions conducted by leading experts in climate science, energy policy, and journalism.

  • Networking Opportunities: Connect with fellow journalists and experts. 


Key Topics Covered

Some of the topics covered in the training will include:

  • The Western Balkans and climate change: causes, impacts and projections 

  • Just transition and just transition in the Western Balkans.

  • Navigating Climate Data and Research: Accessing and interpreting climate data sources, analysing climate research and reports, identifying credible scientific sources and experts.

  • Role of journalism in shaping climate policy and advocacy. Ethical considerations in climate reporting: objectivity, balance, fact accuracy and transparency, journalistic integrity and avoiding conflicts of interest.

  • Framing climate stories: identifying angles and narratives, while addressing climate scepticism and misinformation.


Who Should Apply?

We invite applications from:

  • Journalists based in and from the Western Balkan region, working in print, broadcast (TV and radio), and online media;

  • Freelance journalists with a track record of covering environmental, climate, or energy issues;

  • Students from journalism faculties, willing to start a journalistic career on climate and environmental journalism.


How to Apply

Interested candidates should:

  •  Complete the Application Form (available HERE) and submit the following: 

  • CV/Resume: Highlighting relevant journalism experience or relevant journalism studies.

  • Sample Work: Two examples of your journalism work related to climate, energy, or environmental issues. 

  • Evidence of current status –  Whether you are a journalism student, a recent graduate or working as journalists. This evidence includes, but is not limited to, confirmation of enrollment for the following year OR confirmation of graduation in the last two years OR evidence of your current employment.


Selection Criteria

Participants will be selected based on:

  • Demonstrated interest and experience in climate and energy reporting;

  • Quality of submitted work samples;

  • Potential impact of the training on the applicant’s future work.


Program Dates and Location

(Accommodation and travel expenses within the Western Balkan region will be covered for the selected participants)

Training Dates: 17th-19th September 2024

Location: Skopje, North Macedonia




Contact Information



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We look forward to receiving your applications and supporting your journey in becoming leading voices in climate and energy journalism in the Western Balkans!




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