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NEWS: South Asia climate change journalist fellowship awarded


This year’s 24 South Asia Climate Change Award (SACCA) fellows have been selected by a panel of experts after careful consideration of nearly seventy applications from all forms of media from six countries in South Asia.

The fellowships will support writing / reporting stories on climate change from the region. The fellows will also have the opportunity to participate in a training workshop and field trip that will link them with their peers from the neighbouring countries and understand climate-related issues from a South Asian perspective.

Weightage was given to form of media, gender and language to ensure a judicious mix. PSA’s SACCA fellowships are being offered as part of a CDKN project for enhancing climate change awareness and understanding among journalists in South Asia. The project, which is currently in its second phase, has already produced quality new climate change reporting across the region. Many of these stories have also been featured on CDKN’s Asia website page.

The SACCA Fellows 2013 are as follows:

Name Sex Country Name of media Language Type of media
Mohammad   Imran Hossain M Bangladesh Diganta   Television Bangla TV
Abu Bakkar Siddique M Bangladesh Deutschenews24.de English/Bangla Web
Yasmin Reema F Bangladesh New   Age English Print
Syful Islam M Bangladesh Reuters   Alertnert Climate English Web
Passang Norbu M Bhutan Kuenzel   newspaper English Print
Chencho Dema F Bhutan The   Bhutanese English Print
Athar Parvaiz M India The   Kashmir Times English Print
Nilofer D’Souza F India Forbes   India English Print
Pradeep Nanandkar M India Solapur   Tarun Bharat Marathi Print
K. Rajendran M India Kairali   TV Malayalam TV
Sandip Das M India Financial   Express English Print
Santosh Sarang M India Prabhat   Khabar Hindi Print
Kavitha Muralidharan F India Deccan   Chronicle and Puthiya Thalamurai English/Tamil Print
John Upton M India New   York Times India Ink English Web
Om Astha Rai M Nepal Republica English Print
Pitambar Sigdel M Nepal Annapurna   Post Nepali Print
Pramila Manandhar F Nepal Radio   Sagarmatha Nepali Radio
Shabina Faraz F Pakistan Daily   Jang, Karachi Urdu Print
Saleem Shaikh M Pakistan Reuters   Alertnet Climate English Web
Rashid Ahmed M Pakistan Pakistan   Broadcasting Corporation Urdu Radio
Waqar Bhatti M Pakistan The   News International English Print
Bari Baloch M Pakistan Daily   Balochistan Today English Print
Amantha Perera M Sri   Lanka Internews English Web   and print
Apsara Kapukotuwa Perera F Sri   Lanka Ceylon   Today English Print
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