Call for Applications: Media 21 Asia [fr]

The project Media 21 Asia will support the presentation of issues relating to global warming in the local media scene in Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. The call for applications is aimed at the local media outlets (print media, television, radio, online media or blogs) which already have a certain amount of experience in dealing with environmental issues.


The ’Media 21, journalism and climate change’ project

The COP21 or 2015 Paris Climate conference, which will take place from 30 November to 11 December 2015, is a crucial event because it must lead to a new international agreement on climate that is applicable to all countries, while respecting the principle of differentiation, with the aim of keeping global warming below 2°C.
An agenda and political impetus are needed in order to change society’s views on climate issues and to work for a paradigm shift such that climate change comes to be considered as an opportunity to create jobs and wealth. It is also necessary to communicate and explain these messages to all citizens in order to present them with the key issues and challenges, as well as the roles that everyone can play.

To this end, the media plays a central and essential role in promoting ownership of the objectives by as many people as possible.

The media is an essential component for the success of the preparations for and running of the conference and, more importantly, for the effective implementation of the policies that will arise from it.

The aim of the Media 21 Asia project is to help one media organisation from each of the ASEAN countries to develop an editorial strategy incorporating climate change issues and to investigate local climate change initiatives with a view to highlighting a positive response to climate constraints.

Download the complete file on Media 21 Asia below:

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Call for applications: Media 21 Asia
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The beneficiaries

Media 21 Asia is aimed at media organisations (newspapers, television, radio, online media or blogs) which already have some experience with climate change issues that they are seeking to develop.

Media 21 Asia is exclusively for organisations based in ASEAN countries, namely: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

The Media 21 Asia project

The aim of the Media 21 Asia project is to support the development of coverage of climate change issues in the media landscape. In order to achieve this objective, it focuses on helping the editors-in-chief of the media organisations selected to establish an editorial and economic strategy around this theme. The project is also designed to help journalists of those media with an interest in these issues to master investigation techniques on specific examples of positive local initiatives.

The Media 21 Asia project will select one media organisation from each ASEAN country with a view to providing guidance and consolidating experience on the theme of climate change and the key issues of the 2015 Paris climate conference, which will take place in late 2015.

Interested media organisations are requested to submit a joint application form completed by the editor-in-chief and one or more journalists with a particular investigation project relating to a local initiative that highlights climate change issues, specifically positive changes.

The media organisations selected by a panel of professionals will then benefit from guidance in the form of group training and individual monitoring. At each training session both the editors-in-chief and the journalists will be invited to work on their individual focus area (editorial strategy and investigation methods respectively). Joint sessions will be organised to enable people to come together and pool their experience.

Key dates

This call for applications will select one media organisation per ASEAN country to guide through to the 2015 Paris climate conference. The timeline is as follows:

- 25 February 2015: publication of call for applications;
- 29 March 2015: online platform application deadline: 23.00 (GMT) (no extensions);
- 10 April 2015: results announced;
- 13-24 April 2015: signing of commitment agreements and funding agreements between CFI and the beneficiaries selected;
- 11-15 May 2015: 1st training session in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia;
- 29 June-3 July 2015: 2nd training session and ASEAN climate conference in Bangkok, 2 days of which will coincide with the ASEAN Regional Forum on Climate Change, Thailand;
- July-October 2015: remote monitoring of investigations;
- 7-11 December 2015 (to be confirmed): 3rd training session and COP21 in Paris, France;
- February 2016 (to be confirmed): project review and prospects, in an ASEAN country to be confirmed.

Some dates are yet to be confirmed and the remote monitoring of investigations will be tailored to each media organisation. It will be jointly agreed by the expert advisors and the beneficiaries.

The Media 21 Asia partners

Media 21 Asia is a project launched and piloted by CFI (France) in collaboration with the Regional Delegation for Cooperation –ASEAN and the Communication and Press Department of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development (MAEDI), the French Embassies in the ASEAN countries and their audiovisual attachés, the Instituts français in the countries involved, the French delegation to UNESCO and UNESCO.

Support provided through the project

The media organisations selected will benefit from group and individual guidance on the setting-up of an editorial strategy relating to climate change issues and how to deal with such topics. The project will enable the media organisations to adopt a specific stance that ties in with the media landscape in their country and their audience. Lastly, it will help the teams of journalists to conduct investigations (professionalisation of investigation techniques), which will be published by their media organisations.

This guidance will be dispensed through group training sessions, during which individual interviews will be used to gauge the individual circumstances of each media organisation.

Group and individual remote monitoring will take place between training sessions.

All applicants selected will be funded for attending the 3 training sessions (flights, accommodation and meals).

Lastly, the project may be able to cover some logistics costs for producing the investigation report, up to a maximum of 50% of the total budget (excluding human resources – the media organisation will be responsible for paying journalists’ salaries). Only transport, accommodation and meal costs will be eligible for reimbursement upon presentation of invoices.

Composition of the application file

The file is to be drawn up in English – the language in which the training will be dispensed.

Only complete files will be considered.

Please keep a copy of your submitted file.

The file must include:

- The application form (on the website);
- CVs (in English) of the members of the team of the proposed project;
- The media organisation’s commitment letter, in which it promises to publish the investigation and cover part of the budget;

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Format : Letter of commitment
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- Copies of the most significant articles, editorials, video/photo reports, etc. (minimum 5) by the media organisations and journalists involved in the investigation on climate change issues;
- A visual illustrating the investigation subject presented;
- A detailed budget for the investigation.

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Detailed budget of the project
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Any questions?

If you have any questions, please send an email to the following address before 27 March 2015: or visit

Dernière modification : 02/03/2015

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