The Stanley Center for Peace and Security, in collaboration with The Associated Press and The Press Trust of India, continued the India Climate Journalism Program with coverage of India before and during COP28.
The organizations initiated a customized mentorship and reporting fellowship at the 2023 United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties in Dubai, which included joint reporting from the conference.
Gaurav Saini, PTI senior correspondent who has covered the intersection of climate change, environment, agriculture, wildlife, water and Indigenous people for PTI, joined AP Climate Correspondent for South Asia, Sibi Arasu who has extensive experience in covering the climate crisis in India.
Following the Kochi Workshop, where AP senior journalists and editors provided an overarching training on covering international negotiations, Saini collaborated with Arasu, as his peer mentor, and with other journalists from the AP Global Climate Desk to develop story ideas, receive guidance on the context of COP28, and network with other journalists.
The fellowship included collaboration on stories leading up to the conference, orientation at the COP, covering India’s negotiations and relevant events at the conference, and on-the-ground integration into AP’s climate coverage of the COP.
The fellowship also featured work by Climate Change Media Partnership Fellow, PTI Journalist Uzmi Athar, who was part of the Kochi Workshop earlier this year.
The journalist fellows produced stories leading up to the COP with oversight by Climate Collaborations Editor, Lagipoiva Cherelle Jackson, and worked together on stories with the AP Climate team in Dubai, led by AP Climate and Environment News Director, Peter Prengaman.
Read Saini’s and Arasu’s reflections on their experiences reporting at the COP in Dubai.
Published stories leading up to and during COP28 are featured below.