Applications invited: Workshop for journalists in Tamil Nadu

The Bay of Bengal is widely recognised as one of the world’s most vulnerable regions to the impact of climate change. Communities living along the shoreline, in the low-lying coastal plains and river deltas find their livelihoods challenged in several ways. Lands are becoming eroded by a rising sea, fish catch is on the decline, freshwater is ruined by saltwater intrusion, and crop yield is affected by salinity. Further inland, droughts, floods and heat waves affect the health of the vulnerable.

M S Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) under the Bay of Bengal grant supported by Internews would like to turn the spotlight on coastal Tamil Nadu and the communities who battle the effect of climate change. ‘From coast to press’ – MSSRF encourages the media to pay attention to issues faced by coastal communities, talk of their resilience and bring voices of women to larger audiences.

The 3-day media workshop will be at Tuticorin from June 17 to 19, 2019, and will provide Tamil Nadu journalists an opportunity to interact with coastal stakeholders and discover stories waiting to be told.

To express your interest in participation, please write to us at with the following:

1. A brief introduction to you and your work (links will be great!) in not more than 100 words

2. In 150 words, tell us why you are interested in this workshop and how you would like to use this opportunity

3. Where are you based; what publication and edition you contribute to; and your contact details

Who can apply: Journalists from Thiruvallur, Chennai, Kanchipuram, Villupuram, Cuddalore, Thiruvarur, Nagapattinam, Thanjavur, Pudukottai, Ramanathapuram, Thoothukudi, Tirunelveli and Kanyakumari.  

Please send your application to us on or before Friday, May 24, 2019, 5.30p.m.