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Session Topic Synopsis
1 The Role of Media: Challenges & Opportunities in ASEAN What is the role of the media in the world of climate change and other environmental issues? How are environmental issues generally framed or portrayed, why are they shown in such a way and what media tools and techniques are used to achieve this? How is being an environmental journalist/writing about environmental issues different from being a normal journalist/writing about standard issues? Specifically for environmental journalism in the ASEAN region, what are the hot button issues and are there difficulties faced in writing about them? How are they overcome? Participants will learn about media and communications from the “traditional” perspective of a panel of regional reporters a mainstream news corporation.

2 Leveraging on Social Media to Create Change With the aid of new media, people have the power to both create and consume content. How has this resulted in a different and changing modern media landscape (with interest paid to crowdsourcing, crowdfunding, crowdfinding) and how has this impacted the green movement? What are the advantages and disadvantages?

The power of the media: How can it be used to harness the power of the people and as a tool for making change? With reference to the specific case study of the media campaign: I’m FINished with FINS by Shark Savers, participants will learn how to run an effective campaign, with particular attention paid to the usage of media and communications for research, investigations, outreach, etc.

3 The Power of the Media If a campaign win was achieved but no one hears about it, did it still happen? Come to this interactive workshop to discuss why communications and working with the media is important. What would happen if the green movement was just to exist within its own bubble. Leave with tips on how to escape this echo chamber. Participants will leave having a better understanding of how to work with the media as a spokesperson or communications professional. Come ready to answer the questions of what you would like to communicate, who to and why.

4 Citizen Environmental Journalism – Writing What is green media, how is it being utilised by community/citizen journalists, and to what effect (intended or otherwise)? What are the benefits/drawbacks of being an independent writer as compared to being a mainstream media representative? How can journalism be used as an advocacy tool? Participants will learn about media and communications from a very different perspective of regional green community bloggers or citizen journalists, and compare and contrast it to what they have understood previously.

5 Citizen Environmental Journalism – Photography Media and communications are not restricted to the written word- there are many more mediums such as photography and film that can be explored. How is the medium of photography/film different from that of writing? How can we effectively make the most out of this medium and avoid any potential shortfalls of it? Participants will explore the realms of photojournalism or film-making and discover new methods to express their emotions and thoughts.