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Citizen Matters Mumbai Reporter attends EJN workshop

Participants discussing

Sherine Raj, our Reporter based in Mumbai attended a workshop on energy and the environment in Aurangabad. Sherine is an experienced journalist, whose reporting spans diverse beats, including civic issues, transportation, healthcare, education, and the environment. She is particularly passionate about environmental stories, believing in the urgent need for sustainability and climate action.

The workshop was organised by Internews’ Earth Journalism Network (EJN), a community of over 14,000 journalists from all over the world, reporting on a wide variety of environmental issues. The workshop sessions helped to strengthen the skills of communicators to research and report on environmental reporting, with a specific focus on ‘Renewable Energy’. 

The 3-day workshop included sessions by experts from the Maharashtra Energy Development Agency (MEDA), World Resources Institute (WRI), and Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB). Participants also visited a solar panel site at Vihamandwa, a remote village in Aurangabad, which provides electricity for irrigation to 12 nearby villages with over 2500 farmers. 

Sherine says, “It was a highly insightful experience, offering valuable information regarding renewable energy, its impact on our environment, and the significance of responsible reporting in this domain. Such workshops enhance the ability to craft well-informed, impactful stories in the field of environmental reporting and to understand renewable energy’s role in shaping our future.” 

Look out for Sherine’s stories on Mumbai environment!