Two-Days Training Workshop on Disaster Reporting and Climate Change begins at MERC, KU

Srinagar: Two-days training workshop on Reporting Climate Change and Disaster commenced at the Media Education Research Centre (MERC), University of Kashmir Thursday.

The workshop aims to equip media students and scholars with the necessary knowledge on how to cover and report these pressing issues more accurately and responsibly.

Dr. Rashid Maqbool, lecturer at the Centre, started the session and welcomed the guest of honor, Athar Parvaiz. Dr. Maqbool emphasized Athar’s incredible contribution to environmental journalism and disaster reporting in the Himalayan region. “Athar has published in many reputed national and international publications. His reporting and research focused on crucial issues such as food security, water crisis and agricultural challenges in Himalayan region. “Athar’s work is inspiring and thought provoking. He helps young storytellers to explore new and challenging areas of developmental reporting,” Dr Maqbool said.

Professor Sabeha Mufti, Head MERC, while welcoming the guest said that Athar Parvaiz is an alumnus of the Centre and has earned a name for himself in developmental reporting. He is the one who sought out a niche area for reporting, which sets him apart from the rest, Dr Mufti said, adding, “He is an expert in disaster reporting and climate change which is really a need of hour. Nowadays, we see disasters taking place in the form of wars.”

Prof. Sabeha further guided the students and scholars to make the most from this training workshop.

Prof. Malik Zahra , the Coordinator of the workshop said, “The workshop aims at capacity building among our students so that tomorrow they can speak and write about sensitive issues of climate change and disasters which is a global crisis impacting communities worldwide.”

The resource person Mr. Athar Parvaiz started the workshop by delving into the history of climate change. He discussed the formation of the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) and its guidelines. Mr. Athar also shared with the participants the importance of understanding how to start reporting on climate change by emphasizing the need to substantiate claims with scientific evidence. While sharing his experiences he said “You need to first do the ground research, and then pursue the story”.

The workshop was attended by the MERC faculty Prof. Aaliya Ahmed, Prof. Syeda Afshana, Dr Afsana Rashid, Dr Irfan Hashim and Dr Adil Bakshi, besides scholars and students.

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