Register for Mongabay Africa’s webinar on How to Submit a Pitch on April 19

Are you a journalist from Africa looking to hone your skills in environmental journalism? Want to learn how to effectively pitch stories to Mongabay Afrique? Mongabay’s upcoming webinar will provide valuable insights into crafting compelling pitches and navigating the submission process.

This session will cover everything from understanding the components of a successful pitch to identifying sources of information and tips for making your pitch stand out.

Join us for this Mongabay Africa’s first-ever webinar designed specifically for journalists residing in countries across francophone Africa.

Register here for Mongabay’s first French-language webinar.

What is Mongabay Africa?

In November 2023, Mongabay officially expanded its coverage of environmental and conservation news in Africa by launching a news bureau dedicated to producing renowned, award-winning journalism in both French and English.

Event details

When: April 19th, 2024 at 10 am GMT+1 (Benin time)

Where: Live on Zoom

Register: Click here and tell a friend!

Pitch Mongabay a story

If you have a story idea, please submit your pitch via Mongabay’s Opportunities page.

The experts

Christophe Assogba – Mongabay Africa French Editor

Christophe Assogba has over 20 years of experience in journalism and communication. He started his career as a print journalist. He held numerous positions of responsibility in his country’s media before moving on to various journalism and communication roles by coordinating several training projects in scientific journalism in West and Central Africa. He worked for several years for SciDev.Net 2011 about science issues in Benin and the wider West Africa region. He is also the president of the Association des Journalistes et Communicateurs Scientifiques du Benin and the West Africa Forum of Science Journalists and Communicators.

David Akana – Mongabay Africa Program Manager

Originally from Cameroon, David has masters degrees in Mass Communications with a focus on digital journalism and in Business and International Relations. David began his journalistic career in his homeland of Cameroon as a writer for The Post Newspaper before transitioning to broadcasting. He then worked for Radio Reine, Radio Environment, and the Cameroon Radio Television Corporation while freelancing for Reuters and RFI. Over the past ten years, David has actively driven innovative environmental journalism initiatives and reporting projects in the Congo Basin. He played a significant role as the managing editor of InfoCongo, the Congo Basin’s first geojournalism platform, and is currently a member of the UN Ocean Decade’s Strategic Communications Group, an Advisory Committee Member for the Pulitzer Center’s Rainforest Journalism Fund, and an Editorial Committee Member for Our Planet on Earth.

Juliette Chapalain – Mongabay Fellowship & Multimedia Editor

Juliette has over a decade of experience in journalism and has lived in France, the United Kingdom, Ivory Coast, Togo, Spain and Canada. She holds a BA in Politics (Nottingham Trent University) and a dual master’s degree in Journalism and Politics (Ecole Supérieure de Journalisme de Lille, Sciences Po Lille). She has gained experience as a reporter, writer, video journalist, producer or director (TV5 Monde, Arte, France 2, TF1, Mediapart, Libération). As an editor and team manager, she piloted “Le Journal Afrique” and “Les Maternelles d’Afrique” on TV5 Monde, as well as “Made in Africa” on RTI1 (Elephant Africa) TV programs before joining BBC News in London for its digital African programs. She has also taken on the trainer role, aiming to build a global network of highly skilled journalists who are always looking for impactful stories.

Terna Gyuse – Mongabay Managing Editor

Terna has been a journalist, radio producer, bad student, and great editor. He’s been a short-order cook and a media trainer and still occasionally plays as a right-footed left-back. He’s worked to defend people and the environment against Shell in Nigeria, supporting Indigenous rights against hydropower in northern Manitoba, and for biodiversity and community-controlled food systems everywhere. He is suspicious of milk chocolate, acronyms, and words with more than three syllables. He threw his hands up in disgust after Copenhagen but can’t escape the fact that the question of climate change demands careful answers to all the most urgent challenges facing the world today. He’s lived longest in Canada and Nigeria but now lives in Cape Town.

About Mongabay

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