Chinese journalists to share learning from reporting trip to Kenya

News, 18 March 2014
Six Chinese journalists who won fellowships to report from Kenya will share their experiences at a meeting in Beijing on 21 March.

Knowledge gained from interviews carried out in Kenya by Chinese journalists will be presented to a meeting in Beijing (Photo: Angelo DeSantis via Creative Commons http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/)

Yi De Vision, a Beijing-based international media think tank, organised the 10-day fellowships with support from IIED, to enable journalists to explore the growing links between China and Africa.

In Kenya, the journalists met representatives of government, businesses, civil society, media and academic institutions, as well as citizens from both Kenya and China.

They are now developing stories for print, TV and online outlets on topics that include urbanisation, forestry and livelihoods, wildlife and eco-tourism and the relationship between China and Kenya.

"China's links to Africa, through trade and investment, are growing fast and this poses both challenges and opportunities for sustainable development," says Xiaoxue Weng, a researcher at IIED.

"Accurate media coverage of these links is important as it can contribute to better international understanding and shine a light on issues such as ways China's demand for African natural resources can bring sustainable benefits to the continent."

At the meeting in Beijing, the journalists will share with fellow media workers their lessons about working in Africa and what they learnt about China's role there. Speakers will represent a variety of media, civil society, business and other players from China, Kenya and other countries.

The meeting has been organised by Yi De Vision and Our History Magazine, a Chinese publication focusing on international relations, culture and history. It will take place at 10.00-16.00 on Friday 21 March at Zazhi Salon Café, No.28, Bei Gou Yan Hutong, Dongcheng District, Beijing.

For more information, contact Xiaoxue Weng (xiaoxue.weng@iied.org).

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Notes to editors

The International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) is an independent, non-profit research institute. Set up in 1971 and based in London, IIED provides expertise and leadership in researching and achieving sustainable development (see: www.iied.org).

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