CANCELLED: CLEW Energy Transition Journalism Day

We are inviting: CLEW network members, journalists located in Germany and young media professionals
22 Mar - 23 Mar 2020
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The Clean Energy Wire has decided to cancel the conference following the German government's decision to cancel the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue conference planned for 24/25 March "due to the increasing proliferation of COVID-19". We will contact the participants and speakers with details in the course of the coming days.

Berlin, 22 March 2020: The CLEW Energy Transition Journalism Day

As the EU readies its Green Deal, the CLEW Energy Transition Journalism Day will look at the role journalism should play in the big stories around decarbonising Europe's economy.

Clean Energy Wire is organising a workshop in cooperation with the GIZ in the run-up to the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue (BETD) 2020, where EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen will hold the key note speech.

You can find the programme of the CLEW Energy Transition Journalism Day here.

Applications for this event are closed.

The climate and energy transition story is making headlines everywhere these days. From youth protests and industry upheaval, to wildfires and melting ice sheets, the story spans all beats, both domestic and international. In the European Union, the 'Green Deal' is taking centre stage in politics.

The Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue (BETD) brings together policymakers and energy transition experts from across the globe – and provides a perfect backdrop for journalists to ask themselves: How can we best cover the transition to a climate-friendly economy?

The CLEW Energy Transition Journalism Day will look at the role journalism should play in the big stories of the energy transition, and the European Green Deal in particular. In roundtables with journalists, media experts and energy policy specialists we will discuss:

  • Is journalism well equipped to understand, analyse and potentially moderate societal conflicts that will accompany the transformational shifts associated with the energy transition?
  • As the negative effects of climate change unfold at an increasing pace: How can reporters take a clear, yet journalistic stance on the issues faced by societies around the globe – without slipping into the role of climate activists?
  • And as Europe embarks on the European Green Deal – is this yet another technical story to be covered like other EU stories before?

The CLEW Energy Transition Journalism Day will take place on Sunday, 22 March 2020. Successful applicants  may participate in BETD media briefings on 23 March and the official BETD conference on 24/25 March.



Frequently asked questions on how to apply, costs and logistics

Please read questions and answers carefully.
Who is eligible for the event? And how can I apply?

Application to the CLEW Energy Transition Journalism Day is possible for

a) CLEW network members

b) journalists located in Germany who report on the energy transition, international energy and climate policies, decarbonisation, foreign policy or a related field.

c) journalists in education or with less than three years work experience who want to dive into the climate and energy beat

d) GIZ media fellows The CLEW Energy Transition Journalism Day is part of the GIZ Media Fellows Programme, so if you are selected by the GIZ, you will automatically get a place at our event.


To apply, please click on the red  'Apply Here' button above that will take you to the webform.

Please note that applications in any language other than English  will not be accepted.

By submitting your application, you agree that your name, associated media outlet, country of residence and email address will appear on the list shared with all participants if your application is successful.

Application deadline is 12 February.

What languages will be spoken during the event?

All presentations during the workshop will be in English, or otherwise translated live into English.

Are there any costs for participants?

Participation and catering at the CLEW Energy Transition Journalism Day are free of charge.

Three overnight stays (Sunday to Wednesday, 22 - 25 March) will be covered by the Clean Energy Wire. The hotel will be located close to the conference venue. 

Travel expenses (including public transport in Berlin) will be reimbursed. For a reimbursement of travel costs participation in CLEW Energy Transition Journalism Day is obligatory.

All successful applicants will be notified on how to claim reimbursement ahead of the tour. It is generally not possible to reimburse the travel expenses in cash.

Where can I receive accreditaton for the BETD2020?

We ask all participants of the CLEW Energy Transition Journalism Day to apply for accreditation for the BETD2020. Press accreditation is possible here

What about travel arrangements to Berlin and back?

Participants will organise their own travel to and from Berlin independently, and will be reimbursed after the event. When arranging their travel, participants are kindly asked to consider climate friendly modes of transportation (e.g. train, bus) where viable and reasonable. If the return ticket exceeds 300 euros participants are required to get approval.

The CLEW Energy Transition Journalism Day is an all-day event on Sunday 22 March.

Successful applicants will be notified on how to claim reimbursement ahead of the conference. It is generally not possible to reimburse expenses in cash.

What are the deadlines?

The deadline for applications is 12 February 2020. We will inform you of the outcome of your application no later than 18 February 2020.

Please make sure to check your email, including the spam folder. If your application is sucessful you will receive a confirmation email from CLEW no later than 17 February. In that event please confirm your participation by 12 pm CET+1 time on 20 February. Otherwise your place will be offered to another applicant.

What if I need a visa?

If you require a letter of invitation for your visa application, please let us know by sending an email to Please make sure you have a visa appointment at the embassy or consulate well before the event to leave enough time for processing your visa.

Note that we do not reimburse visa fees or insurance costs.


For further questions, please get in touch with our team though

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