Workshop at conference: Energy transition reporting in Eastern Europe

We are inviting: International journalists
20 Sep - 22 Sep 2018
Warsaw University Library, Poland
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APPLICATION PERIOD CLOSED - Climate change and the enery transition, migration and threats to democracy: a number of global events in recent years have forced journalists and their readers to be ready for the unprecedented. Arguably, however, international media outlets aren't facing these topics with critical urgency.
The CLEW workshop at the n-ost journalism conference in Warsaw 'Face it - Journalism beyond denial and ideology' on 21 September 2018 will discuss what it's like to report on the energy transition and climate policy in Eastern Europe.

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The CLEW workshop: 'Face the energy transition story in Eastern Europe'

How does energy transition and climate policy reporting look like in countries where there is little public debate on climate change? Where editors are not convinced climate change is a serious concern? Where journalists' freedom of information requests are ignored and media freedom can be restricted?

CLEW will tackle these and other questions at its workshop on Friday, September 21, at 12pm.

Prior to the major international climate conference held in Katowice, Poland, later this year, journalists joining our workshop will have the chance to:

  • Familiarise themselves with key narratives and debates on energy transition and climate reporting in Eastern Europe
  • Network with expert journalists in the field
  • Hear about a major recent international story involving deforestation, biomass and renewable energies in Poland and Romania from a winning team of the CLEW cross-border grant
  • Jointly brainstorm ideas for climate policy and energy transition stories in Eastern Europe



  • Raul Cazan, freelance journalist and founder of website 2 Celsius Network
  • Simona Drevenšek, journalist at national daily newspaper Delo, (weekly Svet Kapitala)
  • Sven Egenter, Editor in Chief and Executive Director of Clean Energy Wire
  • Martha Otwinowski | moderator,  Journalism Network Manager, Clean Energy Wire


The n-ost conference

The n-ost media conference from 20 - 22 September in Warsaw provides a space to look at a wide range of other challenges that journalism, most especially in Eastern Europe, faces:

  • Polarisation of media landscapes in Eastern Europe
  • Visegard countries: media ownership and historical memory in reporting
  • #metoo debate in Eastern Europe

The full conference programme, which is continuously being updated, is available here.


How and when to apply?

International journalists:  The application deadline is Sunday, 19 August 2018. Register through this link on the n-ost website. The attendance fee for EU-based staff journalists is 200 Euro. Discounted rates are available: freelance journalists (40 Euro), n-ost members (40Euro), as well as non-EU citizens (80 Euro). 

The attendance fee covers three night hotel accommodation as well as meals during the event.

Poland-based journalists: Apply by Monday, 17 September 2018 via this link. Attendance for local journalists is free of charge.


Who is organising the conference?

The conference is organised by the German-based, non-profit journalism network n-ost. The Clean Energy Wire is a partner organisation of the conference. Other media partners are: Hlídací, Political Critique, Mérce.

The conference is supported by: The Foundation for Polish-German Cooperation, the Heinrich Böll Foundation Warsaw, Visegard Fund, the Evens Foundation


Questions on the CLEW workshop?

Don't hesitate to get in contact with Martha Otwinowski (


We look forward to a weekend of formal and informal discussion among European media professionals with international journalists in and beyond the n-ost network, and hope to see many of you at the CLEW workshop.

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