Fellowship Journey

Welcome to the remarkable journey of the fellows who have come together as part of Climate Tracker Asia’s Content Creators Hub, a program supported by Oxfam’s Stories 4 Change Project.

These passionate individuals are actively fighting for the rights of indigenous peoples, LGBTQ+, women and children, as well as working towards creating sustainable products, reducing food waste, and conserving nature. United by a shared commitment to addressing climate change, they are harnessing the power of digital storytelling to make a difference.

The fellowship journey commenced in 2022, as 12 fellows from diverse regions of the Philippines participated in a series of impactful online workshops. These workshops were designed to equip the fellows with the necessary knowledge and skills in audiovisual storytelling, science-based reporting, and creative journalism, empowering them to produce engaging and informative content about climate change.

The initial sessions focused on introducing the fellows to climate journalism, climate reporting for social media, and science communications.

Fellowship Journey

Welcome to the remarkable journey of the fellows who have come together as part of Climate Tracker Asia’s Content Creators Hub, a program supported by Oxfam’s Stories 4 Change Project.

These passionate individuals are actively fighting for the rights of indigenous peoples, LGBTQ+, women and children, as well as working towards creating sustainable products, reducing food waste, and conserving nature. United by a shared commitment to addressing climate change, they are harnessing the power of digital storytelling to make a difference.

The fellowship journey commenced in 2022, as 12 fellows from diverse regions of the Philippines participated in a series of impactful online workshops. These workshops were designed to equip the fellows with the necessary knowledge and skills in audiovisual storytelling, science-based reporting, and creative journalism, empowering them to produce engaging and informative content about climate change.

The initial sessions focused on introducing the fellows to climate journalism, climate reporting for social media, and science communications.

Association of Young Environmental Journalists Executive Director, Val Amiel Vestil, conducted an online session on “Content Creation for Good,” emphasizing the importance of passionate curiosity. Val highlighted that a good story for social good brings attention to overlooked or under-represented issues while creating awareness and interest in innovative solutions.

ABS-CBN News senior multi-platform journalist, Jacque Manabat, held an online session on “News Content for Social Media.” Jacque emphasized the significance of engaging the public through various social platforms like TikTok, stressing that reaching the younger audience is crucial for the future of climate communication.

In January 2023, the fellows attended the highly anticipated Climate Tracker Asia’s Content Creators Hub Bootcamp. Over the course of four days, they had the opportunity to learn from experienced journalists, storytellers, and artists, further enhancing their content creation skills and knowledge.

The bootcamp commenced with a warm welcome dinner, where fellows, Climate Tracker mentors, and Oxfam staff connected with each other through an engaging gift exchange activity. This set the stage for a supportive and collaborative atmosphere throughout the event.

Association of Young Environmental Journalists Executive Director, Val Amiel Vestil, conducted an online session on “Content Creation for Good,” emphasizing the importance of passionate curiosity. Val highlighted that a good story for social good brings attention to overlooked or under-represented issues while creating awareness and interest in innovative solutions.

ABS-CBN News senior multi-platform journalist, Jacque Manabat, held an online session on “News Content for Social Media.” Jacque emphasized the significance of engaging the public through various social platforms like TikTok, stressing that reaching the younger audience is crucial for the future of climate communication.

In January 2023, the fellows attended the highly anticipated Climate Tracker Asia’s Content Creators Hub Bootcamp. Over the course of four days, they had the opportunity to learn from experienced journalists, storytellers, and artists, further enhancing their content creation skills and knowledge.

The bootcamp commenced with a warm welcome dinner, where fellows, Climate Tracker mentors, and Oxfam staff connected with each other through an engaging gift exchange activity. This set the stage for a supportive and collaborative atmosphere throughout the event.

The bootcamp proper began with fellows presenting their initial outputs. Mentors and fellow participants provided valuable feedback and suggestions, fostering a culture of continuous improvement.

The fellows were immersed in a packed day of learning, with Rose Barroga, scriptwriter and head of content for social media at Project Nightfall, sharing insights on creating viral and impactful content. Rose commended the engagement and openness of the Climate Tracker fellows, acknowledging their eagerness to learn and ask critical questions. She added, the experience allowed her to gain a better understanding of the climate advocacy world while bridging the gap between content creation and advancing the mission.

They also learned different storytelling techniques from Jaymar Castro, an accomplished writer known for his work in soap operas, stage plays, digital series, and films. Jaymar highlighted the significance of storytelling in shaping people’s minds and expressed his optimism for the future inspired by the fellows’ dedication.

Renowned artist and conservationist, AG Saño, imparted ways to utilize art in telling stories about communities impacted by climate change.

Climate Tracker Asia Regional Director, Biena Magbitang, conducted hands-on sessions, supporting the content creators in developing their story ideas.

The bootcamp proper began with fellows presenting their initial outputs. Mentors and fellow participants provided valuable feedback and suggestions, fostering a culture of continuous improvement.

The fellows were immersed in a packed day of learning, with Rose Barroga, scriptwriter and head of content for social media at Project Nightfall, sharing insights on creating viral and impactful content. Rose commended the engagement and openness of the Climate Tracker fellows, acknowledging their eagerness to learn and ask critical questions. She added, the experience allowed her to gain a better understanding of the climate advocacy world while bridging the gap between content creation and advancing the mission.

They also learned different storytelling techniques from Jaymar Castro, an accomplished writer known for his work in soap operas, stage plays, digital series, and films. Jaymar highlighted the significance of storytelling in shaping people’s minds and expressed his optimism for the future inspired by the fellows’ dedication.

Renowned artist and conservationist, AG Saño, imparted ways to utilize art in telling stories about communities impacted by climate change.

Climate Tracker Asia Regional Director, Biena Magbitang, conducted hands-on sessions, supporting the content creators in developing their story ideas.

Journalist and Climate Tracker mentor Gaea Cabico facilitated discussions on the differences and similarities between climate change and environment reporting. Multi-awarded journalist Jeff Canoy, Chief of Reporters for ABS-CBN News, delved into visual storytelling and assisted the fellows in brainstorming and refining their pitches. Additionally, the fellows engaged in discussions around Climate Tracker’s Journalist Safety Checklist in Field Reporting.

To celebrate the completion of the bootcamp, the fellows enjoyed a delightful dinner together, cherishing the camaraderie and friendships formed during the program.

Norhanidah Macatoon was voted as the favorite fellow by her peers and received a tripod, as a token of appreciation, which she expressed would greatly aid her in content creation.

Journalist and Climate Tracker mentor Gaea Cabico facilitated discussions on the differences and similarities between climate change and environment reporting. Multi-awarded journalist Jeff Canoy, Chief of Reporters for ABS-CBN News, delved into visual storytelling and assisted the fellows in brainstorming and refining their pitches. Additionally, the fellows engaged in discussions around Climate Tracker’s Journalist Safety Checklist in Field Reporting.

To celebrate the completion of the bootcamp, the fellows enjoyed a delightful dinner together, cherishing the camaraderie and friendships formed during the program.

Norhanidah Macatoon was voted as the favorite fellow by her peers and received a tripod, as a token of appreciation, which she expressed would greatly aid her in content creation.

Following the bootcamp, each fellow, guided by Climate Tracker mentors, embarked on producing individual outputs and collaborative content highlighting how climate change impacts various sectors and communities in the Philippines. These thought-provoking stories can be explored and engaged with on this website, offering a unique perspective on the urgent issue of climate change.

Join us in celebrating the extraordinary journey of these content creators as they harness their voices, creativity, and newfound skills to drive positive change.