Today, 54 percent of the world’s population lives in urban areas, a proportion that is expected to increase to 70 percent by 2050. Urbanisation is a fact, making cities worldwide an even more relevant topic to talk about. What does urban journalism look like today and how can we make it function as a tool to address and solve urban issues?
What 21st-century skills are needed by urban journalists nowadays? How can you use urban storytelling as a tool to create impact? Which urban stories successfully created change on a policy level? This programme highlights important urban stories while at the same time looking into skills you need to share these city stories with a broad audience.
The Future of Cities
Filmmaker Oscar Boyson has made quite an impression with his short documentary The Future Of Cities (2016) in which he looks at how different cities are approaching the future in a sustainable way – focusing on issues of technology, transportation, health and history. The project is a conversation starter first, a video second. Oscar wants to keep telling urban stories and building on these ideas. Knowledge is power!
Gregory Scruggs is senior correspondent for independent journalism platform Citiscope and a specialist when it comes to covering urban issues worldwide. He is specialised in cities and culture in the Americas and previously lived and worked in Brazil. He speaks several languages and experiences the world as his home and cities as his biggest love.
The Urban Journalism Academy
Rome-based journalist Simone d’Antonio covers innovation, sustainability and urban issues. His stories appeared on Citiscope, Citylab and Guardian Cities. From a piece on how Turin is converting from a dead industrial area into an innovation hub, to an article that shines a light on how metropolitan cities are born in Italy – Simone is an experienced journalist always on the lookout for development stories. He is involved with the Urban Journalism Academy a pioneering and innovative initiative to train journalists and media professionals who are already interested or involved in urban development with reference to social and economic issues facing cities in the 21st Century.
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