HAkA and ACEHSATU.com are aware there are only a few reports on the environment in Aceh, especially during COVID-19 pandemic. HAkA has conducted citizen journalism training in collaboration with AcehSatu.com with a focus on reporting on environmental news in Bireuen subdistrict on 12 – 13 September 2020. The training was participated by 20 participants from villages across the Leuser Ecosystem. The training aims to increase community willingness and participation to report environmental concerns and issues in their village. The participants will be the voice of their village and can report breaking news more quickly than professional media. If managed effectively, they can be a valuable source of information for environmental campaigns and advocacy.
Since the training, the participants are given a media for them to publish their work which is called ‘Acehnesia’, a news blog under AcehSatu.com media office. Since the training, we recorded 154 articles from the training participants and published by Acehnesia. On occasion, best articles are edited and published in Acehsatu website.