Urban Journalism Academy

The Urban Journalism Academy (UJA) is a pioneering and innovative UN-Habitat initiative to further the knowledge and understanding of international and national journalists and media professionals of the social, economic and economic issues facing cities in the twenty-first century. The UJA series started in 2014 to follow up the elaboration process of the New Urban Agenda. Within that period, over 24 academies have been held all over the world and more than 1,000 journalists were trained. The UJA at WUF9 aims at contributing to the diffusion of a new urban narrative, sharing concrete tools for urban reporting and examples of coverage in cities which are implementing the New Urban Agenda.


  1. To strengthen journalists’ and media professionals’ capacity to analyse the overall process of urbanization by sharing with them substantive knowledge about the main issues of planning and management of cities, as well as by providing them technical expertise in gathering and examining urban data and indicators.
  2. To share outstanding experiences of communication for development in urban contexts as well as a selection of interesting examples of sustainable urban transformation projects.
  3. To make urban development issues and challenges clear and accessible to the general public, beyond the professionals, researchers and public authorities, bringing the urban debate closer to the average citizen.


An Urban Journalism Academy will be held during WUF9 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, 10 February, at the Media Centre ont he 3rd Floor of KLCC.

Find the programme here.

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