Urban Journalism Institute


The Urban Journalism Institute (UJI) is a platform promoting urban journalism to impact the current conversation about cities as a tool for sustainable development. This initiative is led by multidisciplinary professionals who believe building sustainable cities require well-informed citizens on sustainable urban development. Usually decisions taken by national, regional, or local governments have a long-term impact on the city’s physical form, its economic sustainability or social inclusiveness. However, focusing attention on those dynamics not only require trained journalists and committed media, but also communicators that are able to deliver effective messages on the positive impact of urban changes in local communities.

It means an effort from media, journalists, and communicators to understand how cities are planned, managed, and governed in needed. This understanding will facilitate more rigorous information to citizens about their cities and the planning of urban development.

Our Goals

To promote urban journalism among the media, the academia, professionals, and citizens to facilitate the understanding of sustainable urban development

To train journalists and professionals on urban issues to promote sustainable urban development

To provide media professionals with tools and knowledge on urban issues

What We Do

  • Training and capacity building for journalists, professionals and media officers of local authorities and institutions.
  • Leading experiences of urban storytelling involving innovators, experts of urban topics, local communities.
  • Advocacy initiatives and campaigns on urban journalism.
  • Tools and data for urban journalists and media officers.
  • Debates and initiatives on urban journalism and future of cities and urban challenges.
  • Network of urban journalists and media/communication professionals active on urban topics.