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LONDON – The Dutch National Postcode Lottery, the largest charity lottery in the Netherlands, has awarded a €500,000 grant for general support of Internews’ Earth Journalism Network (EJN). This generous contribution will help scale up the quality and quantity of environmental and climate journalism globally.
“We are thrilled to announce this partnership on the occasion of Earth Day. As the climate and environmental crisis accelerates, it is critical to support journalists and media outlets who keep policy-makers and polluters accountable, and elevate the voices of the world’s most vulnerable communities,” said James Fahn, EJN’s Executive Director. “This grant from the Dutch National Postcode Lottery will help EJN do exactly that – and allow us to deepen our support for journalists around the world.”
EJN is an initiative of Internews, an international non-profit supporting independent media in 100+ countries. EJN was formed in 2004 with the aim to improve environmental and climate news coverage worldwide. Today, the network is a community of over 15,000 journalists from more than 180 countries, with dozens of partners worldwide.
Jonne Arnoldussen (managing director Nationale Postcode Loterij): “We are very excited that, thanks to the players of the Postcode Lottery, we are able to contribute to the important mission of Earth Journalism Network. The Postcode Lottery supports charities that work towards a fair, healthy and green world. With our contribution to Internews we want to show our support and recognition of the invaluable work of the journalists in this network.”
The €500,000 award will support EJN’s core funding, plugging the gap of costs that are rarely covered by project funding – but are nonetheless vital for the success of any non-profit. “Flexible core funding is incredibly valuable for organizations that need to respond to emergencies,” said Meera Selva, CEO of Internews Europe. “This generous contribution from the Dutch National Postcode Lottery will enable us to be agile in our programming and support the communities who are suffering the hardest consequences of environmental disasters.”
More information about EJN’s work can be found at earthjournalism.net.
Internews is a nonprofit that supports independent media in 100 countries. Internews trains journalists and digital rights practitioners, tackles disinformation, and offers business expertise to help media outlets thrive financially. For 40 years, it has helped partners reach millions of people with trustworthy information that saves lives, improves livelihoods, and holds institutions accountable.