The geojournalism platform InfoCongo has just launched its first call for the Feature Stories Fund. Journalists, photographers, video producers and interactive story tellers who are interested in reporting on environmental issues in the Congo Basin can submit an application until February 13. Pitches in French and English, ranging from US$ 500 up to US$ 1500 will be considered.
As part of the InfoCongo initiative, Internews’ Earth Journalism Network (EJN) has established a fund that will last for the next three years to support journalists to tell stories of the region. Two calls for stories will be opened per year to receive proposals from reporters of the countries of the Congo Basin and also professionals from other nationalities interested or already working in the region. Currently, our primary donor is the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), but we are open to receiving support from other sources to increase the amount of funds available.
InfoCongo.org is the GeoJournalism platform of EJN in Central Africa. Launched in August 2015, the initiative aims to identify local and international reporters dedicated to covering environmental issues in the region. The main focus is to show the impacts of environmental change on human lives and ecosystems. Stories about forests, water, climate change, wildlife, extractive industries, conflicts and crimes will be prioritized. As a GeoJournalism project, InfoCongo uses the techniques of geo-referenced information, mapping and data visualization to tell stories.