After reviewing well over 100 applications, Internews’ Earth Journalism Network (EJN) is funding five projects focused on building and strengthening networks of environmental journalists in Argentina, Central African Republic, India, Philippines, and Tunisia.
- In Argentina, Claves21, an environmental news site, is uniting environmental journalists with new media specialists to develop a series of Spanish language training materials on how to integrate Web 2.0 tools - multimedia storytelling, crowd-sourced data collection, and mapping - into environmental reporting.
- The Réseau des Journalistes pour le Droit de l’Homme en République Centrafricaine (Network of Journalists for Human Rights in the Central African Republic) is holding a series of workshops focused on environmental topics relevant to the Central African Republic (CAR), such as the connections between climate, agriculture and food security and exploring the relationships between conflict and environmental degradation. The stories generated from the trainings will be distributed to a network of 15 radio stations throughout CAR and on the organization’s website in a new environmental reporting section.
- The Third Pole Project will work to create new networks of environmental journalists throughout Central and South Asia as part of an on-going project to connect journalists across the region and provide information on environmental change in Asia's mountain regions.
- The Philippine Network of Environmental Journalists is building a SMS-based news service that connects hyper-local reports on environmental issues and disaster events to a national audience. The project includes the development of a new website and trainings held with local journalists and their audiences.
- In Tunisia, a new environmental reporting network will be created through multiple mechanisms, including workshops, sponsoring members of the network to report from international environmental conferences, and working partnerships with fellow environmental journalists in other countries on the Mediterranean. To house the stories written by network members, this project will also set up an environmental news section of NAWAAT, an independent collective blog that aggregates media from a variety of sources to provide a forum for citizen journalists.
Projects were selected if they included one or more of the following:
- Creation of a new network for environmental journalism
- Training journalists in environmental topics
- Innovative approaches to environmental reporting
- Increasing the number of media outlets that include environmental news sections
- Adopting regional approaches to network development