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New Chances to Report, Build Environmental Journalism Skills from EJN

February 4, 2020

Reporting opportunities abound this year at the Earth Journalism Network (EJN), with several grants currently open for application and a series of upcoming media workshops and Fellowships on offer.

Journalists based around the Bay of Bengal can now apply for funding to report on critical climate-change issues in the region and the responses they’re sparking. The grants will support the production of in-depth stories tied to resilience and climate change adaptation, particularly among people or groups most at risk from global warming.

Among the questions we’re hoping applicants will consider are how early-warning systems and disaster mitigation are being adapted; how planting techniques and seed varieties are being made more resilient; and how people who have migrated to avoid climate change’s effects are adjusting. Visit our call for proposals to learn more and apply before the Feb. 21 deadline.

Our East Africa Wildlife Journalism project is also offering grants to 10 journalists from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda to report on issues related to wildlife trafficking, conservation and protection efforts. Ideas should consider what new approaches are being developed or utilized to combat wildlife crime and poaching; how courts, the judiciary and law enforcement deal with these crimes; and the role policies or female champions and experts play in promoting conservation or adaptation. The deadline is Feb. 15.

Finally, our ongoing call for investigative story proposals for the Asia-Pacific region remains open, with our next round of judging schedule for March 31st.

India-based reporters seeking to expand their skills can apply for a media workshop on climate change justice and resilience around the Bay of Bengal, with a special focus on women and youth. The workshop will be held in Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh, from March 12-13, but the deadline to join is coming up quickly.

Journalists in the wider Indian Ocean region have until Feb. 28 to apply for a three-day marine science workshop to be held in the Maldives in June. The training will help attendees gain a better understanding of marine issues and how to report on them.

And coming later this month EJN will begin receiving applications from journalists interested in covering the upcoming UN Ocean Conference in Lisbon, Portugal in June 2020. We are particularly interested in hearing from applicants from Portuguese-speaking countries. Continue to visit our website or follow us on social media for the latest.

(Banner photo: View of Kilimanjaro from Amboseli National Park, Kenya.Credit: Sergey Pesterev on Unsplash)