Deadline: 15 October 2013
Open to: journalism projects’ makers focused on environmental topics
Grant: US$50,000 to be divided among at least 5 projects
Internews Network and Internews Europe developed the Earth Journalism Network (EJN) to empower and enable journalists from developing countries to cover the environment more effectively. EJN establishes networks of environmental journalists in countries where they don’t exist, and builds their capacity where they do, through training workshops and development of training materials, support for production and distribution, and dispersing small grants.
From 2006 to 2012, we’ve trained over 2,200 journalists from dozens of developing countries in a wide variety of environmental issues, including climate change, biodiversity, water, environment health, and oceans and coastal resources. As a direct result of our activities, these journalists – working in print, radio, TV and online — have produced over 3,500 stories, not to mention all the environmental coverage they go on to produce afterwards. Several of these stories — in countries including China, Vietnam, India and Pakistan — have won national and international awards after uncovering scandals such as wildlife smuggling rings and illegally polluting factories.
The Earth Journalism Network is launching its third round of small grants to invest in strategic opportunities for media development around the world. As in previous years, these grants aim first and foremost to build the capacities of local environmental journalism networks, and thus in turn respond to the needs of the grant recipients’ local communities and environments.
EJN is predominantly focused on the developing world, where the need is often the greatest but the pool of available resources limited; however, EJN is open to proposals from anywhere. Projects aimed at building networks – existing or prospective – of environmental journalists are especially encouraged to apply. Projects that draw on innovative methods to build these networks or distribute environmental news will be viewed particularly favorably.
Projects would be 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
There are a total of US$50,000 available for the coming year to be divided among at least 5 projects.
Applicants should fill out the form using the application system and the attached simple budget sheet, and may additionally submit a brief concept note to the Earth Journalism Network to help assess the project (optional). When drafting a budget, please remind the US$50,000 to be divided.
Grantees are expected to give their full cooperation in monitoring and evaluating the results of the projects, and are encouraged to submit their own monitoring and evaluation plan along with their application. The final monitoring and evaluation plan will be agreed upon by EJN and each individual grantee.
The deadline for applications is Tuesday, October 15, 2013.
For further information please visit the official website.