Internews’ Earth Journalism Network (EJN) is pleased to announce a new fellowship for journalists in the Asia-Pacific region interested in attending – and reporting from – the UN CBD 2022, both in-person and remotely.
This fellowship opportunity is intended to enable journalists from the Asia-Pacific region to cover the UN CBD negotiations and COP15 for their home audiences.
It will help journalists increase awareness of biodiversity issues and equip the public, policymakers and corporations with the information they need to address the drivers of biodiversity loss.
This fellowship opportunity is made possible with the generous support of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).
Selected Fellows will attend the CBD negotiating session for the Global Biodiversity Framework, in-person from 21-26 June 2022 in Nairobi, Kenya. Fellows will also have the opportunity to remotely cover the proceedings of the CBD COP15, to be held in Kunming, China, in August 2022.
Applications for conference scholarships will be accepted until May 1, 2022. Decisions will be communicated before the end of May.
- Format and language of publication: Journalists may produce stories in print, online, radio or broadcast formats. Stories produced as a result of this scholarship can be in any language. They ask that Fellows provide summarizes of their stories in English and translate at least one of their stories into English so it can be shared with a wider audience.
- Acknowledgement of support: They fully respect journalists’ editorial independence, and throughout the conference journalists are free to report as they see fit. They do ask, however, that published stories and/or broadcasts disclose EJN support by including this tagline: “The journalist was awarded a fellowship by Internews’ Earth Journalism Network.”
- Republication rights: Those who are awarded grants are free to publish or broadcast stories produced as a result of the scholarship first in their affiliated media as long as Internews’ EJN, its partners and the grant funders are also given rights to edit, publish, broadcast and distribute them freely.
To be eligible for the fellowship, the applicant must:
- Be a professional journalist from or representing an established media house and reporting from the Asia-Pacific region. They especially encourage women, Indigenous journalists and early-career journalists to apply.
- Have previous experience reporting on environmental issues and clearly indicate the kinds of stories they might pursue while attending the conference.
- Commit to attending all days of both conferences (in-person in Nairobi, Kenya and remotely as negotiations unfold in Kunming, China).
- Permit copies of stories produced from the conference to be re-published on the EJN website and distributed via social media, with due credit being given to the original media outlet.
- Provide a letter of support from an editor or media outlet, committing to publish or broadcast any stories produced as a result of this fellowship. This is expected of both staffers and freelancers.
- Submit samples of their work, which can be uploaded as documents or web links. Work samples can be in any language as long as they are accompanied by a short English synopsis. Clips related to biodiversity issues are preferred.
For more information, visit https://earthjournalism.net/opportunities/in-person-and-virtual-fellowships-for-journalists-in-asia-pacific-to-cover-the-un