EJN Biodiversity Fellowships for Journalists to Cover the UN Biodiversity Conference in Montreal
Suitably qualified Journalists who are interested in attending and reporting from the UN Convention on Biological Diversity in December 2022 to Cover the UN Biodiversity Conference in Montreal are invited to apply for the EJN Biodiversity Fellowships which is fully funded.
The EJN Biodiversity Fellowships is supported by Arcadia, a charitable Foundation of Peter Baldwin and Lisbet Rausing which aims to strengthen journalists’ capacity to report on biodiversity issues and equip the public and policymakers with the right information they need to address the drivers of biodiversity loss. Applicants should ensure that their supporting documents handy because they would be asked to upload them once they start the application process.
Eligibility for the EJN Biodiversity Fellowships for Journalists to Cover the UN Biodiversity Conference in Montreal:
- Applicants must be a professional journalist from or representing an established media house and reporting from a low- or middle-income country. See list of eligible countries.
- Applicants must have previous experience reporting on environmental issues.
- Applicants must be available to arrive in Montreal by December 5, 2022 and commit to staying to cover the full two weeks of the COP and participate in fellowship activities.
- Applicants must 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.
- Applicants must 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.
Benefits of the EJN Biodiversity Fellowships for Journalists to Cover the UN Biodiversity Conference in Montreal:
- The Fellowship will cover a non refundable economy-class airfare, accommodation, meals, travel insurance, and transportation costs to participate in the fellowship.
- Organizers will also reimburse meals and other transport expenses acquired in transit, including COVID testing, facilitate the press accreditation process and provide logistical support relating to the trip.
- Eight journalists will be selected to receive resources and tools to help prepare for reporting at the conference. While in Montreal, fellows will participate in a series of specially designed activities, including an orientation session with biodiversity experts on the key issues at the COP, daily briefings and interviews with high-level officials.
- Fellows will also be mentored by the Fellowship trainers who are senior journalists with experience in covering UN summits.
- Trainers will offer valuable insight into the deliberations happening on the ground, and share feedback and guidance as needed to support Fellows’ story production.
- Fellows will also engage with their cohort and exchange ideas for effective reporting on the issues under negotiation.
Application Deadline: September 15, 2022.