Are you a journalist network or community group seeking to improve environmental reporting amidst the COVID-19 pandemic?
Are you finding ways to help the public understand how the environmental crisis and COVID-19 are closely linked?
Do you have an innovative idea for an environmental reporting project?
Pitch your idea to win a grant!
Globally, 23% of all deaths could be prevented through healthier environments, according to the World Health Organization. The COVID-19 pandemic, with its origins in the wildlife trade and the increasing pressure human societies place on natural habitats, further illustrates the urgency of humankind to address the environmental crisis.
The current COVID-19 crisis may be a preview of what’s to come with climate change and environmental destruction, but it also presents a unique opportunity for green recovery and more sustainable development. And although public awareness of environmental threats is growing, there is still a massive disconnect between the scale of the problems and the actions that are being taken to address them.
In this round of media grants, we are seeking innovative ideas from journalist networks, media organizations, civil society organizations or academic institutions throughout Asia and the Pacific that would:
• Enhance the impact of environmental reporting on topics including, but not limited to, climate change, pollution, biodiversity loss, wildlife trafficking, natural resources management, and large-scale infrastructure development;
• Trigger conversations, analysis and policy actions around the impacts of COVID-19 on climate change, biodiversity loss, air pollution and other environmental issues;
• Strengthen partnerships and networks for environmental reporting, especially for transboundary media collaboration;
• Help organizations ramp up capacity-building activities online in order to improve environmental reporting under the current pandemic-related constraints.
This round of grants is awarded as part of the Earth Journalism Network’s Asia-Pacific project, which aims to boost the quantity and quality of environmental and climate coverage in the region and empower at-risk communities by informing them about environmental issues and amplifying their voices in the media. This project has received generous financial support from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).
Proposed activities should contribute to one or more of the objectives:
• Provide quality environment and climate news and information to policymakers, at-risk communities, business communities or the general public;
• Improve the capacity of local or regional journalists and other content producers to report on environmental and climate issues in an accurate and compelling way;
• Address barriers women or other marginalized groups (youth, ethnic minorities, indigenous people and people with disabilities) facing in accessing environmental news and information, and ensure their voices are included in environmental reporting;
• Help generate positive changes in government policies, businesses environmental standards or consumer habits for a more sustainable way of life.
Grants will be given to organizations looking to implement projects with the maximum duration of one year subject to the approval of the donor. The grant amount can range between US$5,000 to US$15,000 depending on the scope of the proposed activities.
As part of EJN’s support to the grantees, the selected organizations will undertake a participatory Organizational Capacity Assessment. Based on the finding of the assessment, they may receive additional assistance to strengthen their organizational capacity.
Media organizations, journalist networks, universities and journalism institutions focusing on environmental reporting in the Asia and Pacific region are welcome to apply. Civil society organizations, community-based groups and research institutes will also be considered – but only those with strong media and communication components that are dedicated to supporting fair and accurate reporting. Please note that we will not consider applications rooted in advocacy or political campaigning.
For the purpose of this call, we will not accept applications from Australia, New Zealand and the Hawaiian Islands.
Examples of eligible activities include but are not limited to:
• Training workshops;
• Development of reporters’ resources and e-learning tools;
• Story grants for journalists;
• Mentoring of journalists;
• Special reporting projects;
• Networking and partnership activities for journalists;
• Development of new storytelling platforms;
• Establishment of a journalist network.
Deadline August 15, 2020
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