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Who we are

Internews developed the Earth Journalism Network (EJN) to empower and enable journalists from developing countries to cover the environment more effectively. With a mission to improve the quantity and quality of environmental coverage and over 9,000 members from 120 countries, EJN trains journalists to cover a wide variety of topics, develops ground-breaking digital media sites, establishes networks of environmental journalists in countries where they don't exist, and builds their capacity where they do, through workshops and development of training materials, Fellowship programs, support for story production and distribution, and dispersing small grants. You can learn more about our staff, network and partners here.

Since 2004, EJN has trained over 5,000 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 8,000 stories, not to mention all the environmental coverage they go on to produce afterward. 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.

EJN has also organized its own Earth Journalism Awards program, in which over 900 journalists from 148 countries participated, and 15 journalists were honored for producing some of the year’s best climate change stories, focusing on key related themes, and hailing from different regions of the world. We’ve partnered with other non-profits to carry out Fellowship programs to crucial events – including summits on climate change, biodiversity and water – where journalists from developing countries benefit from capacity-building activities and reporting opportunities. Finally, our online network connects hundreds of journalists from around the world with an interest in covering environmental issues.

EJN Global Staff

James Fahn, Executive Director

James Fahn is the Global Director of Internews’ Environmental Programs and the Executive Director of Internews’ Earth Journalism Network, a global community of over 8,000 reporters who cover environmental topics. A journalist who has primarily focused on environmental issues in developing countries, he is also an adjunct professor at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism, where he teaches a graduate-level class on international environmental reporting, and serves on the Engagement Committee of Future Earth, a global change research platform. James has spent the bulk of his professional career based in Thailand where he was a reporter and editor for The Nation, an English-language daily newspaper based in Bangkok, and hosted a Thai feature television show. His book, A Land on Fire, published in 2003, recounts the issues and scandals he uncovered while working on the environment beat in Southeast Asia. James has also written for the New York TimesNewsweek, The Economist, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Jakarta Post, SciDev.net, Nature.com, the Huffington Post and the Columbia Journalism Review. He managed Internews’ Burma country program for several years, was the co-founder of the Thai Society of Environmental Journalists, and worked for the Ford Foundation as a program associate in the field of environment and development. James received UNEP’s Global 500 Award for The Nation’s environment reporting, and was pinned by Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn for his service to Thailand. 

 Maggie Mazzetti, Program Manager

Maggie is the Program Manager for Internews’ Earth Journalism Network. Maggie is a former producer and assignments manager for Associated Press Television, where she covered major humanitarian crises including Typhoon Haiyan, military conflicts in eastern Ukraine and the Gaza Strip, and the plight of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar. She also field produced a longer form piece that focused on innovative efforts by local officials to control invasive catfish species overwhelming the natural ecosystem of the Chesapeake Bay. Prior to working at AP, Maggie was an assignment editor for CNN, where she and her team won a Peabody award for their coverage of the 2008 U.S. presidential elections. At CNN, Maggie also field produced stories for CNN’s Impact Your World in Sri Lanka and Indonesia. Maggie holds an M.A. in International Relations with a focus on energy and resources from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). As a student, she published a paper with the U.S.-Korea Institute analyzing then-President Lee Myung Bak’s national strategy for green growth.

Orapin Kai Intasarn, Finance and Human Resources Manager

Bio forthcoming

Gabriela Christie, Senior Program Associate - Global Initiatives

Gabriela Christie works as the Senior Program Associate for Global Initiatives at Internews. In this position, she supports all of the thematic programs including environment, humanitarian, health and data journalism programs, as well as other global projects in the department. She has been at Internews since August 2015 working in various capacities. Before that, she studied at American University and majored in International Development with a focus in Latin America and two minors in both Spanish and International Business.

 

 

Charlotte Schep, Program Associate - Global Initiatives

Charlotte Schep is the Program Associate for Global Initiatives at Internews, based in London, and spends a large part of her time working with EJN as part of the new project in the Asia-Pacific region to boost environmental journalism. She will also be working with the Humanitarian team, particularly in communications for rapid response to crises. She holds an undergraduate degree in Geography and a Conservation Master’s degree from University College London. Previous to Internews, Charlotte grained work experience at conservation-focused charities and NGOs including Wildlife Conservation Society, Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust and Save the Rhino, where she worked in a variety of different roles from research to communications. Outside of work she enjoys photography and long walks in nature. 

 

EJN Project Staff

Joydeep Gupta, Director - The Third Pole Project

As Director of the Third Pole Project, run jointly by chinadialogue and Internews’ Earth Journalism Network, Joydeep Gupta writes and commissions articles on climate change, biodiversity, pollution and sustainable development for the bilingual environmental news website The Third Pole. He is a lead trainer at workshops for environmental journalists from South Asia and South-East Asia. Gupta covered the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, UN climate summits in Bali, Poznan, Copenhagen, Cancun, Durban, and Paris and the biodiversity summit in Nagoya. He has reported for Indo-Asian News Service, The Statesman, The Sunday Observer and Sunday Mail, and is the Vice President of the Forum of Environmental Journalists in India. For his contributions to environmental journalism, Gupta won the 2012 Green Globe Award at the Delhi Sustainable Development Summit. Joydeep teaches Development Journalism to postgraduate students at Jamia Millia Islamia University in New Delhi and holds a Masters in Environmental Economics and Environmental Management from the University of York (UK).

Sim Kok Eng Amy, Project Manager - Asia-Pacific

Sim Kok Eng Amy is Project Manager for Internews Earth Journalism Network Asia-Pacific project. After an initial career in journalism in Singapore, Amy joined the World Bank and spent almost ten years in Indonesia developing communication outreach strategies and managing community arts programs in villages across the country. More recently, she was part of a team that piloted a problem-driven approach to improving local government capacity in service delivery. At the London-based international NGO, ARTICLE 19, she led the Asia Program and managed projects that supported freedom of expression and access to information, including working with local NGOs to exercise their right to seek environmental information and hold polluters accountable for their actions.

 

Mike Shanahan, Project Manager - Biodiversity Media Initiative

Mike is a British biologist and writer whose work focuses on rainforests, climate change, biodiversity and related issues. He currently manages Internews’ Earth Journalism Network’s Biodiversity Media Initiative. Working with EJN and Panos London Mike helped co-found the Climate Change Media Partnership enabling more than 170 journalists from developing countries report on UN Climate Change Negotiations. Parallel to this, he published a book called Gods, Wasps, and Stranglers: The Secret History and Redemptive Future of Fig Trees. Mike also worked as the Press Officer for International Institute for Environment and Development where he published research and guidance on media coverage of climate change, biodiversity and pastoralism. Before this, he worked for the Environmental Justice Foundation and was the news editor of SciDev.Net. In 2005 he and his colleagues won the ‘Best Science Writing on the World Wide Web’ prize in the Association of British Science Writers Awards for their coverage of the Indian Ocean Tsunami. Mike holds a Ph.D. in rainforest ecology from the University of Leeds.

Mona Samari, Project Manager - West Africa Fisheries Journalism Project

Bio forthcoming

 

 

 

 

Ramesh Bhushal, Content Coordinator - South Asia

Ramesh Bhushal is the South Asia Content Coordinator for EJN's Asia-Pacific project and he brings more than ten years of experience in environmental journalism to this role. He also serves as the Project Manager for EJN partner The Third Pole, a GeoJournalism news site that focuses on the Himalayas. Prior to joining EJN, he served as the main Environment Correspondent for The Himalayan Times, Nepal’s bestselling English daily, with stints at Republica Daily, Ujyaalo Radio and the BBC’s Nepali Service. Ramesh is currently the General Secretary for the Executive Committee of Nepal Forum of Environmental Journalists. In addition to his media work, Ramesh has also served as a climate negotiator for the Nepali government at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) from 2012 to 2014. He holds Master’s degree in Environmental Science and is an expert member of the Environment Protection Council, headed by Nepal’s Prime Minister. Ramesh is based in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Florence Armein, Content Coordinator - Indonesia

Florence Armein is the Indonesia Content Coordinator for EJN's Asia-Pacific project where she manages Ekuatorial, a GeoJournalism site that uses geographic data and news stories to cover climate change in Indonesia. She joins EJN with over 10 years of experience in radio and television. At BeritaSatu Media Holdings, where she worked for five years, she managed a student publication, special media projects and established Indonesia’s first English news channel. Prior to her media work, Florence worked on development projects relating to judicial reform funded by MCC and USAID. Prior to joining EJN, Florence was working part-time as General Manager for Da Vinci Learning, a science and knowledge channel from Germany, and served as a Video Content Coordinator for the Indonesia Economic Forum and Indonesia Property Forum. Florence will be based in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Imelda Abano, Content Coordinator - Philippines

Bio forthcoming

 

 

 

Nantiya Tangwisutijit, Content Coordinator - Mekong Region

Nantiya Tangwisutijit is the Mekong Region Content Coordinator for EJN's Asia-Pacific project and Managing Editor of the GeoJournalism site Mekong Eye, a news and information resource that tracks environmental change in the region. She has more than three decades of experience in journalism and communications consulting. She began her career as an environmental reporter for The Nation newspaper in Bangkok, focusing extensively on development and natural resources management, before advancing to the position of Sunday Editor, then Associate Editor. She was also on the editorial team of the Asia News Network. In addition to her media experience, Nantiya has worked as the Communications Coordinator for the Stockholm Environment Institute Asia Centre, organizing media activities and implementing programs aimed at strengthening climate change adaptation planning capacities at local and national levels in Thailand, Vietnam and Nepal. More recently, she has worked as an independent communications consultant for The Asia Foundation’s river basins management program. Nantiya holds a Master’s degree in Environment and Development from the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies.  

Zobaidur Rahman, Project Coordinator, Bangladesh 

Zobaidur (Soeb) Rahman is the Project Coordinator for EJN's Bay of Bengal Climate Resiliency Initiative, based in Dhaka. With over a decade of experience in media and communications, he began his career working as a journalist and has reported on everything from the environment to foreign affairs. Since then, he has worked for a number of notable international organizations and non-profits, including the United Nations Development Programm (UNDP), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and his current role as the Media and Communications Officer for Oxfam. He is the co-author of Rivers beyond Borders: an atlas of India-Bangladesh trans-boundary rivers. In his free time, he enjoys singing and draws his inspiration from the musical traditions of the sub-continent.

 

R. Gopichandran, Project Coordinator - India

Bio forthcoming

Juthamas Sukitjanont, Program Coordinator - Asia-Pacific

Juthamas Sukitjanont (Jub) brings more than five years of experience in project development to EJN’s new Asia-Pacific project. Prior to joining Internews, she managed projects at a Thai media foundation, focusing on freedom of expression and human rights issues. She also served as an Administration and Finance Coordinator for a Child Rights program at Plan International. Jub has a Master’s degree in Communications from Chulalongkorn University and an MBA from Northern Arizona University. She will be based at Internews’ office in Bangkok, Thailand.  

 

David Akana, Managing Editor - InfoCongo

Bio forthcoming

 

 

 

 

Afy Malungu, French Editor - InfoCongo

Bio forthcoming

 

 

 

 

 

 

What we do

                             

For in-depth information, please visit the EJN Programs page

 

Sponsors

The activities of the Earth Journalism Network have been funded by the Oak Foundation, the Marisla Foundation, the Arcadia Fund, the Kendeda Fund, the Robert & Michelle Friend Foundation, the Daniel K. Thorne Foundation, the Skoll Global Threats Fund, the Germeshausen Foundation, the Flora Family Foundation, the Full Circle Fund of RSF Social Finance, the Adessium Foundation, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the Heising-Simons Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Pacific American Climate Fund, the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, the Christensen Fund, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation, the V. Kann Rasmussen Foundation, the Smart Family Foundation, the European Forestry Institute, the Edgerton Family Foundation, the European Commission, the UK Department for International Development, the Swedish International Development Agency, USAID, the United Nations Foundation, CIFOR, the World Bank, the African Development Bank, the GEF, the European Commission, the Alumni Fund of the Philanthropy Workshop West at the Tides Foundation and numerous individual donors.