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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 8,000 members from 120 countries, EJN trains journalists to cover a wide variety of topics, develops ground-breaking digital media sties, 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 4,500 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 5,000 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.

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.

 

What we do

                             

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

 

Partner Networks and Journalists

The Earth Journalism Network’s vast and ever growing networks of committed environmental journalists span 6 continents and 70 countries.

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. These local networks often become our active partners, working with local journalists in local languages, and in most cases are self-sustaining institutions that can provide their members with capacity-building programs and the kind of clout that comes by working as a coherent group. 

Over the years, EJN has worked closely with the following organizations, among others:



The International Institute for
Environment and Development (IIED)

The Third Pole

The Forum of Environmental
Journalists of India (FEJI)

Claves 21 (Argentina)

The International Center for
Communications Development
 (China)

The Thai Society of
Environmental Journalists

The Society of Environmental
Journalists (SEJ)
 in the US

Panos (including 
regional offices)

The Philippine Network of
Environmental Journalists (PNEJ)

The Vietnam Forum of
Environmental
Journalists (VFEJ)


The Mexican Network of
Environmental Journalists
(REMPA)

The Moscow Times


The Society of Indonesian
Environmental Journalists (SIEJ)

European Youth Press

Renewable Energy & Energy
Efficiency Partnership 

O Eco (Brazil)

The Network of Climate Change
Journalists from the Greater
Horn of Africa (NECJOGHA)

The Cambodian Institute 
for 
Media Studies (CIMS)

Reseau des Journalistes pour
le Droit de l'Homme
(Central African Republic)

The International
Union for the
Conservation
of Nature (IUCN)

EnviroNews Nigeria

chinadialogue

Nawaat (Tunisia)

The Peruvian Provincial
Journalists Network

The Union of Environmental
Journalists (Sierra Leone)

Nigerian Association of
Science Journalists

Pan-Amazon
Communicators Network

The Arab Federation
of Science Journalists

   Environment News Trust

EJN is also in communication with numerous other journalist associations around the world focused on environmental issues, including groups based in the Pacific Islands, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Japan, Sweden, Uzbekistan, Ethiopia, Ghana, Namibia, Tanzania, Kenya, Burkina Faso, Zambia, Rwanda, South Sudan, Malawi and Somalia.

Regional and Country Programs

The Earth Journalism Network has in some cases had the opportunity to support an extended capacity-building program in specific countries and regions. One of our most successful past projects, for instance, took place in the Mekong region of SE Asia. Current focal areas include:

 

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.