Eight journalists from eight different countries are attending the IUCN World Conservation Congress being held in Jeju, Korea in early September, 2012 as part of an EJN Fellowship program. A description of each of the Fellows can be found here.
This program is aimed at working with journalists who cover agriculture and want to learn about and boost their coverage of agro-ecology and food sovereignty issues. The program is led by Jeff Rutherford, a journalism trainer who runs a farm in Chiang Mai, Thailand that seeks to operate sustainable practices. Rutherford has also written a media guide on agro-ecology issues that will be distributed to EJN journalists worldwide.
Over the seven days of the fellowship program, the participating journalists will attend the Congress, participate in capacity-building activities focused on agro-ecological themes, have contact with high-level members of civil society and academic organizations, and participate in a field trip. Stories can be found here.
This project is being carried out with support from the Christensen Fund.
Cesar Angulo is an environmental journalist based in the Northwest of Mexico, and a winner of the 2006 National Award for Biodiversity Reporting. He studied Communications at the Autonomous University of Baja California, and also persued studies in Digital Journalism and Environmental Journalism. He is currently editor and reporter for the independent website bionero.org, and works on the production of documentaries.
Gustavo Bonato writes for the Brazilian Service at Thomson Reuters, mainly on commodities, agriculture and energy issues. He has been a journalist for more than 10 years, during which time he has gained experience in agriculture, environment and global warming. He has covered international conferences on climate change and has traveled through out Brazil's vast territory to report on food production, forestry and logistics.
Brendan Borrell writes about science and the environment for Bloomberg Businessweek, Nature, Scientific American, and many other publications. He lives in Brooklyn, NY, USA.
James Fahn is the Global Director of Internews’ Environmental Programs and directs Internews’ Earth Journalism Network from Washington, D.C.. Fahn is a journalist who has primarily focused on environmental issues in developing countries. For nine years during the 1990s, Fahn was based in Thailand where he was a reporter and editor for The Nation, an English-language daily newspaper based in Bangkok, and hosted a television show.
Rina Mukherji is a senior environmental journalist based in Kolkata, India with nearly 25 years’ experience in the print and online media. Sustainable development, the environment and climate change are her special concerns. With a basic degree in the sciences, and a doctorate in African Studies, she has several academic papers on development issues to her credit.
A full-time journalist with BBC Radio in Gorno Badakhshan,Tajikistan and the chairman of Pamir Media, Alamshoex Qurbonidin has over 20 years of media experiance in Central Asia. His writing cover a diverse set of envrionmental issues from pasture preservation and mountain flora to the history and economy of the Pamir reagion.
Jeff Rutherford is an independent consultant based in Chiang Mai, Thailand, and co-founder of Fair Earth Consulting Co. His work deals with sustainable development in the Mekong Region.
Sun Yu is Chief Reporter with Environmental Protection magazine based in Beijing. She won the bronze medal prize from the UN Correspondents Association in 1998 and the China Environmental Prize in 2012.
Winston Tarere has been in the media industry for over 15 years, mainly print media with some experience in radio. Based in Fiji, he work as a freelance writer for the Vanuatu Daily Post newspaper covering political and development issues especially land policies.
Mr. Tsega works as a radio producer for Voice of America in the Horn of Africa Service. Based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, he covers various topics including environmental and agricultural issues.