A group of 30 journalists that includes editors, trainers and staff from 20 countries will report on the negotiations of the June UN Conference on Sustainable Development in Brazil, Rio+20. Over 10 days, the journalists will participate in a training program on the main themes of the international meeting and have contact with sources of government, civil society and multilateral organizations.
The fellowship program is a collaboration between of the Brazilian environmental reporting organization O Eco and Internews, an international non-profit organization which empowers local media worldwide. Fellows hail from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Belgium, Bhutan, China, Colombia, Denmark, Ecuador, Spain, the United States, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Montenegro, Nigeria, Kenya, Paraguay, Peru and Serbia.
The project is supported by Fundo Vale, a Brazilian foundation dedicated to nature conservation projects. Additional support has been provided by the Botza Foundation, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and an anonymous donor to Internews.
Armsfree Ajanaku is a features writer with The Guardian Newspapers in Nigeria. He was CCMP fellow at the Durban climate talks in 2011. He is also a Panos London journalist and has participated in the Linking Southern Journalists with European Media Project.
Based in New Delhi, Ketki Angre works with NDTV Ltd. as Senior Special Correspondent. Her work includes stories on agriculture distress, wildlife protection, controversies surrounding thermal and nuclear power plants, illegal mining and contentious land acquisition issues. She enjoys travelling.
Bobby Bascomb has been a producer for the U.S. public radio program Living on Earth since 2006. Her reporting focuses on the complicated relationship between human development and environmental conservation. Bobby collaborated on a series of stories about deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon. She recently received a Pulitzer grant to report from Senegal.
Peter has a background in sociology and having worked as Press Attaché during the COP15 summit and later as a Climate Analyst, he has a keen interest in green growth and sustainability. He also loves coffee.
J. Walberto Caballero is an environmental journalist with the newspaper ABC Color in Asuncion, Paraguay. He holds a Masters of Environment and Natural Resources from University of Santiago de Compostela in Spain and is member of the Environmental Communication Network Latin America and the Caribbean (REDCALC).
Carlos is a Spanish environmental journalist who has worked over this past year in collaboration with EFEverde, EFE's environmental platform. He has won multiple environmental journalism awards and has covered various international environmental summits.
Based in Colombia and specializing in health, environment and science writing, Pablo has eight years of experience in media. He is a reporter and editor for the Living section of the newspaper El Espectador and is a contributor to the magazine QUO Mexico, specializing in science reporting,
A journalist and expert in Environmental Management, the Brazil based Ely serves as a reporter at Zero Hora newspaper. She is currently researching social networks and sustainability as a part of her Masters study in Social Communication at PUC RS. She was the presenter of TV show Organic Life on Record TV, and worked as a economics and accounting reported in the Journal of Commerce.
A Brazilian journalist with a Master in Development and Environment, Maristela is a special reporter and editor for the Journal of the Northeast; responsible for the Environmental Management page published weekly on the Business Environmental Management blog. She is also a member of the Brazilian Network of Environmental Journalists and a professor of Specialization in Environmental Management (Unifor).
Flavia Moraes is special collaborator with O Eco in Brazil. She is a journalist graduated by Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS). Her interest in environmental issues and climate led to a new graduate study in geography and a staff position at the Laboratory of Climatology at UFRGS.
Tashi Dorji is the Editor/CEO of Business Bhutan, Bhutan’s only business paper. At the recent Asia-Pacific Adaptation Forum in Bangkok in March 2012, he was accredited for writing one of the best five media reports on climate change adaption.
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.
Gustavo Faleiros, works on different projects with O Eco as a Knight International Fellow of the International Center for Journalists. As a reporter, he has covered multiple environmental summits as the climate negotiations in Copenhagen, 2009, and the World Conservation Congress, in Barcelona, 2008. Gustavo holds a degree in journalism from Catholic University of São Paulo (PUC) and a Masters on Environment, Politics and Globalization from the King´s College London
Lidija Grozdanić was born in Nikšić, Montenegro. After finishing high-school she enrolled at the Faculty of Architecture in Belgrade, Serbia, from which she graduated in 2010. Since then, she has worked as an architect and designer, participating in various domestic and international competitions. She has also participated in the making of several award winning short feature films. Since 2010, she has also been working as a journalist and book editor, writing about architectural projects with strong emphasis on sustainability.
The India-based director of the Third Pole Project run jointly by chinadialogue and the Internews Earth Journalism Network, Joydeep Gupta writes on climate change, biodiversity, pollution and sustainable development. He also trains environmental journalists. For his contributions to environmental journalism, Joydeep won the 2012 Green Globe Award at the Delhi Sustainable Development Summit organized by The Energy and Resources Institute.
Hongxiang Huang is a US-based freelance writer currently a MPA in Development Practice student at Columbia University in New York. In 2012 he spent two months investigating Chinese state-owned mining, oil companies' environmental and human rights conflicts in Ecuador and published it on Southern Weekly, resulting in Shanghai Stock Exchange Center's intervention.
Sanja Jovanović is an environmental reporter, blogger, trainer and activist. She has been reporting about environmental issues for four years and working as a consultant and trainer in this field for three years. Always busy working with NGO`s, political parties and journalists in helping them create a sustainable world. Over the years she specialized in climate change and sustainable development. She was the only Serbian journalist to report on a daily basis from COP15 in 2009.
A political consultant, journalist and analyst with an expertise in environmental, human rights and armed conflict issues; Marquez currently writes for the newspaper El Universal in Mexico and has been a lecturer since 1996 in multiple countries, mainly in Europe, Africa and Asia.
A Chilean journalist based in Ecuador, Rocío is editor and radio host of Multimedios 106. She has worked as a journalistic writing teacher, public relations officer and investigative reporter. She has participated in many environment international conferences and radio, technology and economics workshops.
Aoife O'Grady is a journalist originally from Ireland but currently based in Brussels. She has been working in journalism/communications for five years or so (reporting for regional newspaper, editor for NGO Peace Child International, comms internship at Greenpeace, Secretary General for EYP and now writing for Shift Mag). Aoife is passionately interested in environmental journalism and RIO+20 will be her first experience of a high-level UN conference. She very much looks forward to reporting and learning!
Andrew Ochieng is a Kenyan Journalist, working with Citizen TV. He loves telling human interest stories that impact people's lives and change them towards modernity and contributing to the realization of Kenya's development vision. He has studied Journalism at the United States International University, Africa and is currently pursuing a Masters in communication studies.
Carmen Paun is a Projects & Funding Officer of the European Youth Press, an organisation for young journalists in Europe. She is also a freelance journalist covering European Union regulatory affairs from Brussels, Belgium, for International News Services. A Journalism and Public Relations graduate, Carmen has developed numerous projects and events that brought professional opportunities to thousands of young journalists. Her articles and multimedia materials have been published in numerous print and online media outlets in Europe and North America.
Eduardo Pegurier is the editor of website O Eco. He is a professor of journalism at PUC-Rio and holds a Masters in economics from George Mason University. He joined the team O Eco as an environmental economics columnist and has helped to create a project on cities for the site.
A journalist with a Masters in Higher Education, Guido Sanchez Santur has worked with the newspapers Correo and El Tiempo. Since 1993, he has written for La Industria in Trujillo. He is an award winning photographer, journalism professor, and author of Beyond the Destinations.
Willie Shubert has spent the last two and a half years as the coordinator of National Geographic Magazine’s International Editions were he was responsible for maintaining the accuracy and quality of the magazine’s translations. He has recently joined Internews' Earth Journalism Network as the Program Coordinator. He has a degree in geography from Humboldt State University with concentrations in Economics, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and Chinese.
Erich Sommerfeldt, Ph.D., is an an assistant professor in the Department of Communication at The University of Maryland-College Park. A communications specialist, he has extensive experience in the design, implementation and evaluation of various forms of organizational communication, as well as monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of international development projects. He has evaluated and overhauled communication programs for academic and business institutions, as well as overseen their communication, media, and public relations practices.
An environmental communications graduate from Universidad Autónoma Gabriel René Moreno in Bolivia, Giovanny has 12 years of experience in the environmental field working with NGOs in protected areas in Bolivia. He loves to develop and apply new technologies of communication and journalism and is member of the Commission on Education and Communication of IUCN.
Lucas Viano studied Social Communication at the Universidad Nacional de Córdoba (UNC). He is a journalist at La Voz del Interior newspaper of Cordoba, Argentina where he writes about science and the environment. Lucas was a fellow in the 6th edition of Jack Ealy's Workshop on Science Journalism in 2009.
An environment journalist with NewsChina Magazine, an English periodical with subscribers from China, Canada, the United States and a dozen of other countries. Her indepth reporting on environment-related issues have won national awards a few times.
Kenneth R. Weiss, a Pulitzer Prize-winning staff writer for the Los Angeles Times since 1990, focuses his coverage on conservation and public health issues. He was the lead writer of a five-day series in 2006, www.latimes.com/oceans, which brought some attention to the plight of the oceans and won a few awards. The Altered Oceans series showed how the slow creep of environmental decay often has a more profound impact than cataclysmic natural disasters.