Seeding Earth Journalism Projects around the World

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Earth Journalism Network, Washington, DC

The following is an Internews EJN newsletter from February, 2012

With the launch of grants for local environmental media projects and an innovative GeoJournalism project in the Amazon, Internews' Earth Journalism Network (EJN) and its partners are developing locally responsive initiatives to cover environmental issues effectively.

New Support for Global Environmental Media

After receiving far more applications than anticipated, EJN has handed out its first five Earth Journalism grants to support small environmental media projects worldwide.

The new grants program was announced late last year, along with a call for applications. The response was even greater than expected. Altogether, EJN received 99 applications from 46 countries in Africa, Asia, Eurasia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, North Africa and North America. Read more>>

Interactive Mapping Project in the Amazon Region Begins

EJN and partner O Eco will build a new digital InfoAmazonia GeoJournalism platform over the next year. This project will create an interactive map of the Amazon basin that contains layers of information combining satellite images, news, information and multi-media reports about climate and development from both professional and citizen journalists.

Journalists based in the Amazon region, including those in the new Pan-Amazon Communicators network, will produce stories on climate, forestry and sustainable development issues and will upload GPS-tagged stories to the platform. Read more>>

Joydeep Gupta Wins Green Globe Award

Joydeep Gupta, Director of EJN's Third Pole Project, was honored at the 4th edition of The Green Globe Foundation Awards that took place at the Delhi Sustainable Development Summit (DSDS) 2012.

Joydeep was honored for “his contribution on campaigning on behalf of Mother Earth and contributing to the environmental issues through his sustained write-ups in the media.” The Green Globe Awards are given to outstanding green campaigners – people as diverse as businessmen, politicians and athletes – for their contributions to the environmental cause. Read more>>

Can Logging and Conservation Coexist?

The New York Times published a post by James Fahn, executive director of Internews' Earth Journalism Network, in itsDot Earth blog. The article focuses on a study of ecological outcomes in logged areas in Indonesia:

When it comes to deforestation, loggers have usually received the bulk of the bad press. Armed with chainsaws, they are the bogeymen typically blamed for doing away with not only our forests, but also the biodiversity which inhabits them. Full article>>