Biodiversity Media Grants

The Earth Journalism Network’s biodiversity media grants are one of three components of our three-year Biodiversity Media Initiative, which aims to support media reporting on threats to wild species and novel conservation approaches.

The biodiversity media grants will support projects that:

  • Build the capacity of journalism networks and media organizations to report on biodiversity and conservation issues
  • Carry out biodiversity and/or conservation training activities for journalists
  • Build internal capacity
  • Organize local networks around these issues

The Biodiversity Media Initiative runs from 2016-2018 and is funded by Arcadia — a charitable fund of Peter Baldwin and Lisbet Rausing.

So far the biodiversity media grants have supported the following projects:

  • In Bolivia — Eduardo Franco Berton of the online news site LA REGION — used the funds to establish the country’s first network of environmental journalists, train its founding members, set up a website and organise field visits to two protected areas.
  • In South Africa, the South African Science Journalists’ Association (SASJA) developed a workshop series to strengthen the knowledge and networks of journalists reporting on biodiversity and conservation.
  • In Georgia — the Environmental Information and Education Center (EIEC) — used the funds to train journalists, produce a guidebook on environment journalism and establish a new network of journalists.
  • In Guinea-Bissau, EJN’s grantee VAC (Volunteers for Community Action) strengthened reporting of biodiversity issues by holding a workshop for 21 journalists, organising a national competition and establishing the country’s first network of environment journalists.
  • In Ecuador, the Asociación Latinoamericana de Educación Radiofónica (ALER) used its grant to strengthen the Pan-Amazonian Network of Communication, by training journalists in biodiversity issues and producing content for 46 radio stations to broadcast.
  • In Indonesia, the Society of Indonesian Environmental Journalists, is using its grant to develop a biodiversity-focused section of the com website and to develop a biodiversity reporting programme, which funds journalists to produce in-depth stories for syndication to Indonesian and international media outlets.
  • In Mexico, the funds were used to revitalise REMPA, the Mexican network of environmental journalists, strengthening its capacity to improve reporting of biodiversity and conservation issues.

The Earth Journalism Network will publicize future biodiversity media grant opportunities here.

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