Applications will be accepted from journalists working in Europe in any media format – print, radio, TV or electronic. Journalists may choose the topic, issues and angles they wish to focus on, as long as they are related to fisheries in the EU or member countries and there is a commitment from a media outlet to publish or broadcast the resulting story within the specified time frame.
With reform of the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) currently under consideration, fisheries are a timely subject in Europe. A decisive vote from the PECH committee in December 2012 has now set the scene for the upcoming parliamentary vote currently scheduled for 6th February 2013. Now is the time to report on this timely issue that is of global importance to all nations, not just those within Europe.
The Earth Journalism Network (EJN), a non-profit project that seeks to improve the quantity and quality of environmental coverage but does not take advocacy positions on specific issues, is looking to boost coverage of European fisheries during this important time period.
stories can be produced in any European language, but we do ask that
the application form below be filled out in
to the best of your ability. Criteria for selection will include the
relevance of a potential story to current European debates on
fisheries, to what extent it brings in new information and coverage,
and the size and influence of a story’s potential audience. Stories
that reach new audiences not necessarily familiar with fisheries will
be viewed with favour. In addition to working with the mainstream
media, EJN encourages pitches that include innovative ideas on how to
communicate and disseminate stories on fisheries to a wide-ranging
audience across Europe and the rest of the world, for instance ideas
that utilise social media and multi- media, will be given particular
Applicants are invited to fill out the form below to help EJN assess whether their idea is appropriate for this Fellowship. Stipends average at 950EUR each to support reporting that will be completed by the end of February 2013.
Successful applicants will be notified within 2 working days of submitting their proposal.
A letter of support from an editor or producer confirming a commitment to publish or broadcast the story will also be requested. Freelancers are welcome to apply so long as they can also provide such a support letter.
Those who receive a stipend are expected to give their full cooperation to EJN. Once their stories have been published or broadcast by a journalist’s media outlet, we request the right to share it on the EJN website and other sites, with full credit and links given to the author and original media outlet.
These stipends are being funded with the support of the Oak and Adessium foundations. However, journalists will have complete independence on what they report within the field of European fisheries. Please submit applications or questions in English to Morgan Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To download the application form, click here