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Internews developed the Earth Journalism Network (EJN) to empower and enable journalists from developing countries to cover the environment more effectively. With a mission to improve the quantity and quality of environmental coverage and over 9,000 members from 120 countries, EJN trains journalists to cover a wide variety of topics, develops ground-breaking digital media sites, establishes networks of environmental journalists in countries where they don't exist, and builds their capacity where they do, through workshops and development of training materials, Fellowship programs, support for story production and distribution, and dispersing small grants. You can learn more about our staff, network and partners here.

Since 2004, EJN has trained over 5,000 journalists from dozens of developing countries in a wide variety of environmental issues, including climate change, biodiversity, water, environment health, and oceans and coastal resources. As a direct result of our activities, these journalists – working in print, radio, TV and online – have produced over 8,000 stories, not to mention all the environmental coverage they go on to produce afterward. Several of these stories -- in countries including China, Vietnam, India and Pakistan – have won national and international awards after uncovering scandals such as wildlife smuggling rings and illegally polluting factories.

EJN has also organized its own Earth Journalism Awards program, in which over 900 journalists from 148 countries participated, and 15 journalists were honored for producing some of the year’s best climate change stories, focusing on key related themes, and hailing from different regions of the world. We’ve partnered with other non-profits to carry out Fellowship programs to crucial events – including summits on climate change, biodiversity and water – where journalists from developing countries benefit from capacity-building activities and reporting opportunities. Finally, our online network connects hundreds of journalists from around the world with an interest in covering environmental issues.

EJN Global Staff

James Fahn, Executive Director

James Fahn is the Global Director of Internews’ Environmental Programs and the Executive Director of Internews’ Earth Journalism Network, a global community of over 8,000 reporters who cover environmental topics. A journalist who has primarily focused on environmental issues in developing countries, he is also an adjunct professor at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism, where he teaches a graduate-level class on international environmental reporting, and serves on the Engagement Committee of Future Earth, a global change research platform. James has spent the bulk of his professional career based in Thailand where he was a reporter and editor for The Nation, an English-language daily newspaper based in Bangkok, and hosted a Thai feature television show. His book, A Land on Fire, published in 2003, recounts the issues and scandals he uncovered while working on the environment beat in Southeast Asia. James has also written for the New York Times, Newsweek, The Economist, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Jakarta Post, SciDev.net, Nature.com, the Huffington Post and the Columbia Journalism Review. He managed Internews’ Burma country program for several years, was the co-founder of the Thai Society of Environmental Journalists, and worked for the Ford Foundation as a program associate in the field of environment and development. James received UNEP’s Global 500 Award for The Nation’s environment reporting, and was pinned by Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn for his service to Thailand.

 Sara Schonhardt, Content Officer

Sara Schonhardt is the Content Officer for Internews’ Earth Journalism Network. The role is effectively one of a managing editor, and Sara is responsible for editing and promoting the stories journalists produce through EJN. Sara is a former staff reporter for The Wall Street Journal in Indonesia, where she covered everything from rising Islamic conservatism to the cause and effect of devastating annual forest fires to migrant labor. She and a team of reporters won the Society of Publishers in Asia award for Excellence in Human Rights Reporting in 2015 for their work on a digitally interactive story about an Indonesian maid’s fight for justice against her abusive employer in Hong Kong. Prior to her work at the WSJ, Sara was a freelance reporter contributing to major news outlets such as The New York Times, Christian Science Monitor and Voice of America. She worked as a reporter in Southeast Asia for nearly 12 years, producing stories across media platforms and helping co-found a network in Indonesia that connected local and international reporters. In 2017 Sara reported on the impacts of climate change on women in Guatemala through a fellowship with the International Reporting Project. Most recently, she has been covering the challenges facing small towns in the American Midwest, including how farmers are responding to more extreme weather events. Sara has a degree in journalism from Ohio University and a master's degree from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.

 

Orapin Kai Intasarn, Finance and Human Resources Manager

Bio forthcoming

Stefano Wrobleski - GeoJournalism Coordinator

Stefano Wrobleski leads the technical coordination and management of EJN's GeoJournalism sites, including InfoAmazonia, where he also works as a data journalist. He writes about social and environmental issues and participated in the development and coordination of special reports platforms such as the Cartography of Attacks Against Indigenous Peoples, a mapping of indigenous people killed in the last 30 years in Brazil, and Digging into the Mining Arc, a four-month work on the issues of huge mining project in Venezuelan Amazon. Stefano is based in São Paulo, Brazil.

 

 Gabriela Christie, Senior Program Associate - Global Initiatives

Gabriela Christie works as the Senior Program Associate for Global Initiatives at Internews. In this position, she supports all of the thematic programs including environment, humanitarian, health and data journalism programs, as well as other global projects in the department. She has been at Internews since August 2015 working in various capacities. Before that, she studied at American University and majored in International Development with a focus in Latin America and two minors in both Spanish and International Business.

 

 

Charlotte Schep, Program Associate - Global Initiatives

Charlotte Schep is the Program Associate for Global Initiatives at Internews, based in London, and spends a large part of her time working with EJN as part of the new project in the Asia-Pacific region to boost environmental journalism. She will also be working with the Humanitarian team, particularly in communications for rapid response to crises. She holds an undergraduate degree in Geography and a Conservation Master’s degree from University College London. Previous to Internews, Charlotte grained work experience at conservation-focused charities and NGOs including Wildlife Conservation Society, Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust and Save the Rhino, where she worked in a variety of different roles from research to communications. Outside of work, she enjoys photography and long walks in nature.

EJN Project Staff

Joydeep Gupta, Director - The Third Pole Project

As Director of the Third Pole Project, run jointly by chinadialogue and Internews’ Earth Journalism Network, Joydeep Gupta writes and commissions articles on climate change, biodiversity, pollution and sustainable development for the bilingual environmental news website The Third Pole. He is a lead trainer at workshops for environmental journalists from South Asia and South-East Asia. Gupta covered the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, UN climate summits in Bali, Poznan, Copenhagen, Cancun, Durban, and Paris and the biodiversity summit in Nagoya. He has reported for Indo-Asian News Service, The Statesman, The Sunday Observer and Sunday Mail, and is the Vice President of the Forum of Environmental Journalists in India. For his contributions to environmental journalism, Gupta won the 2012 Green Globe Award at the Delhi Sustainable Development Summit. Joydeep teaches Development Journalism to postgraduate students at Jamia Millia Islamia University in New Delhi and holds a Masters in Environmental Economics and Environmental Management from the University of York (UK).

 Sim Kok Eng Amy, Project Manager - Asia-Pacific

Sim Kok Eng Amy is Project Manager for Internews Earth Journalism Network Asia-Pacific project. After an initial career in journalism in Singapore, Amy joined the World Bank and spent almost ten years in Indonesia developing communication outreach strategies and managing community arts programs in villages across the country. More recently, she was part of a team that piloted a problem-driven approach to improving local government capacity in service delivery. At the London-based international NGO, ARTICLE 19, she led the Asia Program and managed projects that supported freedom of expression and access to information, including working with local NGOs to exercise their right to seek environmental information and hold polluters accountable for their actions.

 Mike Shanahan, Project Manager - Biodiversity Media Initiative

Mike is a British biologist and writer whose work focuses on rainforests, climate change, biodiversity and related issues. He currently manages Internews’ Earth Journalism Network’s Biodiversity Media Initiative. Working with EJN and Panos London Mike helped co-found the Climate Change Media Partnership enabling more than 170 journalists from developing countries report on UN Climate Change Negotiations. Parallel to this, he published a book called Gods, Wasps, and Stranglers: The Secret History and Redemptive Future of Fig Trees. Mike also worked as the Press Officer for International Institute for Environment and Development where he published research and guidance on media coverage of climate change, biodiversity and pastoralism. Before this, he worked for the Environmental Justice Foundation and was the news editor of SciDev.Net. In 2005 he and his colleagues won the ‘Best Science Writing on the World Wide Web’ prize in the Association of British Science Writers Awards for their coverage of the Indian Ocean Tsunami. Mike holds a Ph.D. in rainforest ecology from the University of Leeds.

 Mona Samari, Project Manager - West Africa Fisheries Journalism Project

Bio forthcoming

 

 

 

Ramesh Bhushal, Content Coordinator - South Asia

Ramesh Bhushal is the South Asia Content Coordinator for EJN's Asia-Pacific project and he brings more than ten years of experience in environmental journalism to this role. He also serves as the Project Manager for EJN partner The Third Pole, a GeoJournalism news site that focuses on the Himalayas. Prior to joining EJN, he served as the main Environment Correspondent for The Himalayan Times, Nepal’s bestselling English daily, with stints at Republica Daily, Ujyaalo Radio and the BBC’s Nepali Service. Ramesh is currently the General Secretary for the Executive Committee of Nepal Forum of Environmental Journalists. In addition to his media work, Ramesh has also served as a climate negotiator for the Nepali government at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) from 2012 to 2014. He holds Master’s degree in Environmental Science and is an expert member of the Environment Protection Council, headed by Nepal’s Prime Minister. Ramesh is based in Kathmandu, Nepal.

 Florence Armein, Content Coordinator - Indonesia

Florence Armein is the Indonesia Content Coordinator for EJN's Asia-Pacific project where she manages Ekuatorial, a GeoJournalism site that uses geographic data and news stories to cover climate change in Indonesia. She joins EJN with over 10 years of experience in radio and television. At BeritaSatu Media Holdings, where she worked for five years, she managed a student publication, special media projects and established Indonesia’s first English news channel. Prior to her media work, Florence worked on development projects relating to judicial reform funded by MCC and USAID. Prior to joining EJN, Florence was working part-time as General Manager for Da Vinci Learning, a science and knowledge channel from Germany, and served as a Video Content Coordinator for the Indonesia Economic Forum and Indonesia Property Forum. Florence is based in Jakarta, Indonesia.

 Imelda Abaño, Content Coordinator - Philippines

Imelda Abaño is the Philippines and Pacific Content Coordinator for EJN's Asia-Pacific project. She is an award-winning Philippine environmental journalist and media trainer who has been covering climate change, energy, agriculture, biodiversity and other environmental issues for over 18 years. Abaño is the founding President of the Philippine Network of Environmental Journalists, an organization which was established in 2010 with the assistance of the EJN. As one of EJN's Council of Partners, she has led and managed various EJN activities and projects in the Philippines such as environmental reporting, training, mentorship, networking, climate change and biodiversity grants and developed mobile-based reporting. She is one of the first recipients of the Climate Change Media Partnership in 2007 and has since covered a series of United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) negotiations.

 Nantiya Tangwisutijit, Content Coordinator - Mekong Region

Nantiya Tangwisutijit is the Mekong Region Content Coordinator for EJN's Asia-Pacific project and Managing Editor of the GeoJournalism site Mekong Eye, a news and information resource that tracks environmental change in the region. She has more than three decades of experience in journalism and communications consulting. She began her career as an environmental reporter for The Nation newspaper in Bangkok, focusing extensively on development and natural resources management, before advancing to the position of Sunday Editor, then Associate Editor. She was also on the editorial team of the Asia News Network. In addition to her media experience, Nantiya has worked as the Communications Coordinator for the Stockholm Environment Institute Asia Centre, organizing media activities and implementing programs aimed at strengthening climate change adaptation planning capacities at local and national levels in Thailand, Vietnam and Nepal. More recently, she has worked as an independent communications consultant for The Asia Foundation’s river basins management program. Nantiya holds a Master’s degree in Environment and Development from the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies.

 R. Gopichandran, Project Coordinator - India

R. Gopichandran, or Gopi as he is known, holds two doctoral degrees in the fields of microbial and chemical ecology and a degree in law. He has been at the forefront of education and communication activities pertaining to ozone layer protection and technical assistance functions on cleaner production and eco-industrial development for over 29 years. Gopi is a well-known science communicator and served as the Director of Vigyan Prasar, a national institution in India engaged in science popularization.

Juthamas Sukitjanont, Program Coordinator - Asia-Pacific

Juthamas Sukitjanont (Jub) brings more than five years of experience in project development to EJN’s new Asia-Pacific project. Prior to joining Internews, she managed projects at a Thai media foundation, focusing on freedom of expression and human rights issues. She also served as an Administration and Finance Coordinator for a Child Rights program at Plan International. Jub has a Master’s degree in Communications from Chulalongkorn University and an MBA from Northern Arizona University. She is based at Internews’ office in Bangkok, Thailand.

 

 David Akana, Managing Editor - InfoCongo

David Akana is a seasoned journalist and media practitioner, with more than 15 years experience in reporting development issues in Africa. He is currently the Managing Editor of InfoCongo and a consultant for the African Network of Environmental Journalists, an organization he helped create with the support of the United Nations Environment Programme in Nairobi. His articles have appeared in Reuters, Radio France International, Ground Report and The Post Newspaper in his native Cameroon. His extensive reporting career has included interviews with high-profile personalities such as the former military ruler of Mauritania, Ely Ould Mouhamed Vall; former President of Nigeria, H.E. Olusegun Obansanjo; and the former President of Senegal, H.E. Abdoulaye Wade. He is a graduate of the Multimedia Journalism program of Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond.

 Afy Malungu, French Editor - InfoCongo

Afy Malungu is a Kinshasa (DRC)-based journalist with many years of experience in online journalism. She is currently the French editor of InfoCongo, a GeoJournalism platform focused on the Congo Basin. Afy not only leads on InfoCongo's social media platforms, but coordinates a network of experienced environmental reporters in the Central African region to produce compelling stories capturing numerous changes in the Congo Basin. She is also a social media and communication practitioner and uses her knowledge to train journalists and NGO members to master online and social media communication for advocacy. Prior to joining InfoCongo, Afy worked as an editor for several online media outlets in the DRC, and as the Senior Chief of Project for a public relations firm, where she was in charge of environmental and social communications. She holds a bachelor's degree in Journalism and a graduate degree in Organizations Communications from the Institut Facultaire des Sciences de l'Information et de la Communication (IFASIC) in Kinshasa and is very interested in staying abreast of the latest developments in this fast-changing media landscape.

 

What we do

                             

For in-depth information, please visit the EJN Programs page

 

Sponsors

The activities of the Earth Journalism Network have been funded by the Oak Foundation, the Marisla Foundation, the Arcadia Fund, the Kendeda Fund, the Robert & Michelle Friend Foundation, the Daniel K. Thorne Foundation, the Skoll Global Threats Fund, the Germeshausen Foundation, the Flora Family Foundation, the Full Circle Fund of RSF Social Finance, the Adessium Foundation, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the Heising-Simons Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Pacific American Climate Fund, the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, the Christensen Fund, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation, the V. Kann Rasmussen Foundation, the Smart Family Foundation, the European Forestry Institute, the Edgerton Family Foundation, the European Commission, the UK Department for International Development, the Swedish International Development Agency, USAID, the United Nations Foundation, CIFOR, the World Bank, the African Development Bank, the GEF, the European Commission, the Alumni Fund of the Philanthropy Workshop West at the Tides Foundation and numerous individual donors.