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Frequently Asked Questions

EJN and our programs

How do I become a member of the Earth Journalism Network? What are the benefits of membership?

Anyone can become a member of EJN by making an account on our website. Membership is free. To join the network, click on the “Log in” button in the top right of the website, near the search bar. When you reach the next page, look to the bottom where it says, "Don't have an account? Sign up."

The primary benefit of EJN membership for journalists and media professionals is access to our funding and training opportunities. Unless you are a member of EJN, you are not eligible to apply. Additionally, EJN members are the first to hear about new opportunities, events and programs. Please note: Information you submit at the time of registering is not visible to other members. If you are awarded a grant by EJN, you may be asked to submit a public bio, which can be viewed by others.

From where does EJN receive funding?

EJN receives funding from many different foundations, private sector organizations, governments and non-governmental organizations around the world. We gratefully acknowledge our donors for their generous support of our mission to improve the quality and quantity of environmental journalism around the world. 

What is the relationship between EJN and Internews?

EJN is a part of Internews, and as Internews’ flagship environmental project, we work to improve the quantity and quality of environmental and climate reporting around the world. Internews is an international media support nonprofit that believes everyone deserves trustworthy news and information to make informed decisions about their lives and hold power to account. Internews operates in more than 100 countries to confront propaganda and corruption, protect a free and open internet, educate citizens on media and data literacy, and strengthen health and environmental systems. You can read more on the Internews website

How can I work for EJN or Internews?

All of our open job postings are listed on Internews’ career page. We are not able to consider resumes sent over email.  

I am doing a university or research project and I want to interview someone from EJN.

We are happy to consider interview requests for school, university or research projects. However, depending on the timing and subject matter, we cannot guarantee that we can accommodate all requests. Please send your query through the contact form with a detailed description of your project, the type of expertise you are seeking and the deadline to complete the interview and we will reply within two business days.  

I would like to partner with EJN and/or have funding available to support programming.

We welcome all proposals for partnerships or collaborations with other organizations. Please send your query through the contact form with a detailed description of your proposal, including whether your organization has funds available. We will reply within two business days. 

I am looking for an expert speaker for an event and would like to invite someone from EJN.

EJN would love to suggest speakers from our network for your event. Please send your query through the contact form with a detailed description of your event, the type of expertise you are seeking and the logistical details, including whether it is in-person or virtual. We will reply within two business days. 

Our opportunities

I want to request funding or pitch EJN about a project or story. How do I submit my proposal?

Due to the volume of applications we receive, EJN does not accept unsolicited requests for funding or story pitches. The only way to submit a request for funding or a story pitch to us is if it meets the criteria of any of our currently listed opportunities. Any pitches or proposals submitted through email will not be accepted. 

Are journalists from around the world eligible to apply for any EJN opportunity?

EJN operates global, regional and local projects depending on our project needs and funding availability. Some projects are only focused on certain countries or regions, and some on specific topics. EJN cannot make exceptions to our opportunities’ geographic or thematic eligibility criteria, so please make sure to check the geographic eligibility for the specific opportunity you are interested in before you apply.   

What criteria do you use to review grant applications?

Each opportunity has its own criteria depending on project needs and scope, and these are typically outlined in the call for applications. However, we do have some that are generally followed across story and organizational grant programs:

  • Relevance: Does the proposal meet the criteria and objectives laid out in the application?
  • Capacity: Have you demonstrated that you have sufficient experience to carry out the project as proposed?  
  • Angle: How is your pitch or proposal new or innovative? Does your proposal bring new insights to the topic or offer a fresh angle?
  • Impact: Does the proposal have a compelling narrative or investigative element that will inform and engage, draw attention, trigger debate and urge action? 
  • Innovation: The use of creative approaches to project design or multimedia will be considered a plus.
  • Cost: Is the proposal financially viable and sufficiently ambitious (and not too ambitious)? Have all costs been considered and accounted for? 
  • Timeliness: Can the proposal be completed within the timeframe allocated? Have all potential delays been explained and solutions proposed? 
  • Geography: Geographical distribution will be considered for the selection of grantees to ensure a diverse cohort. 
What criteria do you use to review training applications?

While each opportunity has its own criteria depending on project needs and scope, we do have some that are generally followed across workshop and fellowship programs:

  • Relevance: Does the applicant demonstrate interest and experience relevant to the criteria and objectives laid out in the application?
  • Impact: Does the applicant demonstrate that the training experience or fellowship would significantly and positively impact their knowledge and future work? 
  • Preparation: Has the applicant sufficiently researched and prepared for the opportunity?
  • Geography: Geographical distribution will be considered for the selection of grantees to ensure a diverse cohort. 
What is a letter of support and why do I need one? Can I submit more than one? Can I submit an LOS after the application deadline if I wasn’t able to acquire one in time?

A letter of support is a signed document from an editor or other supervisor at a media outlet. Letters of support must contain an explicit commitment to publish, stating that the media outlet will publish any stories produced as a result of the grant, workshop or fellowship opportunity and/or that they are giving the applicant leave to complete the project or attend the program. We require letters of support from both freelancers and staffers at media outlets in order to confirm that editors are aware their reporters are seeking grant support and to ensure the outputs of our support are published widely. 

Journalists are free to submit more than one letter of support, though only one is required. However, multiple letters may increase the strength of the application, as it demonstrates the journalist’s work will be widely published. 

If you are not able to acquire a letter of support before the application deadline, you may reach out to us via the contact form once you receive it. However, each judging process is different, and we cannot guarantee that we will be able to accept late letters for every opportunity.  

How does the judging process work?

EJN convenes panels of judges from all over the world who have expertise in the relevant topic(s) and/or region(s). Each application is independently reviewed and given a score. The highest scoring applicants are interviewed by a member of the judging panel, and the results of the interviews are used to determine the final grant recipients. In some cases, we will select workshop attendees without interviews.  

Can I get feedback on my application?

Due to the volume of applications we receive, we are unable to provide feedback on individual applications. Finalists who are shortlisted for an interview process are able to request feedback from their interviewer if desired.  

When will I find out the result of my application?

Each judging process is different, but we generally aim to notify all applicants of the results within a month of the deadline. All applicants will receive an email regarding the status of their application. Please note some processes may take longer than others, particularly if there is a high volume of applications.  

What happens after I receive a grant? What should I expect?

After applicants are notified that their application was successful, they will proceed through our onboarding process with a member of EJN staff. This process includes registering in our system to receive payments and developing a story plan in collaboration with an assigned mentor. Our support is two-pronged: We provide both funding and editorial guidance to our grantees, and so each grant recipient is assigned a journalist mentor. The mentor will advise the grantee throughout the length of the process and share editorial feedback. Once published, the grantee and mentor will work with the EJN team to republish their work on the EJN website.  

How does EJN handle copyright and usage rights with its grantees?

For most projects, grantees and their media outlets retain full copyright ownership over the materials produced as a result of EJN’s support. However, EJN, Internews and its funders and partners are given usage rights in order to republish and promote the work on our own channels. We do edit stories for length and clarity when we republish them on EJN’s website. For some select projects that operate under a Creative Commons license, grantees will be made fully aware of the requirements.  

Technical support

I’m having trouble making an account on the EJN website.

Please use these instructions to make an account. 

  1. Click the 'Log in' button at the top of our website, next to the search bar. 
  2. At the bottom of the next screen, click 'Sign up.'
  3. Fill out your information in the fields provided. 
  4. Once you submit, you will receive an email asking you to verify your email address. Click the link in the email, which will take you back to our website. 
  5. Now, click the 'Log in' button again and enter your email and password.
  6. You are now able to apply for our grant opportunities via the Opportunities page.

If you are still having trouble, consider these solutions: 

  • If when you attempt to submit your information, the page reloads and deletes your information, please ensure you are not using an automatic translation extension or device on the webpage. If you are, disable it and try again.
  • If you are attempting to sign up and receive an error that states, “We’re sorry, something went wrong when attempting to sign up,” this means there is already an account associated with your email address. Go to “Log in” and choose “Don’t remember your password?” to reset your password and gain access to your account. 
  • If you have successfully signed up but have not received your verification email, please ensure you have typed your email address into our website correctly and checked your spam folder. 
  • If you have received the verification email but the link to verify returns an error, too much time may have passed and the link may no longer be valid. You may need to return to the EJN website and resubmit your information.  

If you are still experiencing challenges after attempting these solutions and following the instructions, you may reach out using the contact form below. You can expect a response within two business days. 

 

I’m having trouble applying for an opportunity and/or I don’t know how to register.

Consider the following solutions if you are having challenges applying. If your issue is not represented here or elsewhere in our FAQ, please reach out using the contact form at least two business days before the application deadline to ensure we can help you. 

  • If you are not logged into the EJN website, you will not be able to apply for an opportunity. Use the 'Log in' button in the top right of our website to either log into your existing account or make a new one. Upon logging in or making the account, return to the opportunity page, ensure you are logged in and then press “Apply now” to begin the application. 
  • If you complete your application but upon clicking Submit, receive an error, it’s possible you have not fulfilled the requirements to submit. Check the following items to be sure you have completed the application correctly:
    • Have you adhered to the minimum and maximum word counts for each section? 
    • Have you filled out all required fields (marked with a *)? 
    • Have you correctly inserted URLs into the work samples or media outlet website section? Our website requires full URLs, meaning it must look like http://earthjournalism.net and not only “earthjournalism.net”.  

Note: If you are trying to apply after the deadline has passed, it will not allow you to access it as the opportunity has closed. Make sure to carefully note the deadline and time zone when applying. 

I need to access my draft application for an opportunity.

If you have started an application and saved it as a draft, you may return to it at another time. Ensure you are logged in to the website and proceed to the opportunity page. If you select “Apply now”, it will open your draft application for you to edit and submit. You will also receive an email from the website stating that you have successfully saved your application as a draft. Clicking the link in this email will take you to your draft application if you are already logged in – if the link is not working, please ensure you are logged into your account and try again.  

Note: If you are trying to access your application after the deadline has passed, it will not allow you to view it as the opportunity has closed. Make sure to carefully note the deadline and time zone when applying. 

How do I know if my application has been submitted successfully?

After completing your application and clicking the Submit button, you will receive an automatically generated email from our website informing you that your application has been submitted. If you do not see the email in your inbox, please check your spam or junk folders. If you still have not received it, you may contact us using the form to inquire about the status of your application.

I need to change or add to an application I’ve already submitted.

We cannot make changes to applications that have already been submitted. If you have an urgent need, you may reach out using the contact form but please note your revision or addition may not be accepted. 

I need to change the email address associated with my EJN account.

Please submit a request through the contact form with your name, the email currently associated with your EJN account and the new email you’d like to use moving forward. Someone will reply as soon as possible. 

I need to change my profile information, like my name or city.

You can change your profile information by logging into your EJN account and clicking on the “My account” button in the top right corner of the page. You can then choose 'View profile' to edit your information.

I don't know how to register for one of EJN's online courses.

EJN's online courses are available on a platform called The Internews Studio. After clicking on the Enroll button on the EJN website, you will be taken to The Studio's log in page. In order to log in using your EJN account, scroll down until you see 'Member of the Earth Journalism Network? EJN login here.' Click on that link, and you will be prompted to log in with your EJN credentials. Once logged in, you are able to take any of the courses in EJN's catalog.

I had trouble submitting my application by the deadline. Will you still accept it?

EJN rarely accepts late applications due to the sheer number we receive for our grant opportunities. If you reach out well in advance of the deadline with technical issues or questions, we will respond to you as soon as we can to find a solution, but unfortunately we are not able to provide tech support for last-minute issues. If you are completing the application close to the deadline and experience challenges, we cannot guarantee we will be available to assist as our email inbox is not constantly monitored during business hours in every time zone. Please ensure you begin your application as early as possible and reach out at least two business days before the deadline with any issues.