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Media Workshop on Wildlife and Conservation Reporting in East Africa

Call for Applications

Published on
20 Sep 2019
African Elephant
11 October 2019, 05:00 PM, Africa/Nairobi EAT info.ejn [at]

At a time when global biodiversity is under threat, from environmental change and degradation to a rise in poaching that has allowed the illegal wildlife trade to thrive, information about and knowledge of conservation is of paramount importance.

Yet many journalists need to sharpen their reporting skills and understanding of these issues to better inform their audiences and influence policy. That’s why we at EJN are hosting a week-long workshop designed to give reporters access to experts in conservation, wildlife crime and investigative reporting and equip them will skills and knowledge to better report on wildlife and conservation issues.

The program

The workshop will be held on the north coast of Kenya around Nyali from November 18-22 (*please note these dates may change slightly).

Selected participants will also attend a field trip that will enable them to build stories around the issues discussed during the workshop sessions by witnessing their effects firsthand. Proposed site visits could include a trip to the Port of Mombasa and the Kaya Forest in Kilifi. Both locations are relevant to the workshop themes and, as we often seek to emphasize, have solutions angles: The former uses technology to combat the illegal wildlife trade, and the latter serves as an example of how to use indigenous knowledge and community support to conserve flora and fauna.

Through this experience, participants will have a chance to learn about concerted measures put in place to thwart the illegal wildlife trade, how communities are conserving their environments and the threats fishing communities face due to illegal fishing practices and the impacts of climate change.

This workshop is part of EJN’s East Africa Wildlife Journalism project supported through a joint grant from the US Department of Interior and the US Agency for International Development. EJN will bear the travel, accommodation and meal costs of selected participants.

Who qualifies?

Media practitioners interested in wildlife, environment and conservation journalism with a demonstrated track record of well-researched and solutions-based stories. Journalists from print, television, online and radio are welcome to apply.

The workshop is open to journalists from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda. Those based in coastal Kenya, from the Tsavo to Lamu, are especially encouraged to apply. We’ll host another training early next year aimed at reporters from Nairobi and upcountry.


Selected participants must:

  • Commit to attend all days of the workshop.
  • Have experience reporting on wildlife and conservation issues.
  • Provide a letter from your editor or media outlet supporting your application. Freelance journalists are welcome to apply but must have a letter of support from a media organization that will publish or broadcast your stories.
  • Be willing to post copies of any stories produced for your home media organizations as a result of participating in the workshop on the EJN website.

How to apply

  • You can apply by clicking on the Apply Now button on the top right of this page.
  • You must submit three samples of stories or links to reports related to wildlife or conservation issues. You’ll be asked to upload these once you start the application process so please have them ready beforehand.
  • Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered.
  • For inquires, please contact [email protected]

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