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Content Production and Distribution of Information to Build Awareness About Renewable Energy in India

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Published on
05 Feb 2024
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5 March 2024, 11:59 PM, Asia/Kolkata IST (Extended Deadline) info.ejn [at] internews.org
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Please read the following sections carefully, as they contain important information on eligibility and the application process.  

Internews’ Earth Journalism Network (EJN) is seeking to boost content production and distribution of information to build awareness about renewable energy in India, with a focus on Bihar, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh. 

 

Overview 

The clean energy revolution is well underway and gathering momentum. Almost everywhere, wind and solar power is now cheaper than fossil fuels. At COP28, the most recent global climate summit, countries finally agreed to transition away from fossil fuels in energy systems. 

But, as the UN's first Global Stocktake report revealed, governments must do far more by 2030 to limit warming to 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels by 2030.

In 2024, more than half the global population – including India – will vote in an election, and leaders’ climate and environmental priorities will determine the progress that is achieved over the next few critical years.

As India prepares for Lok Sabha elections, RE is in the news. The urgency of the energy transition has been underlined by the country’s commitment to generate 450 GW by 2030 through non-fossil fuel sources, and its offer to host a UN climate summit this decade. Now, affordable access to energy for all is a campaign issue.

To improve public awareness about the RE rollout and the obstacles to be overcome in this journey, EJN is looking to provide fellowships for in-depth content on RE (solar, wind, biofuels, green hydrogen and others). EJN will support the production of in-depth content on the subject, with the aim of improving access to quality information and raising awareness among policymakers, project developers, investors and observers.  

Content themes 

We aim to support the production of reports that raise awareness about the status of the renewable energy sector and strategies to ensure its growth in India, especially in Bihar, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh. 

We are seeking proposals that could focus on, but are not limited to, the following issues:

How state and national leaders aim to achieve ambitious climate action, while ensuring all citizens are brought along in a just transition; where and how RE and/or energy security features in the election campaign; policies that address clean energy production – and its impact on air quality and poverty reduction – at central and state levels; energy storage, grid expansion and modernization to address transmission and distribution of electricity; and financing of RE projects. 

Proposals that focus on topics that have not been widely covered are preferred. Issues that have already received a lot of coverage or don't provide unique angles to challenges are less likely to be selected.  

Eligibility 

Proposals from all states in India are eligible, but proposals that shed light on the RE situation in Bihar, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh will be prioritized.  

Groups of content producers are eligible. However, the application must be made in the name of one lead applicant. Lead applicants are responsible for communicating with EJN and receiving funds as remuneration on the group’s behalf, if awarded.  

For the purposes of this opportunity, we will accept applications in English, Hindi, Marathi and Tamil. 

Applications are open to India-based content producers (online, print, television, radio) and other experts with a demonstrated interest in covering the RE sector. We will give preference to those who regularly cover economy, business and energy beats. In an effort to ensure equal opportunities and diversity of voices, we especially encourage applications from women, youth, and members of Indigenous communities. 

We are seeking applications from freelancers and staff from all types of outlets – international, national, local and community-based.  

EJN reserves the right to disqualify applicants from consideration if they have been found to have engaged in unethical or improper professional conduct.  

Approach & formats 

EJN will provide support, by way of remuneration, of approximately Rs 90,000 to each selected applicant, depending on the proposal and method of coverage, with some flexibility for in-depth and data-driven content using innovative and investigative approaches that may be more costly to produce. Upon confirmation, the applicant will be required to execute the required fellowship agreement(s) with EJN for creation, development and publication of the content on the stated issue(s). 

We plan to issue the confirmations and fellowship agreements in March 2024 with the expectation that all content will be published by the end of July 2024 at the latest. Applicants should consider this timeline when drafting their workplan. 

Safety: We encourage applicants to follow best practices for Covid-19 when out in the field. If needed, you should include any Covid-related costs, such as tests or personal protective equipment, in your budget.  

Language of publication: Content can be produced in English or local languages, or both. We encourage applications in local languages and reporting for local media outlets. However, for wider dissemination, an English translation should be provided. Please include the cost for translation in the budget, if necessary. 

Budget: All applicants are required to provide a detailed budget with justification for the amount requested using the template provided. We ask that the budgets be reasonable and account for costs necessary for reporting, such as travel and accommodation. Please also note on your budget if you are receiving funding from any other sources for the story. 

Generally speaking, applications with smaller budgets will be more competitive, but we shall consider larger budgets for reports using innovative, collaborative or investigative approaches that may be more resource-intensive and time-consuming. We encourage the use of multimedia; applicants for long-form and multimedia narratives should include plans and budget for accompanying multimedia elements such as video clips and photos.  

We expect that proposals will largely reflect what equipment the applicant already has access to (including cameras, drones, lighting, tripods, etc.) and will not consider budgets that heavily focus on procuring new equipment.  

We shall consider a stipend component in the budget, particularly if the applicant is a freelancer. Please estimate the time you will need to produce this content and propose compensation you believe reflects a fair market rate. We ask, however, that this comprises no more than 30% of the total budget.  

Republication rights: Those who are awarded support are free to publish or broadcast their content first in their affiliated media as long as Internews’ EJN and its partners are also given rights to edit, publish, broadcast and distribute them freely.  

Judging criteria 

Applicants should consider the following points when devising their proposals: 

Relevance: Does the proposal meet the criteria and objectives of this call? Why does this report matter and to whom? Is the main idea, context and overall value to the target audience clearly defined? 

Angle: If the subject has been covered by already, does your proposal bring new insights into 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?  

Innovative storytelling: The use of creative approaches, multimedia and data visualization will be considered a plus. 

Plan for timely publication of content: Content producers including freelancers will need to include a letter of support from a media outlet in their application, committing to publish the stories by July 31, 2024.

Application process 

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Applications should provide a detailed budget with justification for the amount requested. Download the budget template now by clicking on this link

All applicants are required to provide a signed letter of support in an official letterhead, explicitly stating that the outlet will publish the content produced as a result of this support. 

Applicants will also need to submit two samples of reports or links to relevant work.  

Note: You'll be asked to upload these supporting documents once you start the application process, so please have them handy.  

If you encounter difficulties with submitting your application or have questions about the fellowships, please email [email protected]. Do not contact any other Internews email regarding this opportunity, as we will not receive it.  

Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered.


Banner image: Solar panels are key to electrifying rural regions of the country / Credit: Dominic Sansoni for World Bank via Flickr.

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