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Media workshop on wildlife and conservation reporting in East Africa

Call for Applications

Published on
18 Feb 2020
1 March 2020, 05:00 PM, EAT info.ejn [at] internews.org

Internews’ Earth Journalism Network invites journalists to apply for its second wildlife and conservation workshop to be held from March 30 to April 3 in Laikipia, Kenya.

The workshop is open to journalists from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda and will focus on issues such as poaching, water management, human-wildlife conflicts and community-based conservation.

The Program

Laikipia is a vast county lying along the equator in central Kenya, where sprawling plains offer majestic views of Mt. Kenya. In addition to some of the most well-known, dynamic wildlife – such as elephants, lions and rhinos – the county is home to African wild dogs, diverse species of birds and plants and the endangered Grevy’s zebra, whose habitat is being rapidly degraded by livestock grazing.

We’ll be hosting the five-day workshop at the Mpala Research Centre to highlight conservation efforts in the region and explore some ways researchers, indigenous groups and local communities are involved.

Participants will have the opportunity to shadow scientists in their “living lab” as they track Grevy’s zebras and African wild dogs. They’ll also meet with experts to discuss various environmental challenges, including habitat loss, land degradation and invasive plant species and explore ways many conservancies have managed to curb poaching.

In addition to these on-the-ground experiences, we’ll also offer skill-building sessions that will teach participants about photo/mobile and multimedia journalism, solutions-based reporting and how to pitch story ideas.

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?

Self-motivated journalists interested in wildlife, environment and conservation journalism with a demonstrated track record of incisive, in-depth reporting.  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 Nairobi and upcountry are especially encouraged to apply.

Prerequisites 

Selected participants must:

  • Commit to attend all days of the workshop;
  • 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 organization as a result of participating in the workshop on the EJN website.

 

How to Apply

  • Click on the Apply Now button on the top right of this page.
  • You must submit two sample stories or links to stories that have appeared online. Story clips related to wildlife and conservation issues are welcome if you have them. You will be asked to upload these once you start the application process so be sure to have them ready beforehand.
  • Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered.
  • For inquiries, please contact [email protected]

 

APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 1, 2020 at 5:00pm EAT

Banner image: Grevy's zebra spotted in Laikipia / Credit: Kiundu Waweru

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