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Environmental Data Journalism Fellowships in the Hindu Kush Himalayan Region

The Third Pole (www.thethirdpole.net) and Internews’ Earth Journalism Network (www.earthjournalism.net), with support from the Skoll Global Threats Fund, are providing up to 5 reporting fellowships for journalists and other communicators from countries in Hindu Kush Himalaya Region—Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Pakistan and Nepal.

The fellowships provide support for journalists and other media practitioners focused on water, climate and environmental topics and interested in using data and maps in their reporting. The reporting must be focused on water but can include a diversity of associated issues such as trans-boundary river management, climate change, and the status of water-intensive livelihoods. Reporting on other environmental issues in the region is also welcome if the proposal includes reliable datasets to use in their articles.

In an effort to help understand and react to the rapid changes taking place in the Hindu Kush Himalaya region, also known as "Asia's water tower," The Third Pole and Internews’ Earth Journalism Network created an open source geospatial database in 2013. Located at data.thethirdpole.net, this compendium of scientific data on water issues is sourced from leading organizations monitoring water and other environmental issues in Asia. The fellows will have an opportunity to use these datasets to illustrate their stories and will be provided technical support if needed while preparing maps and reports.

Fellows should publish at least one story during their fellowships for their media outlets. Once published on their media outlets such reports will also be published on www.thethirdpole.net , www.earthjournalism.net and data.thethirdpole.net .

Who should apply?

Journalists (online, print, television) and other expert media practitioners interested in environmental reporting from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Pakistan and Nepal are welcome to apply. Freelancers may apply if they have a letter of support from a media house committing to publish or broadcast their story. Selected fellows may be invited to a Workshop planned in the first week of May, 2015 -- possibly in Kathmandu, Nepal – to present and discuss their work.

What should be in the reports?

The reports should include multimedia and /or data-driven content embedded in the stories. Any data visualization software could be used while doing stories and reporters should be able to collect data, interpret and do simple readable maps needed for their stories.

Average amount of the fellowship: USD 1000 -- half will be provided upon receiving the fellowship, and the remainder after stories are published. This money would cover all expenses including any salaries

Number of Fellowships:

Estimated Time for the fellowship: Two months. The deadline for finalizing the stories is April 30, 2015.

Deadline for Applications: 12 March 2015

How to apply?

The application should be submitted via the Earth Journalism Network website by no later than 12 March 2015.

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Applications received after the deadlines are disqualified. Any queries regarding the application should be directed to Ramesh Bhushal at rbhushal@internews.org

 

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