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Apply now for EJN media fellowships to the IUCN World Conservation Congress

Published on
29 Mar 2016
30 April 2016, 12:00 AM, EDT info.ejn [at]

Deadline for sending applications - April 30th - 11:59 pm EDT 

The Earth Journalism Network in partnership with the Arcadia Foundation and the Full Circle Fund of RSF Social Finance invites working journalists, particularly those from developing countries, to apply.

We also particularly welcome applicants from journalists who identify as indigenous peoples.

Selected participants will attend a day-long workshop on September 1st before spending Sept 2-5 at the World Conservation Congress developing sources and story ideas, networking with other journalists, and reporting on news from conservation organisations, governments and researchers.

The workshop will provide participants with an overview of biodiversity issues and conservation solutions, as well as tips for reporting on these topics and for navigating the World Conservation Congress. During the Congress, fellows will have opportunities for special briefings with key figures in the field of biodiversity conservation.

All participants will have all their travel expenses and lodging covered. We hope they will come away from the Hawai’i with a rich stock of contacts, knowledge and ideas to support their future reporting.

The fellowships are part of a three year project that Internews’ Earth Journalism Network is running to encourage stronger media coverage of biodiversity and conservation.

Future opportunities will include fellowships to report on other international conferences such as the conference of parties to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity in Mexico in December, 2016.

For more information about the World Conservation Congress see the IUCN website.


  • To commit to attend all days of the fellowship. This requires arrival in Hawai’i by August 31st and departure no earlier than Sept 6th
  • To be willing to share a hotel room with another Fellow
  • To have a record of reporting on scientific and/or environmental topics
  • To be fluent in English (we recognize that of course a lot of excellent and important reporting is done in other languages but in order to fully take advantage of the Congress, it is important to be able to understand and communicate in English).
  • To produce stories for your home media organizations as a result of your attendance at the World Conservation Congress and be willing to post copies of them on the website.
  • A letter from your editor or media outlet supporting your application (freelancers are welcome but must have a letter of support from a media organization that will publish or broadcast your stories)

To apply, please register on the EJN site and fill out the form available on the following link


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