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Climate Change Media Partnership COP29 Reporting Fellowship

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Application Deadline
6 June 2024, 11:59 PM (Pacific/Niue)
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The Climate Change Media Partnership (CCMP), led by Internews’ Earth Journalism Network (EJN) and the Stanley Center for Peace and Security, is pleased to announce the CCMP COP29 Reporting Fellowship Program for journalists interested in covering the 29th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP29). Hosted this year by Azerbaijan, the conference is scheduled to take place in the city of Baku from November 11-22, 2024.


Overview

Now in its 17th iteration since its launch in 2007, the CCMP has brought more than 500 journalists from low- and middle-income countries to attend and report on the annual UN climate talks. This has enabled journalists from around the world to cover the climate negotiations for their home audiences, while benefiting from working alongside knowledgeable media trainers and gaining a multifaceted understanding of the actions countries are taking — or not taking — to address climate change's global impact.

This year, the CCMP Reporting Fellowship aims to bring up to 20 journalists from low- and middle income countries* to report in-person at COP29. In light of the climate summit being hosted by Azerbaijan this year, we also encourage journalists from countries of varying incomes in neighboring regions (the Balkans, the Baltics, Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia)* to apply. 

Applications for the CCMP COP29 Reporting Fellowship will be accepted from May 7-June 6. Decisions will be communicated in August. Applications submitted after the deadline will not be accepted, so please consider submitting at least one day before the deadline to avoid any issues.


Fellowship logistics

CCMP Fellows will travel to Baku to attend the entire duration of the UN climate negotiations, with arrival planned for November 9, 2024 and departure on November 24, 2024.

The CCMP will cover non-refundable economy-class airfare, accommodation, meals, travel medical insurance and ground transportation costs related to Fellowship participation. Organizers will also facilitate the press accreditation process and provide logistical support relating to the trip. Please note that the process of obtaining any necessary visas is the Fellow's individual responsibility, though the CCMP will reimburse visa costs.

Prior to the start of COP29, Fellows will receive informational resources and technical support to help prepare for reporting at the conference, including a pre-COP virtual workshop to meet the team, discuss reporting opportunities, and ask any questions. Once in Baku, Fellows will participate in a series of specially designed activities over the two-week period on the ground, including an orientation session with seasoned climate journalists and experts on the key issues at this COP, daily briefings, networking events and interviews with high-level officials. They will also be guided by EJN trainers, who are senior journalists with experience covering UN climate summits. 

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Eligibility

To be eligible for the Fellowship, the applicant must: 

  • Be a professional journalist from or representing an established media house and reporting from the countries listed below.*
  • Be available and willing to travel to Baku to attend COP29 in person, arriving on November 9 and departing no earlier than November 24, 2024.
  • Have a good command of the English language.
  • Have previous experience reporting on climate change issues and clearly indicate the kinds of stories you might pursue about the conference.
  • Commit to participate in all Fellowship activities.
  • Share an up-to-date resume/CV.
  • Provide a letter of support from an editor, producer, or supervisor who can confirm that your news reports will be published or broadcast in an established media outlet. Freelancers are welcome to apply but must provide a letter of support from a media outlet for which they intend to report.
  • Provide recent, relevant and journalistic work samples on climate change topics, which can be uploaded as documents or web links. Stories can be in any language as long as they are accompanied by a short English synopsis. Clips must focus on climate change topics and should have been published in the last 12 months. 


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

*See the full list of eligible countries. These countries were chosen because they are low- and middle-income countries as defined by the World Bank, because they are in a region neighboring the COP host country, and/or because there is a demonstrated need for increased reporting on climate change. Some countries were excluded due to security concerns. 

For the purposes of this opportunity, we will only be accepting applications in English. Unfortunately, we do not have the capacity to consider applications in other languages at this time. Applicants must be able to participate fully in an English-language Fellowship to be awarded.

Applications are open to journalists working in any medium (online, print, television, radio). We encourage applications from freelance reporters and staff from all types of media organizations — international, national, local and community-based.

Journalists who attended climate COPs in the past with EJN’s support are not eligible for this opportunity. In July or August, after fellows are selected and confirmed for this fellowship, we plan to launch an opportunity for journalists to apply for a virtual CCMP reporting fellowship to cover COP29 remotely, with mentorship. 

The CCMP reserves the right to disqualify applicants from consideration if they have been found to have engaged in unethical or improper professional conduct, including, but not limited to, plagiarism and submitting AI-generated content as their own.


Judging criteria 

We are looking for applicants who meet the following criteria:

  • Demonstrated experience covering climate change, climate policy and other environmental topics;
  • A clear and well-researched reporting plan for the COP, including potential story ideas, an estimated number of stories they’ll produce during the Fellowship and demonstrated intention to continue developing their plan as the COP draws closer;
  • A relationship with an established media house and a signed letter of support from an editor agreeing to publish or broadcast work produced at the COP.


The CCMP also considers the need to assemble a diverse cohort of journalists from different types of media houses, mediums and geographies. 


Story logistics 

Fellows are expected to produce stories regularly during the course of the Fellowship for their media house. Journalists may produce stories in any medium, including print, online, radio, broadcast and more. 

Throughout the program, participating journalists are free to report as they see fit; however, as part of our program we may provide extra training or activities related to certain thematic topics, and encourage stories on these topics. We do ask that Fellows adhere to some basic editorial standards (which will be shared at the start of the Fellowship) and these guidelines: 

Language of publication: Stories produced as a result of this Fellowship can be in any language. We ask that Fellows provide high-quality English summaries of stories produced in other languages and fully translate at least one of their stories into English so it can be shared with a wider audience. Fellows may use a tool like DeepL or other automated translation apps for this purpose.

Acknowledgement of support: Published stories and/or broadcasts must disclose CCMP support by including this tagline, “This story was produced as part of the Climate Change Media Partnership COP29 Reporting Fellowship, organized by Internews' Earth Journalism Network and the Stanley Center for Peace and Security.”

Republication rights: Those who are awarded Fellowships are free to publish or broadcast stories produced as a result of the Fellowship first in their affiliated media as long as Internews’ EJN, its local and regional partner sites and the grant funders are also given rights to edit, republish, broadcast and distribute them freely. Stories from COP29 that are filed by participating journalists may be republished on EJN’s website and may be cross-posted on the Stanley Center’s website.

Travel requirements and safety protocols 

Fellows are responsible for ensuring that they meet any requirements for travel to Azerbaijan. Applicants will be asked to indicate that they understand that participation in the Fellowship requires compliance with the Azerbaijan government and venue requirements.

Internews and the Stanley Center will be continuously assessing travel and health risks and will communicate those with Fellows ahead of the conference. All travel to participate in this Fellowship will be voluntary.


Application process

  • Click the 'Apply now' button at the top of this page.  
  • If you have an existing account, you'll need to log in. If you don’t have an account, you must register by clicking “Log in” on the top right of the page and then the “Sign up” link at the bottom of the page that opens. Click here for detailed instructions on how to create an account, and here for detailed instructions on how to reset your password.  
  • If you start the application and want to come back and complete it later, you can click 'Save Draft.' To return to the draft, you'll need to go back to the opportunity and click 'Apply now' again to finalize the application.  


This year’s CCMP Fellowship is organized and implemented in collaboration with the Stanley Center for Peace and Security, with generous support from Sida, Marisla Foundation, Friends Family Foundation, and Smart Family Foundation. Additional funders may be confirmed later.

Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered.  Please consider submitting at least one day in advance of the deadline to avoid any issues.  

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

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