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Media Workshop and Story Grants to Report on Mekong Water Governance from a Gender and Social Inclusion Lens

Call for Applications
Published on
23 Jul 2022
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5 August 2022, 08:59 AM, Asia/Bangkok (UTC +07) info.ejn [at]
Internews’ Earth Journalism Network (EJN) is pleased to invite journalists from Mekong countries to join a media workshop on water governance. Selected journalists will receive reporting grants to produce in-depth stories that will call attention to Mekong water governance from a gender and social inclusion perspective.

Please read the following sections carefully, as they contain important information on eligibility and the application process. 


The Mekong River basin provides vital resources – from food and refuge to diverse cultural assets – to  more than 300 million people residing in six countries, namely, Cambodia, China, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam. Among them are women and girls who are usually tasked with household chores that directly involve the use and management of water.

According to the Gender and Water Governance in the Mekong Region released by IUCN and Oxfam in 2019, several studies showed that “women are constrained in water management due to male headship at household and community levels.” The other contributing factors include gender bias that governs public representation at all levels with male leaders influencing large-scale water management decisions.

The media plays a crucial role in amplifying the voices of communities and groups that are affected by Mekong water governance, through news reporting that highlights the challenges and solutions from various perspectives.

Considering the increasing vulnerabilities experienced by women and other marginalized groups, such as youth and the poor as a result of Mekong water governance issues, Internews Europe (Internews) with funding from Oxfam has launched a project entitled “Reporting on the Mekong water governance from a gender and social inclusive lens” which aims to strengthen women’s and marginalized people’s voices in media reports on water governance in the Mekong River basin.

The project is comprised of two main activities:

1) a three-day media workshop to introduce participants to the overall concept of gender and social inclusion and how to integrate it into reporting on Mekong water governance
2) a story grant and mentorship program, to produce stories that amplify the voices of women and marginalized groups, under the support of mentors who are experienced journalists.

Fifteen journalists will be selected for this program. The workshop will be held in Udonthani province, Northeast of Thailand, tentatively on 14-16 September 2022* with a one-day field trip on 15 September in Sangkhom District, Nong Khai province.

After the journalists have completed the workshop, they will each receive a story grant of US$ 1,200 to support the cost of story production, to report effectively and inclusively on Mekong water governance.

This project is supported by Oxfam. 

*Information on the dates and venue of the workshop will be confirmed as soon as possible.



  • Are from and currently based in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand or Vietnam.
  • Must commit to attend all days of the workshop, to produce and publish at least one long-form story by 31 January 2023.
  • Have experience reporting on environmental topics. Water and/or gender issues are preferred.
  • Understand and be able to communicate in English (workshop sessions will be held in English).
  • Applications are open to journalists from print, online, radio and television outlets. Freelance reporters and staff reporters from international, national, local or community-based outlets are eligible. 
  • We especially encourage women, indigenous, individuals with disabilities, gender non-conforming peoples and mid-career journalists to apply.

For the purposes of this grant opportunity, we will accept applications in English.

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

Story logistics

We plan to issue grants in September 2022 with the expectation that all stories will be published by January 31, 2023 at the latest.

Safety: We encourage reporters to follow best practices for COVID-19 while reporting.

Language of publication: Stories can be produced in any language. However, applicants who intend to write or produce stories in their local language need to also include an English translation.

Acknowledgement of EJN support:  Published stories and/or broadcasts must disclose EJN support by including this tagline: “This story was produced with support from Internews’ Earth Journalism Network.”

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


How to Apply 

  • Click the 'Apply now' button at the top of the page. 
  • If you have an existing account, you'll need to be logged in to apply. Since we recently updated our website, you might have to reset your password by clicking the “Forgot password?” link in the log in page. If you don’t have an account, you must register by clicking “Log in” on the top right of the page and click 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. 
  • Applicants must provide a letter of support from their editor or media outlet, stating that they will provide support in editing and in the production of data visualization i.e., infographics, photographs, etc, with a commitment to publish or broadcast the story by 31 January 2023.
  • Applicants must submit two recent published long-form/investigative samples or links to stories that have appeared online. Stories related to water issues, gender issues, and/or Mekong transboundary issues are preferred.  

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.   

Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered. 




Banner image: Mekong River in the northeast of Thailand / Credit: Juthamas Sukitjanont.


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