Internews’ Earth Journalism Network invites journalists from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, and Rwanda to apply for our 2022 wildlife and conservation workshop, to be held in Fort Portal, Uganda. Dates TBC.
The five-day workshop will introduce journalists to the various threats confronting wildlife and biodiversity across the region, and ongoing efforts to combat these threats.
We will host this five-day workshop at a venue (TBC) in Fort Portal, mid-western Uganda, which is around 300 kilometers from the capital, Kampala.
Located near the foot of Mt. Rwenzori, the third tallest mountain range in Africa, Fort Portal is about 1,500 meters above sea level and is often fondly described as the “Tourism City” of East Africa’s third largest economy. It is within driving distance of three national parks: Kibale Forest National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, and Semuliki National Park. Visitors to these parks will have the opportunity to see a variety of wildlife, including elephants, buffaloes, hippopotamus, waterbucks, warthogs, lions, kobs and rhinos, as well as several species of birds.
During the workshop, participants will gain a deeper understanding of conservation efforts in the region and learn how researchers, Indigenous groups, local communities and policymakers are protecting their ecosystems and addressing threats such as hunting, poaching and trafficking.
Participants will engage in a combination of classroom-style study and field visits to select national parks, forest reserves and other areas to learn more about habitat restoration efforts and conservation solutions. They’ll also meet with experts to discuss the impacts of deforestation, land degradation and the climate crisis.
In addition to these on-ground experiences, participants will engage in hands-on capacity-building sessions to develop their skills in mobile journalism, multimedia journalism, solutions journalism and data journalism, and learn how to improve their story pitches.
This workshop is part of EJN’s East Africa Wildlife Journalism project, supported by 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.
The workshop is open to journalists from Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, and Rwanda. Those based in Kampala and the Ugandan countryside are especially encouraged to apply.
Self-motivated journalists interested in covering human-wildlife conflicts, poaching, trafficking and other wildlife crimes are invited to apply. We are especially eager to hear from journalists reporting on community-based conservation initiatives, grassroots solutions and policy actions presently underway to protect wildlife and manage habitats and natural resources.
We welcome applications from journalists from print, television, online and/or radio, with a demonstrated track record of producing incisive, in-depth stories.
- Selected participants must commit to attending all five days of the workshop.
- EJN and our partners and donors have the right to edit, publish, broadcast and distribute any stories produced for your media outlet as a result of your participation in the workshop, once they have been published/broadcast in the original media outlet.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic crisis, EJN and its partners will strictly adhere to safety protocols put in place by the World Health Organization, as well as all advisories and regulations mandated by the Ugandan government. Participants are encouraged to carefully study the travel regulations from their countries as well as the destination country, and make sure they meet all requirements, including testing for COVID- 19. At the same time, applicants are encouraged to get vaccinated, for their own safety and that of the other participants.
How to Apply
- Click on the Apply Now button on the top right of this page.
- Applicants must provide a letter from their editor or media outlet supporting their application. Freelance journalists are welcome to apply but will need a letter of support from a media organization committing to publish or broadcast their stories.
- Applicants must submit two published writing samples or links to stories that have appeared online. Story clips related to wildlife and conservation issues are welcome.
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: Several participants at EJN’s East Africa workshop in 2019 interview Hilary Masuma Kalama, an elder of the Kauma Kaya forest in Kenya / Credit: Sara Schonhardt.