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Virtual Media Workshop on Covering Coastal Solutions, Financing and Resilience

Call for Applications
Published on
16 Feb 2023
king tide on SF embarcadero
30 March 2023, 03:59 PM, Pacific/Niue (UTC -11) info.ejn [at] internews.org

EJN is hosting a virtual media workshop on May 2, 3 and 4 for interested journalists around the world to boost understanding of key coastal resilience issues.

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

Overview

Communities living in coastal regions face existential risks due to climate change. Currently, around 40% of the world's population lives within 100 kilometers of a coast, putting them on the frontlines of climate change’s worst impacts. By 2050, the world's 136 largest coastal cities could face damages of between $1.6 to $3.2 trillion from sea level rise alone without adaptation. Even worse, many of them could be partially underwater. The latest IPCC report underscored what communities living on the edge between land and sea have long known: Without deep cuts to emissions, their prospects are "dismal."

Yet, communities and policymakers in coastal areas lack access to information about solutions to build resilience to climate change. Media and other information providers in coastal areas need resources in order to communicate complicated climate change information about coastal issues effectively. Trusted, clear, timely and actionable information is needed to address vulnerabilities associated with climate change and to support building resilience.

To meet this need, EJN is hosting a three-day virtual workshop with support from the Kingfisher Foundation to introduce journalists to key coastal resilience topics and connect them with relevant experts and sources for their reporting.

Themes

The workshop will focus on three primary themes, one for each day: solutions, finance and storytelling. Some specific topics could include:

  • Coastal resilience definition and types of coastal resilience
  • Nature-based solutions like mangroves, seagrass, dunes and reefs
  • Risk management plans
  • Urban planning and the future of cities
  • Measuring and tracking coastal resilience
  • Climate, conservation and biodiversity finance
  • Valuing ecosystem services, perceptions of the environment and putting a price on nature
  • Financial instruments like insurance schemes, green and blue bonds, debt-for-nature swaps
  • Investigating solutions through an equity lens
  • Pitching and building story angles


Eligibility

Applicants can be from any country in the world; applicants from coastal countries are preferred.

For the purposes of this grant 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 have a working understanding of English to participate in the workshop.

Applications are open to journalists working in any medium (online, print, television, radio) and other expert media practitioners with professional reporting experience and a history of covering environmental issues. We encourage applications from freelance reporters and staff from all types of media organizations – international, national, local and community-based.

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

Logistics

We plan to accept approximately 30-40 participants for the workshop. Successful applicants will be notified by early April.

The webinar will take place virtually on Zoom over three days – May 2, 3 and 4 – with 2.5-hour sessions each day. While we strive to choose a time that works for as many time zones as we can, it is possible the timing of the workshop will be early in the morning or late at night for certain applicants. Please take this into consideration when applying.

For journalists who lack access to a stable, strong internet connection, we are providing communications stipends to enable participation.

Selected participants who attend all three days of the workshop will be eligible to apply for a story grant to produce journalistic work following the workshop. The grant can fund travel costs, reporter stipends, multimedia elements and more. The story grants will be chosen through a competitive selection process and successful applicants will have until November 30, 2023 to finish reporting. More information on specific areas of interest and budget availability will be provided during the workshop.

All participants who attend the full three days will also receive a certificate of completion from EJN.

Application process

  • Click the 'Apply now' button at the top of the page.  
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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: King tide on San Francisco Embarcadero / Credit: Tom Hilton via Flickr.

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