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EJN Fellows Get a Grant and a Comic

A team of CCMP Fellows that met at a global climate summit in September 2018 recently won a grant for cross-border stories about the global transition to clean energy. While in Berlin to pitch their idea, they caught the eye of artist Mwelwa Musonko.
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EJN, Global

  • clean energy
  • energy transition
  • climate conferences
  • COPs
  • climate change media partnership
  • solar power
  • India
  • China
  • Nepal
  • Pakistan
  • Fellowships

EJN Kicks Off Pangolin Series on Earth Day

The first story in our pangolin series by Wang Yan explores how rising demand for pangolin meat and scales, which are used in traditional Chinese medicine, is pushing this endangered mammal to the brink of extinction. Meanwhile, in the Philippines, Imelda Abano brings us a story on how researchers and conservationists are working to involve indigenous groups and local communities as wildlife wardens in an effort to save the Palawan pangolin.
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EJN, Global

  • illegal wildlife trade
  • wildlife trafficking
  • wildlife crime
  • pangolin

Training of Trainers Explores Climate and Data Journalism, Eco-Tourism and Safety Challenges

EJN held its annual Training of Trainers (ToT) at the end of March in Palawan, the Philippines, bringing together more than 30 participants, including staff, media grantees and partners. This is the seventh time in its 15 years that EJN has held this type gathering as a way to bring together leaders and managers of the network, learn about techniques and opportunities to improve environmental media, and share plans and ideas for future work.
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EJN, Palawan, the Philippines

  • media training
  • eco-tourism
  • safety
  • security training
  • climate change

EJN Grantee Receives Top Young Environmental Reporter Award

Philippines-based journalist Fatima Arkin, the recipient of a 2016 grant from EJN, was recognized as the best young environmental journalist of the year at the Asian Environmental Journalism Awards (AEJA) held last month in Singapore. “EJN's support helped me gain new perspective as an environmental reporter by giving me the resources to report on the ground in Myanmar,” she said.
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EJN, Myanmar

  • awards
  • environmental reporting

Media Workshop in Bangladesh Highlights Struggles Faced by Fishing Boat Communities

In early March, the EJN’s Bay of Bengal Project partnered with the rights-based research and advocacy organization VOICE to host a media workshop in Bhola, Bangladesh, focused on climate change and its impact on marginalized communities. Twelve reporters from around the region attended the workshop where they heard from experts on environmental reporting, conservation, sociology and creative art. They also met with representatives of communities feeling firsthand the effects of rising seas, changing weather patterns and river erosion.
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EJN, Bangladesh

  • climate change
  • media training
  • fishing communities

Inside a Nonprofit That Supports Environmental Journalists Around the World

Environmental journalism is one area that’s drawn rising support in recent years, helping advance the growth of outlets like Grist and InsideClimate News. EJN is different from these publications—operating as a network that provides grants, training and more—but it’s also expanded its reach as funders have grown more concerned about environmental threats.
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Inside Philanthropy, Global

  • environmental reporting
  • mentorship
  • media training

Media Grantees’ Activities Help Strengthen Environmental Reporting in Asia and the Pacific

From the start of EJN’s Asia-Pacific project in late 2017 to the end of 2018, we have provided grants to 16 organizations to implement projects that aim to strengthen local coverage of climate change and other socio-environmental issues. The project has also awarded dozens of grants, including special project’s grants, to individual journalists across the region to develop stories that focus on the impacts of environmental change.
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EJN, Asia Pacific

  • media development
  • training
  • mentorship

Sri Lankan Journalist’s Reporting Helps Bring an End to Deforestation

EJN member journalist Prasanna Cooray’s stories exploring the destruction of forest reserves in parts of Sri Lanka got communities talking and raised awareness among local and national officials. The deforestation in these areas has since ceased, something community members say is due in part to Cooray’s reporting.
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EJN, Sri Lanka

  • impact reporting
  • deforestation
  • media development

EJN Awards Grants to 14 Asian Organizations Focused on Expanding Access to Environmental Information

EJN has selected 14 organizations as recipients of its annual media grants supported by our Asia-Pacific and Bay of Bengal projects. The competitive grant program is an opportunity for media, civil society organizations and academic institutions throughout Asia and the Pacific to think critically and creatively about how to build local resources for reporting and information exchange around climate change, natural resource management and the environment.
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EJN, Asia Pacific, Bay of Bengal

  • media training
  • media development
  • grants

Harnessing the power of on-the-spot media to achieve change

With the rising impact of climate change, ranging from flash floods, landslides and ocean surges, coupled with the urgent need to implement more effective – and long-term – disaster risk reduction, credible journalist initiatives are increasingly playing a crucial role in informing the public.
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Global Geneva, Geneva

  • media development
  • climate resilience

Media Workshop in India Helps Inform Reporters About Climate Change, Vulnerable Communities

To better understand the challenges facing residents living along the Bay of Bengal, a dozen journalists from the region attended a three-day workshop in late February in Visakhapatnam, the largest coastal city in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, supported by Internews’ Earth Journalism Network.
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EJN, India

  • climate change
  • Bay of Bengal
  • workshop
  • media training
  • sea level rise

Bay of Bengal Project Builds Support for Resilience-Centered Reporting

On the shores of the world’s largest bay live fishers and farmers hit by climate change every day. With this in mind, and with generous support from the Climate Justice Resilience Fund, Internews’ Earth Journalism Network started its Bay of Bengal Resiliency Reporting Initiative. In addition to hosting media-training workshops and offering media grants, providing funding to journalists so they can report from the field is an important part of the Bay of Bengal project, and we are doing it in a big way.
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EJN, Bay of Bengal Region

  • climate change
  • resiliance
  • story grants
  • media grants

Women Lead the Way in Adapting to Climate Change

As the world marked International Women’s Day in early March, EJN took stock of some of our best women’s-focused reporting over the past year.
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EJN, Global

  • women's rights
  • women's empowerment
  • Indigenous women
  • International Women's Day
  • gender equality

EJN Partner Launches Five-Part Series on Environmental Change in the Himalayas

Journalist Ramesh Bhushal, photographer Nabin Baral and a team of scientists traveled by jeep, raft and foot through some of the most remote areas of the Himalayas to produce a series that documents the environmental and economic changes transforming the Karnali River system.
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EJN, Nepal

  • Himalayas
  • cliamte change
  • agriculture
  • infrastructure development
  • BRI
  • Belt and Road Initiative

EJN’s West Africa Fisheries Project Receives Special Recognition Award for Its Work on Illegal Fishing

EJN and its West Africa Fisheries Project have been honored with a Special Recognition award by an international panel of judges under the 3rd Stop IUU Fishing Awards. The award acknowledges the “unique role journalists and the media can play in combatting IUU fishing and associated activities,” issues the West Africa Fisheries Project has been training journalists to understand and expose.
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EJN, West Africa

  • awards
  • fisheries
  • IUU fishing

CCMP Fellow’s Reporting on Vulnerable Sea Turtles in India Continues to Garner Attention

The story, published in "The Times of India," drew attention from the government and justice system in eastern India and raised awareness about the impact of fishing on the vulnerable Olive Ridley turtle population.
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EJN, Chennai, India

  • conservation
  • impact story
  • vulnerable species

New tool tracks Europe’s role in international illegal wildlife trade

Oxpeckers' digital geojournalism tool #WildEye gives journalists, policy-makers and the public easy access to data on seizures, arrests, court cases and convictions related to wildlife crime in Europe. Learn how you can use it and contribute.
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Oxpeckers, Europe

  • #WildEye
  • wildlifetrafficking

Grants Available to Investigate Illegal Wildlife Trafficking in Europe

The Earth Journalism Network is looking to fund a new round of investigative reporting projects aimed at monitoring and investigating the illegal wildlife trade in Europe.
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EJN, Europe

  • Illegal wildlife trade
  • wildlifetrafficking
  • WildEye

Journalism Safety and Security Trainings Start to Take Root

Eric Freedman, chair of the Knight Center for Environmental Journalism at Michigan State University, recently referred to environmental reporting as “one of the most hazardous beats in journalism." To address the issue, EJN has introduced more safety and security trainings with plans for further sessions in the years ahead.
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EJN, Global

  • environmental journalism
  • safety
  • security

EJN Congratulates Prize-Winning Grantees and Partners

EJN recognizes some outstanding EJN grantees and partners who won awards in 2018 for their stories on the environment.
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EJN, Global

  • awards
  • environmental reporting
  • climate change

Wildlife Trafficking Project Makes its Story Debut

EJN’s project on Investigating Wildlife Trafficking got off to a strong start with its first story, an investigation into tiger breeding farms in the Czech Republic. Reported by grantee Tristan Martin, the piece exposed how illegal tiger farms are not just a problem in Asia but are also operating in the middle of the European Union.
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EJN, Europe

  • illegal wildlife trade
  • wildlife crime
  • wildlife trafficking
  • tiger trade
  • endangered animals

CCMP Fields Largest Media Delegation at COP24 in Poland

Nineteen journalists from 17 different countries and four trainers from Internews’ Earth Journalism Network travelled to the United Nations top climate change summit in Katowice, Poland, to report on how representatives of nearly 200 countries would deliver on commitments to curb global warming.
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EJN, Katowice, Poland

  • COP24

Climate Change, Sea Level Rise, Resilience – EJN Works with Reporters on the Bay of Bengal Coast

During a three-day workshop in early November hosted by the Earth Journalism Network’s Bay of Bengal project, reporters learned how sea-level rise and erosion exacerbated by a changing climate are threatening communities and ecosystems in the region.
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EJN, Chidambaram, India

  • Bay of Bengal
  • climate change
  • sea level rise

Indonesia: Pre-COP24 press briefing and discussions held by SIEJ/WRI

The World Resource Institute in Indonesia and the Society of Indonesian Environmental Journalists co-hosted a press briefing and discussion on Nov. 14 to highlight and increase understanding of the issues that will be discussed at the next Conference of the Parties to be held in Katowice, Poland, in December. Two of the reporters covering that conference as part of EJN's 2018 Climate Change Media Partnership fellowship attended the briefing to learn about the issues and share their plans for reporting developments at COP24 back home.
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EJN, Indonesia

  • COP24
  • Indonesia

Investigating Wildlife Trafficking Project Convenes Partners in London

EJN has launched an investigative reporting project to address the threats to biodiversity posed by the illegal wildlife trade. Last month, convening with partners in London, grantees and EJN staff had the opportunity to attend two separate conferences focused on wildlife trafficking.
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EJN, London

  • IWT
  • wildlife trafficking
  • financial crime

Media Training in Senegal Highlights Challenges, Offers Guidance for Covering Fisheries

EJN held a media training workshop in Senegal in early October so reporters from four coastal fishing towns could gather content for stories on IUU fishing in harbors, landing spots and other environments that are difficult for them to access. Part of EJN’s West Africa Fisheries Journalism project, the workshop also aimed to improve communication between the media and government officials and scientists and encouraged attendees to apply for future EJN story grants.
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EJN, Senegal

  • media training, IUU fishing
  • media training
  • IUU fishing

Climate Change Fellows Gear Up for COP24 in Poland

The 20 Climate Change Media Partnership Fellows who attended the Global Climate Action Summit in September have produced dozens of stories and are now gearing up to cover the United Nations 24th Conference of Parties convention to be held in Poland in December.
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EJN,

  • climate change
  • COP
  • CCMP

Oxpeckers Investigative Journalism Wins Top Award for Climate Change, Wildlife Reporting

Oxpeckers Investigative Environmental Journalism, which receives support from EJN, won the 2018 SAB Environmental Award for written media for editor Fiona Macleod’s work on a four-part ClimaTracker investigation that showcased how local neighborhoods are surviving disruption by climate change, and a year-long multimedia investigation into alleged land grabs in the anti-poaching buffer zone between Mozambique and the world-famous Kruger National Park in South Africa.
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EJN, South Africa

  • climate change
  • poaching
  • media awards

Welcome Samisoni G Pareti, EJN Content Coordinator for Fiji and the Pacific

The Earth Journalism Network recently welcomed Samisoni G Pareti as our new content coordinator for Fiji and the Pacific. In this role he will lead EJN’s work in Fiji, where he is based, as well as in Tonga, Samoa and Tuvalu. He’ll work closely with EJN’s funding recipients, commissioning environmental stories for the network’s InfoPacific website, mentoring journalists and organizing trainings and workshops.
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EJN,

  • Fiji

Call to action: Crowdsourcing assistance with IWT data collection

Oxpeckers Investigative Environmental Journalism has created an open-source tool that will map seizures, arrests, prosecutions and convictions related to the illegal wildlife trade. The tool is currently in its development stage, and the project team needs assistance in creating the dataset from scratch.
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EJN, Europe

  • wildlife trafficking
  • biodiversity
  • poaching
  • crowdsourcing
  • geo-journalism

Awards Granted to Work EJN Supports in Latin America, Africa

Latin America-based GeoJournalism site InfoAmazonia received the Al Neuharth Innovation in Investigative Journalism Award for small newsrooms from the Online News Association for its special report “Digging into the Mining Arc.” While EJN's story grantee in Togo, Helene Doubidji, won first place in the written press category for her feature about how illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing off the West African coast is impacting the lives of local communities in the Katanga region.
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EJN, Venezuela, Togo

  • climate change
  • fisheries
  • mining
  • Amazon
  • IUU
  • awards

Biodiversity Stories Highlight Threats and Yield Results

A series of stories commissioned by EJN’s Biodiversity Media Initiative highlighted threats due to habitat loss, the illegal wildlife trade and climate change. Meanwhile, the results of a recent impact survey revealed that a controversial road project in Colombia that was the subject of investigative stories by one of last year’s grantees has been suspended by the authorities.
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EJN, Global

  • biodiversity
  • trade routes
  • Belarus
  • endangered species
  • Peru

Fellows See That Global is Local at International Climate Summit

Internews’ Earth Journalism Network (EJN) and its partner the Stanley Foundation brought 20 journalists from the Climate Change Media Partnership to the GCAS, an opportunity to familiarize them with climate change issues and summit-based reporting ahead of the United Nations’ premier climate change conference, the 24th Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, to be held in Poland in December.
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EJN, San Francisco

  • climate change
  • GCAS2018
  • CCMP2018
  • mentoring

Understanding China’s Role in the Mekong Region

To improve reporting and public understanding of China’s changing role in the Mekong region, EJN co-organized a media workshop in Thailand for nine journalists from countries surrounding the Mekong River.
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EJN, Mekong River

  • Belt and Road Initiative
  • Mekong Region

Story Grants Awarded to 10 Journalists in Bay of Bengal Region

Internews’ Earth Journalism Network awarded story grants to 10 journalists in Bangladesh and eastern India last month as part of its Bay of Bengal Climate Resiliency Initiative, following up on the organizational media grants provided earlier in the year. The journalists will cover a broad range of issues, with a particular focus on how women, youth and vulnerable communities are responding to the impacts of climate change.
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EJN, Bangladesh, Eastern India

  • Bay of Bengal
  • story grants
  • climate change
  • resilience

Strengthening Journalists’ Capacity in Environmental Reporting in Timor-Leste

Our partner Fundasaun Media Development Centre (FMDC), in Timor-Leste, has completed their first of a series of workshops, covering basic environmental reporting and several key environmental issues including waste management, biodiversity, and natural disaster risk management.
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EJN, Timor-Leste

  • Timor-Leste
  • Climate Change
  • Reporting
  • Training

Indonesia training gives reporters tools to cover climate change and biodiversity

A 3-day workshop was organised in Medan, Sumatra on June 29th to July 1st, 2018, aimed to build the capacity of young Indonesian journalists and writers to improve their knowledge and skills in reporting about biodiversity in the region
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EJN / Climate Tracker, Indonesia

  • Indonesia
  • community
  • capacity

Workshop in Suva, Fiji: Strengthening Media Capacity on Climate Change Reporting

Climate change can be a challenging story to tell because of its complexity. To journalists covering climate-related topics, the bigger task is producing stories that would shape appropriate climate adaptation policies and strategies, as well as generate public attention, debate and action.
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EJN, Suva, Fiji

  • Pacific Islands
  • Climate Change
  • Reporting

Mobile Journalism workshop for Environmental Reporting - students of the University of South pacific

Internews’ Earth Journalism Network (EJN) and the University of South Pacific (USP) jointly organised a workshop on 23rd July in Suva, Fiji on Environmental Reporting for journalism students of USP.
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EJN, Suva, Fiji

  • Journalism Education

VeraFiles training workshop on Reporting 'Cold' Environment Cases in the Philippines

For the 18 journalists and journalism students who attended the training workshop on Reporting “Cold” Environment Cases in the Philippines last June 28, it was a look-back, a review, and for some, a jarring reminder of the horrors of covering an environmental disaster.
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EJN, Philippines

  • Philippines
  • Climate Change
  • Reporting