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New Project in East Africa to Boost Investigations of Conservation, Wildlife Issues

This project is the newest of EJN’s efforts to boost reporting on threats facing global biodiversity by focusing on improving media coverage of conservation issues, including wildlife trafficking and human and wildlife conflicts in East Africa through workshops that build reporting skills, story grants, stipends to support investigative reporting and roundtables for journalists working on investigative features.
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EJN, East Africa

  • wildlife trafficking
  • conservation
  • investigative reporting
  • East Africa

Workshop, Story Grants Support Mexican, Central American Journalists to Report on Mesoamerican Reef

Given the importance of the Mesoamerican Reef system, EJN collaborated with our local partner, the Mexican Network of Environmental Journalists, to host a reporting workshop on coral reefs from June 27-30 in Cozumel, Mexico. EJN is now making story grants available to journalists from the region.
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EJN, Mexico

  • coral reefs
  • ocean conservation
  • journalism skills

EJN Media Partners in the Pacific Continue to Grow, Expand Activities

Although global attention on the impacts of climate change on the Pacific region still lags, two of the organizations – Pacific Environment Journalists Network and the University of South Pacific – being supported by EJN to enhance climate change reporting in the region have been stepping up.
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EJN, Pacific Islands

  • pacific islands
  • journalism skills
  • climate change
  • climate finance
  • sea-level rise

Help EJN Celebrate Our 15th Anniversary with your Videos, Photos or Text

This September will mark the 15th Anniversary of EJN! As part of the festivities, we want to highlight the amazing work of our members, partners and grantees and look at what progress and impact we’ve achieved. Find out how you can submit photos, videos and text that highlight what EJN means to you.
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EJN, Global

EJN’s Bay of Bengal Grantee Bolsters Efforts to Support Regional Ocean Literacy

The Bangladeshi non-governmental organization VOICE has used a grant from EJN to form an Ocean Literacy Network based in Dhaka in partnership with several national organizations from the Bay of Bengal region. The network plans to produce ocean literacy toolkits, conduct training workshops for educators, journalists, and ocean conservation communicators in coastal regions and host a Bay of Bengal regional conference that will provide opportunities for learning and collaboration.
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EJN, Bangladesh

  • ocean conservation
  • Bay of Bengal
  • storytelling
  • sustainable development

Recently Awarded Story Grants to Focus on Communities Most Impacted by Climate Change

EJN recently awarded grants to 36 reporters, 14 from the Bay of Bengal region and another 22 from the broader Asia-Pacific region, to report on climate and environmental change. The aim of these grants is to improve coverage of the challenges facing vulnerable communities so they may better adapt and inform policymakers of the need for action.
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EJN, Asia-Pacific

  • story grants
  • climate change
  • climate change reporting
  • vulnerable communities

EJN Launches New Project to Protect the Mesoamerican Reef

EJN has launched the Mesoamerican Reef Reporting Project to increase and improve news coverage on the environmental health of a vital reef system that stretches across the coasts of Mexico, Belize, Guatemala and Honduras. The project will help journalists prepare to report on the findings of the Mesoamerican Reef Report Card, a tool put out annually by the Healthy Reefs initiative.
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EJN, Mexico, Belize, Guatemala & Honduras

  • coral reefs
  • ocean health
  • conservation

The Planet Is Suffering. How Do We Write About It?

EJN director James Fahn and Mark Schapiro, an environmental writer and professor, teach a graduate course on Earth Journalism at the UC Berkeley School of Journalism. In this interview, they speak to California Magazine about the state of environmental reporting.
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California Magazine, Global

EJN’s Investigative Reporting Work Uncovers New Environmental Issues

Few topics are as ripe for investigation as the environment, and in-depth reporting is something long prioritized at EJN. Now, thanks to growing demand and support for the kind of probing stories issues like climate change or wildlife trafficking require, EJN is leading the charge toward more investigative environmental reporting.
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EJN, Global

  • wildlife trafficking
  • wildlife crime
  • IWT
  • illegal wildlife trade
  • endangered species
  • investigative reporting

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