EJN Joins the Sustainable Journalism Partnership

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EJN Joins the Sustainable Journalism Partnership

Along with the Global Investigative Journalism Network, the Global Forum for Media Development, the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers and the University of the Witwatersrand’s Journalism Department, Internews’ Earth Journalism Network was invited by Fojo Media Institute to co-organize the launch of the Sustainable Journalism Partnership from 31 May – 2 June in Kalmar and Stockholm in Sweden.  

The Sustainable Journalism Partnership is a new global forum of media researchers, practitioners, educators and media leaders who have come together to develop knowledge and practice on how journalism can be made more sustainable – and at the same time contribute to a more sustainable society. 

Lars Tallert, founder of the Partnership, noted that journalism needs to highlight the several threats to sustainability: climate change, poverty and gender inequality to name a few, but to do so effectively, it needs to be sustainable itself.  

“There is a sustainability crisis in journalism: with mis- and disinformation on the rise, freedom of expression at risk, and resources shrinking,” he said at the launch event. Tallert sees these crises as clearly intertwined: “A sustainable society requires journalism that better addresses these sustainability challenges, and the sustainability of journalism depends on its ability to do precisely that.”  

To that end, the Partnership will be guided by two primary questions: 

  1.  How can independent journalism be made more sustainable?  
  2. How can its contribution to a sustainable society be improved? 

At the Sustainable Journalism Conference, community members constituted a new NGO, elected a board and exchanged ideas on how to move forward. 

Meet the Board members: 

  • Lars Tallert, Head of International Policy and Development at Fojo Media Institute, Linnaeus University 
  • Yemisi Akinbobola, Director of African Women in Media (AWiM) 
  • Kristoffer Holt, Professor at Linnaeus University  
  • Melanie Walker, Executive Director Media Development and Programme Head, Women in News at the World Association of News Publishers (WAN-IFRA)  
  • Peter Berglez, Professor at Jönköping University and soon at Örebro University  
  • Supriya Verma, social entrepreneur and founder of SustainabilityX Magazine 

And they’re off to a busy start: In Bangladesh, the Management and Resources Development Initiative (MRDI) and Fojo Media Institute are about to set up a Sustainable Journalism Centre. The Environmental Investigative Forum and the Linnaeus University will collaborate to design a course on sustainable journalism. In Africa, Wits Journalism and Fojo will carry out a pilot study on sustainable journalism.  

EJN is excited to join forces with this global partnership. “At EJN, now nearly-15,000 members strong, we see the power of collaboration and networks in practice every day. Our missions are aligned with those of the Sustainable Journalism Partnership and we are looking forward to the results of its work,” says EJN’s editor and content officer Amrita Gupta, who attended the launch in Sweden. 

Become a member free of charge and get the Partnership’s monthly newsletter with first-hand information and resources on sustainable journalism here. 

Banner image: The SJP’s founder Lars Tallert with Gabriela Manuli, Deputy Director of GIJN, who moderated the conferences in Kalmar and Stockholm / Credit: Amrita Gupta.  

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