EJN Launches First-Ever Year-Long Reporting Fellowship

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EJN Launches First-Ever Year-Long Reporting Fellowship

To mark our 20th anniversary in 2024, EJN has launched a new year-long fellowship program for journalists to enhance their reporting over four priority areas — climate change, biodiversity, the ocean and One Health.    

With support from the Dutch Postcode Lottery, four exceptional environmental reporters were selected from a very competitive open call:  

Over the course of the year, fellows will deepen their expertise in their chosen track, while also broadening their understanding of the other three thematic areas, ensuring they are adept at producing in-depth reports that highlight the deep interlinkages between climate, health and environmental issues.   

“EJN is really excited to be launching this new year-long journalism fellowship opportunity," says EJN Executive Director James Fahn. "We especially love that it will be building capacity and boosting content across a range of environmental topics — not just climate or biodiversity or the ocean or One Health, but all of them."  

This inaugural cohort will be supported by EJN media trainers who are specialists in their area: Mike Shanahan (Biodiversity), Ricardo Garcia (Ocean), Fermín Koop (Climate Change) and Stella Paul (One Health). 

Through monthly training opportunities, fellows will build their technical skills in data journalism, mobile journalism, fact-checking, the ethical use of AI, and other areas where they’ve identified knowledge gaps. They will be provided with a quarterly stipend, and grant funding to support story production and professional development.  

"There is no shortage of stories to tell about the many environmental challenges facing humanity, but it is rare for journalists to have the freedom to report in depth on these issues. EJN's year-long fellowships will enable four highly committed journalists to immerse themselves in their chosen topics while developing their knowledge and skills through tailored support and training,” said Mike Shanahan, EJN Biodiversity trainer. 

Looking to the year ahead, Ocean Fellow Alice Martins Morias said “I am truly excited to learn about the fellowship's four thematic axes and EJN's guidelines for local coverage of issues that impact the entire planet. Beyond that, I'm looking forward to meeting the other fellows and exchanging ideas.” 

To kick things off, participants will attend an orientation and training workshop in London, England in early February. At the workshop, fellows can expect a packed agenda, which will cover global biodiversity policy, guidelines for reporting on Indigenous conservation practices, strategies to unpack climate science for audiences, best practices while reporting from global summits such as the UNFCCC COP, the crucial role of ocean diplomacy, multidisciplinary One Health approaches in local contexts, and much more.   

Fellows will also take part in informal roundtable discussions and attend networking events. 

“We’re pleased that this fellowship will provide more sustained support to journalists, which is invaluable in helping to bridge their existing knowledge gaps (particularly in little-understood, emerging areas such as One Health) and improve their reporting skills,” added Stella Paul, EJN’s One Health Trainer.  

Read more about the project and follow their progress here or follow along for updates on social media using this Twitter list.  

Banner image: Fellows will deepen their coverage of climate change and environmental degradation, highlighting what countries and communities can do to adapt, and holding governments and corporations to account for what they do (or don't do) to respond to these threats. This photo is for representative purposes only / Credit: Peter Lowe for CIMMYT via Flickr.  

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