Global Networks of Environmental Journalists01 January 2011 |
The following is a listing of the major global networks of environmental journalists.
Earth Journalism Network
Internews Network and Internews Europe developed the Earth Journalism Network (EJN) to empower and enable journalists from developing countries to cover the environment more effectively. Over the last 5 years, EJN has trained over 1,000 journalists from dozens of countries, who have produced over 2,000 stories during EJN activities alone. EJN’s approach is to help establish networks of environmental journalists in countries and regions where they don’t exist, and build their capacity where they do, through training workshops, support for production and distribution, dispersing small grants and fellowships, research, and the development of curricula and briefing materials. For more information see the Earth Journalism Network website.
Climate Change Media Partnership
The Climate Change Media Partnership was set up by Internews, Panos and the International Institute for Environment and Development to build support journalists in developing nations to report on climate change. Its main activity is a two-week programme of training and other forms of support during each year’s conference of parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. It has has an online Roster of Experts that journalists can use to make contact with sources of information. For more background and stories by CCMP fellows, click here.
Biodiversity Media Alliance
The Biodiversity Media Alliance was set up by Internews, IUCN and the International Institute for Environment and Development to build bridges between journalists and sources of information about the world’s biodiversity, what its decline means for humanity, and how it can be tackled. Its members include journalists, scientists, policymakers, non-governmental organisation staff and indigenous people from some the most biodiverse parts of our planet. For more information, see the Biodiversity Media Alliance website.
Network of Climate Journalists in the Greater Horn of Africa
NECJOGHA aims to enhance the interaction between climate scientists and journalists in the ten countries of the Greater Horn of Africa (Burundi, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda). In doing so it aims to increase the spread of climate information that can be easily understood by all, including policymakers and the general public. For more information see the NECJOGHA website.
Society of Environmental Journalists
The SEJ has a wide variety of resources, including tip-sheets on specific topics and practical guidance on skills like podcasting. Its “Climate change: A guide to the information and disinformation” is a US-centric resource comprises a set of links to key organizations, summaries of climate science, contact details of expert sources, information on climate skeptics and examples of outstanding coverage. The SEJ also produces the TipSheet, which give journalists bi-weekly news tips about potential environmental stories and sources, and has some other relevant material such as its list of pre- and post-hurricane resources for journalists. For more information see the SEJ website.
World Federation of Science Journalists
The World Federation of Science Journalists (WFSJ) is a non-profit organization representing 41 associations of science and technology journalists from Africa, the Americas, the Asia-Pacific, Europe and the Middle East. The WFSJ seeks to further science journalism as a bridge between science, scientists and the public. It promotes the role of science journalists as key players in civil society and democracy. The Federation’s goals are to improve the quality of science reporting, promote standards and support science and technology journalists worldwide. For more information see the WFSJ website.