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Our Impact

Our work has improved the environment — and people's lives.

The journalists in our network strive to make sure those in power are held accountable, that communities — especially those which have been historically marginalized — are well-informed and have their voices heard. 

Around the world, the journalism that EJN supports has mobilized communities, changed government policies and held climate and environmental polluters to account. The training, mentoring and connections that EJN provides to journalists has led to career advancements, awards and recognition and groundbreaking new initiatives.

This page catalogues some of the many impacts members of our community have achieved through their reporting.

If you've worked with us and know your story helped catalyze change on the ground, please get in touch.  

Impact Stories by EJN

development on Playa Salguero

EJN-Supported Story on Coastal Erosion in Colombia Catalyzes More Media Coverage and Public Engagement

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EJN-Supported Story Bolsters Support for Nature-Based Solutions for Coastal Resilience in Siargao Island, Philippines

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EJN-Supported Story on Participatory Mangrove Restoration Helps to Strengthen Security in Protected Areas on Colombian Islands

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a southern white rhino grazing

EJN-Supported Story Sparks Community Debate on Conservation — Hastening Reintroduction of White Rhinos in Ajai Wildlife Reserve, Uganda

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Digging Deeper: In Uganda, EJN-Supported Sand Mining Story Paves Way for Stronger Mining and Minerals Bill

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EJN Data Journalism Fellow’s Report Leads to Tighter Oversight of Illegal Sand Mining in Vietnam

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EJN-Supported Stories Hastened Development of Anoa Breeding Ground in Sulawesi, Indonesia

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The Kadar tribe in Anamalai Forest

EJN-Supported Documentary Primes Long-Awaited Victory for Indigenous Community in Tamil Nadu, India

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Activists from the Committee Against Bird Slaughter, an anti-poaching organization, spotted this suspected bird trapper near Cagliari, Italy. After a two-day search, they reported finding 28 trapping nets he'd allegedly set up / Credit: Jacopo Benini

Songbird Smuggler Named in EJN-Supported Story Apprehended by Italian Police

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Odisha Government’s Resettlement Efforts Accelerated by EJN Grantee’s Report on Coastal Erosion

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Timber in piles at Korona Logging Camp in the Solomon Islands

Logging Exposé in the Solomon Islands Leads to Timber Companies’ Suspension

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Delayed for 10 Years, Fijian Village Threatened by Sea Level Rise Begins Relocation After EJN Journalist’s Story

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An Arab Lynx, an endangered species, killed July 2020. Credit: Holm Akhdar

Yemeni Grantee Shines Spotlight on the Environmental Impacts of War

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Coverage of Heatwaves in Pakistani Slums Garners Attention, Sparks Policy Changes Among Local Officials

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Sustained reporting can — and does — make a difference.

We document how the environmental coverage we support leads to informed debate, action and policy change, and how media outlets and journalists can increase the potential impact of the stories they produce.

In an era when the media must fight for its very existence, when journalists come under verbal and physical attack and local news deserts are multiplying, it is important that we understand and demonstrate the impact that good reporting can have.

We know that accurate, engaging information that resonates with people can help effect positive change. And we want to show that it does so people will understand why good journalism matters and why we need to support it.

It can be difficult to make a direct connection between journalism and shifts in government policies, community practices or public behavior. Over the last two decades, we’ve developed a tried-and-tested methodology that allows us to investigate whether the stories we support spark change and how they do so. 

Documenting EJN’s impact

We research the impact of our support in a systematic way.

We are in regular contact with the journalists and media organizations we support to see if they can identify changes in their community that might plausibly be connected to the story they produced. 

We then seek evidence aimed at answering the following questions: 

  • Can we confirm the change happened as described? 
  • Is there a credible link between the change noted and coverage supported by EJN? Can we gather robust evidence of this link? 
  • What contribution, if any, did the support of EJN play in this outcome? 

We talk to independent stakeholders involved in the outcomes to help shine a light on these areas. We collect information from different sources to cross-check and verify the information we obtain. 

For example, we reached out to a government official to find out whether a story published by one of our grantees on the dangers of living in a Karachi slum had informed their decision to legalize the informal settlement. The informant confirmed the story had indeed contributed to the government taking action and brought attention to an issue that had long been ignored. 

Sometimes we are able to verify a connection between real-world change and media coverage, but not always. Either way, our approach allows us to better understand how change occurs. And this information is valuable for our network, the media sector at large, and our donors and supporters.

How is this different from advocacy?

As a media development organization and professional community of journalists, our goal in supporting improved coverage of the environmental and climate crises and its impacts is not to advocate for any specific cause or solution, but to ensure that the public and policymakers everywhere are informed about the urgent challenges that society faces and take action to mitigate and adapt to them. We seek to understand when and how this information influences debate, behavior and policy to help us determine what kind of support journalists need to produce reporting that makes an impact.