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About EJN

Created in 2004, EJN is now a truly global network of reporters and media outlets in virtually every region of the world.

Environmental and climate change reporting is now more urgent than ever, but journalists face myriad and mounting challenges in covering these topics. The media industry is in crisis, and misinformation is on the rise. Reporters working for cash-strapped news agencies often don't have the resources to research a story properly; freelancers, even less so. That’s where EJN comes in.

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This century, every story is a climate story

Internews’ Earth Journalism Network (EJN) is here to ensure that media everywhere know how to tell it.

Our mission

Our mission is to strengthen local journalism that serves communities and policymakers on the frontlines of climate and environmental crises, enabling them to shape solutions, hold power to account and demand action.

Watch the video below to learn more about our work. 

Our 25,000+ members are located in 200+ countries and territories

Note: This map represents user data from registered members who chose to disclose their country of residence. 

EJN's Timeline

2004

Internews founds the Earth Journalism Network (EJN) with the help of journalist James Fahn, now Executive Director, with the goal to improve the quality and quantity of climate and environmental journalism around the world. 

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2005

EJN receives its first grant for a program in Asia, which focused on biodiversity reporting in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia.

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2006

EJN launches its first biodiversity media project in Southeast Asia, a grant program to support local networks of journalists. One of those networks, the Thai Society of Environmental Journalists, remains active today.

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2007

EJN brings journalists to Bali, Indonesia for the UNFCCC COP13 as part of the first Climate Change Media Partnership (CCMP). Since then, we’ve brought more than 500 journalists to the UNFCCC COPs as part of the CCMP, EJN’s longest-running and most popular program.

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2008

Ahead of the Olympics in Beijing, EJN holds environmental journalism trainings in China and launches the first activities under the Ocean Media Initiative.

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2009

The Third Pole geojournalism media outlet is founded through a partnership with China Dialogue to focus on climate coverage in the Himalayan region. Its stories would go on to win an award from Covering Climate Now.

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2012

EJN brings journalist fellows to the Rio+20 Summit and works with local partners to support the launch of InfoAmazonia, the first environmental media outlet to focus on data journalism about threats to the world’s largest rainforest and its people.

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2014

EJN launches InfoCongo, a geojournalism outlet focused on the Congo Basin rainforest, which was our first multi-year environmental journalism project in Africa.

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2015

The Paris Agreement is signed at COP21 with 40 EJN journalists in attendance. Meanwhile, EJN launches the Biodiversity Media Initiative to support improved reporting on the biodiversity crisis.

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2017

We launch EJN Asia-Pacific, a multi-year initiative under local leadership that has grown into our largest program ever, along with another major new project focused specifically on climate resilience reporting in India and Bangladesh. The number of stories supported by EJN crosses the 10,000 mark.

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2020

EJN rapidly switches to online programming at the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, leading virtual workshops and developing the first of several online courses to come, to help journalists understand the environmental origins of zoonotic diseases.

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2021

EJN hosts its 100th workshop and brings 20 journalist fellows to Glasgow for COP26. New research is released, looking into how, when and why EJN-supported stories impact public policy and debate.

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2022

EJN launches new programming in the Amazon and Mediterranean regions, focused on environmental and oceanic crime respectively; meanwhile, EJN’s staff grows to include people in more than 20 countries.

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2023

EJN launches its most ambitious research project, in collaboration with Deakin University, to survey the current status of climate and environmental journalism around the world, and trains its 15,000th journalist.

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2024

EJN celebrates its 20th anniversary, at a time when supporting climate and environmental journalism is more urgent than ever.

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