Earth Journalism Network (EJN) Coastal Resilience Story Grants 2022

The Earth Journalism Network (EJN) Coastal Resilience Story Grants 2022 are now accepting applications.

EJN is awarding reporting funds to journalists all around the globe to help them produce in-depth articles on coastal resilience and solutions to coastal challenges.

Overview of the Earth Journalism Network Grants

Coastal communities are facing existential threats as a result of climate change. Around 40% of the world’s population now lives within 100 kilometers of the coast, placing them at risk from climate change’s worst consequences.

Without adaptation, the world’s 136 biggest coastal towns may incur losses of $1.6 to $3.2 trillion by 2050 due to sea-level rise alone.

Worse, many of them may be half submerged. The new IPCC report reaffirmed what populations living on the margin of land and water have long known: their prospects are “dismal” unless emissions are drastically reduced.

Coastal communities and officials, on the other hand, have limited access to knowledge regarding climate change remedies.

In order to successfully transmit sophisticated climate change information regarding coastal challenges, media and other information providers in coastal communities need resources.

To address climate change risks and assist resilience development, we need clear, timely, and actionable information.

To remedy this need, the EJN is awarding 15 story grants to journalists, with funding from the Kingfisher Foundation, to cover coastal resilience in their communities.

Journalist mentors and a coastal resilience specialist will work with these journalists to boost media coverage of this vital subject in their area.

Story themes for the Earth Journalism Network Grants

They’re looking for narrative ideas that include topics including ecosystem repair, livelihood, and food security, housing and infrastructure, land use and development, controlled retreat, and more.

They’re especially interested in cross-border cooperation and stories that look at comparable initiatives and solutions (such as living shorelines, reef and island restoration, and so on) across different locations.

Proposals focusing on themes or stories that have not received much attention are preferred.

Issues that have gotten a lot of media attention or that don’t present novel perspectives on environmental issues are less likely to be chosen.

Earth Journalism Network Grants

They plan to offer a total of 15 awards, each with a $1,000 budget.

In general, lower budget submissions will be more competitive, but bigger grant amounts may be considered for stories that use creative, collaborative, or investigative tactics that may be more expensive and time-consuming.

Requirements for the Earth Journalism Network Grants

  • Applicants may come from any place in the globe, although those from coastal countries who are reporting on their own communities are favored.
  • Journalist groups, especially those from various countries looking to develop a cross-border project, are qualified.
  • The application must, however, be submitted in the name of one lead applicant. If funds are approved, lead applicants are responsible for contacting EJN and receiving monies on behalf of the organization. The judging panel will look kindly at groups of journalists who want to generate cross-border stories.
  • EJN will only accept applications in English, Spanish, French, Bahasa Indonesia, and Portuguese for the purposes of this grant opportunity. They are now unable to accept proposals in other languages due to a lack of resources.
  • Applicants must be able to communicate in English or have a translation ready to help them in communicating with Internews employees.
  • Journalists from any medium (online, print, television, radio) and other skilled media practitioners with professional reporting expertise and a history of covering environmental concerns are encouraged to apply.
  • They welcome submissions from freelance reporters and employees from worldwide, national, local, and community-based media organizations.
  • If candidates are determined to have participated in unethical or inappropriate professional activity, EJN retains the right to exclude them from consideration.

Criteria for Evaluation

When writing their narrative suggestions, applicants should keep the following elements in mind.

Is the proposal relevant to the call’s criteria and objectives? What is the significance of this narrative, and to whom does it matter? Is there a clear definition of the key concept, context, and overall value to the intended audience?

Angle: If the narrative has already been told, does your idea provide new information or a unique perspective on the subject?

Impact: Is there a fascinating story or investigative aspect in the plan that will enlighten and engage, attract attention, spark discussion, and demand action?

Innovative storytelling will be a bonus, as will the use of innovative techniques, multimedia, and data visualization.

How to Apply for the Earth Journalism Network Grants

Using the form given, all applicants must provide a complete budget with a rationale for the amount sought.

After the deadline, applications will not be accepted.

To apply, click this link.

Deadline for application: February 17, 2022

For more details, visit Earth Journalism Network

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