Application Deadline: October 19, 2020 at 5:00pm EAT
Internews’ Earth Journalism Network is offering journalists from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, and Rwanda reporting grants of up to $2,000 to produce investigative stories that dig deep into the illegal wildlife trade and environmental crime in East Africa and beyond.
Wildlife crime and trade, rampant in East Africa, not only threatens biodiversity, but also has a bearing on climate change, security, economic stability and human health. Indeed, wildlife trafficking is suspected to have played a role in the spread of the disease driving the COVID-19 pandemic.
Wildlife trafficking is global, lucrative and in high demand, according to the latest World Wildlife Crime Reportby the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. It has also gained an increasingly prominent place on the political agenda in recent years, the report notes.
Media coverage of the illegal wildlife trade helps expose these crimes and inform the public about the risk they pose to our world. Such attention can also lead to improved legal action and the adoption of stricter laws that seek to curb wildlife trafficking.
But news stories have traditionally focused on government seizures of contraband rather than investigating why the trade thrives, supply and demand drivers or the syndicates helping make it happen.
While we’re prioritizing story proposals focused on illegal wildlife trafficking, we are also interested in other investigative pieces looking at environmental crime. These includes, but are not limited to, stories on illegal logging, mining or sand harvesting, the trade in timber, such as sandalwood, dumping of hazardous waste and overfishing.
Successful applicants are expected to put these grants toward travel for field reporting, research and production. We also expect all applicants to attend a series of virtual Investigative Media Roundtables that will begin in October. We’ll be announcing them on our opportunities page, so please check back here after applying.
The roundtables will be open for all journalists to attend, and each will focus on investigative reporting in one of the four countries listed above. In addition to providing attendees with information on wildlife trafficking, we’ll help connect them to sources and resources for their investigations.
This opportunity is part of EJN’s East Africa Wildlife Journalism project, which aims to boost coverage of conservation and wildlife issues in the region and is supported by funding from the US Department of the Interior and the US Agency for International Development (USAID).
Grants are open to professional journalists and media organizations from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda. Stories can be produced in any of the following mediums: print, television, radio or online. Some of the criteria that EJN will consider in judging the applications include:
Freelancers with a demonstrable plan for publication and a letter of interest from an editor are encouraged to apply. Similarly, photojournalists and multimedia practitioners with published visual work are also eligible.
Please note that the stories should be produced under a Creative Commons license, giving EJN and its partners and donors the right to edit, publish, broadcast, and distribute copies of these stories freely after they have been published/broadcast in the original media outlet. Full credit and a link will be provided to media organization that originally published/aired the stories.
Applicants should consider the following points when devising their story proposals:
APPLICATION DEADLINE: October 19, 2020 at 5:00pm EAT
If you encounter any difficulties submitting your application or have questions about the grants, please email [email protected].
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