Internews’ Earth Journalism Network (EJN) is offering grants to journalists in the Asia-Pacific region to support in-depth and investigative reporting on climate and environmental change that can inform at-risk communities and policy makers to make better decisions and build resilience.
Climate change is taking its toll on the Asia-Pacific, home to megacities such as Jakarta, Bangkok and Manila that are increasingly vulnerable to flooding and subsidence caused by rising sea levels and unregulated development.
At the same time, deadly tropical storms and natural disasters have hit the region with more frequency and intensity owing to rising temperatures, with coastal and low-lying areas among the most at risk. At least six super typhoons tore across the region in 2018.
Meanwhile, global warming is destroying coral reefs, marine fisheries and other habitats, putting the livelihoods that sustain rural communities in jeopardy. It’s raising the potential of health epidemics and loss of biodiversity. Some parts of Southeast Asia could see rice yields fall by half within this century if no efforts are made to adapt, according to the Asian Development Bank.
Despite the scale of the problem, many media outlets in the region, especially local ones at the frontlines of these challenges, don’t have the resources to cover them effectively nor reporters devoted to environmental coverage. This leads to a lack of stories that explain the complexity of these issues to local communities and illustrate how communities most threatened by environmental change are adapting.
EJN’s Asia-Pacific project aims to overcome these barriers by providing grants and mentorship to individual journalists to report on climate change, environment and natural resource management. This work is made possible with funding from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).
Who should apply?
Journalists (online, print, television, radio) and other expert media practitioners with a track record of reporting on climate change, natural resource management and other environmental issues. Applications from freelancers and staff from all types of media –international, national, local and community based – are welcome.
Deadline for applications: 28 February 2019
Full details: https://bit.ly/2CXVqfj