Deadline: June 30, 2019
Applications for the Earth Journalism Network Asia-Pacific Health-Related Climate Change Story Grants 2019 are now open. Internews’ Earth Journalism Network (EJN) is offering grants to journalists in the Asia-Pacific region to support data-driven, investigative reporting on the health impacts of climate and environmental change.
They are seeking data-driven or investigative stories in any country or countries within the Asia-Pacific region, with a particular emphasis on how women and other marginalized groups (including youth, indigenous people, ethnic minorities and people with disabilities) are impacted by climate and environmental change. They encourage stories that report on potential solutions and address how vulnerable communities are responding to challenges. They are also interested in stories that utilize relevant data to illustrate the issue in a compelling and easy-to-understand way.
- EJN expects to award around 10 small grants at an average grant size of US$2,000 each. They will consider awarding a higher grant amount for stories that require more time and resources to produce.
- Open to journalists (online, print, television, radio) and other expert media practitioners with a track record of reporting on climate change, health and the intersection between the two. They encourage applications from freelancers and staff from all types of media – international, national, local and community-based.
- For this round of grants, they are looking for applications from both:
- Early career journalists with less than 5 years of reporting experience and;
- Mid-level/senior reporters who have at least 5 years of experience.
- For the purposes of this grant call, they are accepting applications from South Asia, Southeast Asia, East Asia and the Pacific region but not Australia or New Zealand. They are also unable to accept applications from Pakistan at this time.
- Stories can be produced in any language. But applicants who intend to write or produce stories in their local language need to also include an English translation.
- Text-based stories: 1,000 to 3,000 words
- Photo stories: 10-20 images with descriptive captions and a short 200-400 word introduction
- Multimedia package: Text between 600 to 1,500 words with 2-4 minute video and/or graphics, photos and maps
- Broadcast: Video piece around 4-6 minutes in length with a short, roughly 200-word introduction
- Audio report/podcast: Feature of up to 20 minutes in length with short text to summarize the audio.
Applicants should consider the following points when devising their story proposals
- Timing: They expect the proposed story or stories to be published by 31 December 2019.
- Relevance: Does the proposal meet the criteria and objectives? Why does this story matter and to whom? Is the main idea, context and overall value to the target audience clearly defined?
- Angle: If the story has been covered by mainstream media, does your proposal bring new insights into the topic or offer a fresh angle?
- Impact: Does the proposal have a compelling narrative or investigative element that will inform and engage, draw attention, trigger debate and urge action?
- Innovative storytelling: The use of creative approaches and data visualization will be considered a plus.
- Feasibility: Can the story be realistically completed within the target time frame? Is the budget realistic?
- Diversity: They will take gender and geographical distribution into account when selecting the grantees in addition to the criteria above.
- Each application will require a detailed budget proposal. Download and complete the budget form before beginning the application since you’ll be asked to attach it.
- In addition to answering the questions on the form, they ask that every applicant submit a resume/CV and three samples of your reporting.
For more information, visit EJN Grants.