Deadline: March 1, 2020
Applications for the Internews’ Earth Journalism Network Media Workshop 2020 on Wildlife and Conservation Reporting in East Africa are now open. The workshop to be held from March 30 to April 3 in Laikipia, Kenya will focus on issues such as poaching, water management, human-wildlife conflicts and community-based conservation.
Laikipia is a vast county lying along the equator in central Kenya, where sprawling plains offer majestic views of Mt. Kenya. In addition to some of the most well-known, dynamic wildlife – such as elephants, lions and rhinos – the county is home to African wild dogs, diverse species of birds and plants and the endangered Grevy’s zebra, whose habitat is being rapidly degraded by livestock grazing.
They will be hosting the five-day workshop at the Mpala Research Centre to highlight conservation efforts in the region and explore some ways researchers, indigenous groups and local communities are involved.
Participants will have the opportunity to shadow scientists in their “living lab” as they track Grevy’s zebras and African wild dogs. They’ll also meet with experts to discuss various environmental challenges, including habitat loss, land degradation and invasive plant species and explore ways many conservancies have managed to curb poaching.
In addition to these on-the-ground experiences, they will also offer skill-building sessions that will teach participants about photo/mobile and multimedia journalism, solutions-based reporting and how to pitch story ideas.
- EJN will bear the travel, accommodation and meal costs of selected participants.
- Open to journalists from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda. Those based in Nairobi and upcountry are especially encouraged to apply.
- Self-motivated journalists interested in wildlife, environment and conservation journalism with a demonstrated track record of incisive, in-depth reporting.
- Journalists from print, television, online and radio are welcome to apply.
Selected participants must:
- Commit to attend all days of the workshop;
- Provide a letter from your editor or media outlet supporting your application. Freelance journalists are welcome to apply but must have a letter of support from a media organization that will publish or broadcast your stories;
- Be willing to post copies of any stories produced for your home media organization as a result of participating in the workshop on the EJN website.
For more information, visit Earth Journalism Network.