Climate Tracker Media Research on Coverage of Plastics in Southeast Asia 2021

Climate Tracker Media Research on Coverage of Plastics in Southeast Asia 2021

Deadline: March 7, 2021

Applications are open for the Climate Tracker Media Research on Coverage of Plastics in Southeast Asia 2021. They are searching for emerging journalists and researchers from across Southeast Asia, who will go through an online research training fellowship over a period.

Following a 4 week online training, they will select the top 5 researchers for a 10 week Research Fellowship. These researchers will aim to analyse the coverage of up to 5 publications in their respective country, over the previous 18 months. Also, one additional researcher will explore regional media sources. 

This research will be focused on developing a clearer regional media coverage map while also interviewing several journalists to outline their challenges, needs for support and capacity building. It also aims to create brand awareness for Break Free from Plastic and to build their relationship with media in the region. Throughout this period, Climate Tracker will facilitate bi-weekly group trainings and individual mentoring sessions.

The Research

This research will play a critical role in assessing this shift. In each country, they will aim to map:

  • If and how the media’s coverage of plastic waste has changed
  • The trends in framing ‘plastic bans’ and other regulatory shifts
  • How publications have shifted their framing, and which publications have shifted the most
  • What key journalists and editors feel about these changes, and what are the biggest influences on their coverage
  • How the pandemic has affected the media coverage of plastic waste
  • How can organization like Break Free from Plastic help journalists and editors in their coverage.


  • The 4 week training and mentoring period will give you both individualised support, as well as collective and collaborative experience to help you develop both as researchers and in the field of understanding regional plastics policy. 
  • During the training period, fellows will be working on a mini-analysis of their own, that would be supported by a €60 stipend, upon submission of their final work. This research project would be the basis of the final selections at the end of the 4 week training. Selected fellows at the end of the training may received up to $800.
  • Climate Tracker’s Mentoring Process has been specifically designed to support your individual research processes, as well as to reflect on collective challenges. The mentoring experience will include bi-weekly group calls, as well as individual mentoring, drafting and editing. It will seek to guide their work through:
    • Initial data collection
    • Categorisation
    • Framing analysis
    • Interviews 
    • Analysis
    • Drafting
    • Final Reflection


  • Open to journalists between ages 18-35 from Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand.
  • Participants must be able to analyze articles in both their national language and English.
  • Having experience or background in the environmental field will be a plus.
  • People with a full-time job are welcome to apply, given the timing flexibility of the research project.


As well as the final, regional report, each fellow will also be supported to engage in a series of other outputs highlighting key themes coming up in their work. Through Climate Tracker’s team, each fellow will be supported to:

  • Write 1 mini analysis of their findings mid-way through the research process, as well as 1 final article, summarising their research. 
  • Engage in 1 Podcast episode, talking about their research findings. 
  • Conduct 1 Webinar session, highlighting their research findings, alongside regional media institutions and NGOs.

As such, the collective final outputs will include:

  • 1 Final Report.
  • 10 articles discussing the research (to be published on both Climate Tracker and our partner’s website).
  • Between 1-3 Podcast episodes discussing the research findings.
  • 1 Webinar discussing the research and its findings.


Show your experience in journalism, media research, and environmental issues! Why would you be the best person for this opportunity?

Click here to apply

For more information, visit Climate Tracker.