Calling Journalists: Pitch a Food, Farming and Climate Story to Climate Tracker
Deadline: June 16, 2021
Climate Tracker is inviting journalists to pitch a Food, Farming, and Climate Story to them. With COP26, set to take place in Glasgow in November 2021, there is a key opportunity to spread awareness and build a social movement around the need to integrate just and sustainable food policies within national climate action plans.
In this sense, they hope to support the Glasgow Process, which leverages the role of local governments and farmers as a progressive force on food and climate issues through dialogue, to become a reality not just as an international movement, but as a locally understood media story. They also hope that through their model of training, paired with journalistic independence and nationally-focused publications, they will be able to support a group of young journalists to become long term agricultural policy storytellers.
Over the course of 4 months, they plan to work with a group of 6 international early-career journalism fellows to develop a series of powerful feature stories focusing on key issues and events linked to the Glasgow Process.
- Training: If selected, you will receive both collective and individual support for a period of 3 weeks. Their aim is to help you develop as a reporter, with emphasis on the field of climate, food and agricultural storytelling. At the end of the training period, you will have developed a core thematic and journalistic understanding of the issues.
- Writing and Mentoring: After the training period, you will be challenged to publish 2 stories in national media, covering the lead up and the local/national Fork to Farm Dialogue event, linked to the Glasgow Process You’ll get the chance to truly take a bite into refining your skill set and participate in collective reflections and peer learning. This time would also involve far more specific support on your individual stories and the research, drafting and editorial stages of publishing.
- In-depth Publishing: You’ll then move on to the next stage of the fellowship, which will run for 10 weeks. You will be challenged to pitch, research, investigate, and publish an in-depth story linked to the Fork to Farm Dialogue and Glasgow Process. Your story will be published in national media and we will support republication in regional or international media. They’ll be with you every step of the way, through your investigative storytelling journey and you’ll be encouraged to build on the support of all fellows. You’ll receive investigative and interviewing skills, logistical and editorial support.
- Get PAID: They offer a stipend for two months (180 EUR per month) and then a grant for an in-depth story (350 EUR).
- Open for early-career journalists and they’re specifically interested in selecting persons from the following countries/cities:
- Oyo State, Nigeria
- Palawan, Philippines
- Jayapura, Indonesia
- Mexico City, Mexico
- Quito, Ecuador
- Antwerp and Leuven, Belgium
- Kenya (coastal, border with Tanzania & highlands)
- Tanzania (Dodoma, Babate and Songea)
- They’re looking for journalists with a passion for learning and raising awareness about food systems, agriculture and climate change.
- Participating in all training and mentoring sessions.
- Fulfilling thematic based learning challenges, quizzes and materials.
- Submitting drafts of all their work to Climate Tracker team members in a timely manner.
- Following up on editorial reviews.
- Publishing 2 feature food and climate stories in national or regional newspapers. These stories would be published in the lead up to, and following the local/national Fork to Farm dialogue event you are following.
- Pitching and Publishing an in-depth story following the national Fork to Farm Dialogue event, focusing on key challenges and opportunities linked to realising sustainable food policies.
Go over to the App, sign up, sign in, and submit the URL to an open Google Document outlining:
- Your 150-200 pitch
- Link to work you’ve published
- Link to your CV
For more information, visit Climate Tracker.