Applications are currently ongoing for the Earth Journalism Network Asia-Pacific Media Grants 2024. As part of Internews’ Earth Journalism Network’s Asia-Pacific project, the current round of grants is focused on increasing the extent and caliber of environmental reporting within the region.
Additionally, it aims to effectively reach and involve vulnerable communities by providing them with relevant information about environmental concerns and ensuring their voices are heard in the media. The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) has provided generous financial support for this project.
In this current cycle of media grants, EJN is actively seeking creative proposals from journalist networks, media organizations, civil society organizations, and academic institutions based in Asia and the Pacific. The aim is to enhance audience engagement and expand the outreach of environmental reporting. They are particularly interested in projects that address the growing issue of climate and environmental news fatigue, as well as its innovative ideas that encourage greater public involvement with environmental and climate-related media.
Moreover, EJN welcomes applications that focus on any significant environmental challenge relevant to the region. Examples of potential themes include intensive food production, climate change, air, and marine pollution, contamination caused by heavy metals, antimicrobial resistance, pesticide poisoning and pollution, biodiversity loss, wildlife trafficking, management of natural resources, and large-scale infrastructure development. Examples of supported activities could include, but are not restricted to:
- A communication and media strategy that showcases stories of climate resilience or other pertinent topics.
- A media-focused project that investigates and explains the interdependence between human, animal, and environmental health and well-being.
- Cross-border media reporting and sharing of content from various localities or countries.
- Collaboration and networking across sectors, including journalists, information providers, researchers, and government bodies.
- Partnership and community building specific to environmental coverage, for example, creating an environmental journalists’ network or an investigative environmental reporting partnership.
- Inventive tools designed to help with media investigations.
- Training and workshops for journalists, citizen journalists, or those who produce social media content.
- Institutional capacity-building initiatives focused on developing skills and knowledge regarding topics like financial reporting, monitoring and evaluation, gender inclusion, and virtual or in-person environmental reporting support.
Objectives Of The Proposed Activities
Proposed activities should:
- Strengthen the abilities of journalists, media organizations, and social media creators to generate compelling stories that are based on evidence and address the environmental consequences of human actions, as well as viable solutions to mitigate and respond to these consequences.
- Enhance the production of high-quality content and media coverage on important environmental, public health, and climate-related topics in order to grab public attention and encourage policy responses to these interrelated crises.
- Raise public awareness about the disproportionate impacts of environmental degradation on marginalized groups such as women, the impoverished, youth, indigenous peoples, and other vulnerable populations. Also, improve their access to reliable environmental information that is readily available.
- Contribute to transformative changes in government policies, environmental standards for businesses, or consumer behaviors towards a more sustainable way of life.
Grant amount and logistics
- The grant fund has a total of US$45,000 available for awards this year, aimed to be distributed among three to four projects. The amount granted for each project may vary from US$5,000 to US$15,000 based on the extent of the proposed activities.
- Media organizations, journalist networks, universities, and academic institutions that focus on environmental reporting in the Asia-Pacific region are encouraged to apply.
- Civil society organizations, community-based groups, and research institutes will also be considered, but only if they have a strong media and communication component dedicated to supporting fair and accurate environmental reporting. Applications with advocacy or political campaigning emphasis will not be accepted.
- Only applications from low- and middle-income countries in the Asia-Pacific region will be accepted. Unfortunately, applications from Nepal, Pakistan, and Central Asian or Middle Eastern countries cannot be considered.
- Applications must be submitted in English. Regrettably, applications in other languages cannot be reviewed at this time.
- EJN reserves the right to disqualify applicants if they are found to have engaged in unethical or improper professional conduct.
The jury assesses all eligible applications in relation to each other and makes funding decisions based on the program’s objectives, available funds, and the following evaluation criteria:
- The proposal’s overall quality and the effectiveness of the project design will be considered.
- Significance of the proposed project in aligning with the objectives and priorities of this grant program;
- The potential of the proposed project to create a positive impact or bring about desirable changes;
- Originality and inventiveness of the proposed activities;
- Financial feasibility and efficiency of the proposed project;
- The capability of the applicant to successfully execute the project;
- Geographic distribution of the grant recipients.
To begin your application for the Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award 2024, you need to:
- Create an account with EJN by clicking on the button located at the top center of their official page.
- Access the application form
- Submit your application for the award
- Ensure that your application is submitted prior to the deadline, as late submissions will not be considered.
For further details please visit EJN’s official website.
December 3, 2023.
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