Earth Journalism Network Asia-Pacific Media Grants 2023

Earth Journalism Network Asia-Pacific Media Grants 2023

Earth Journalism Network Asia-Pacific Media Grants 2023

Interested applicants are invited to apply for Earth Journalism Network Asia-Pacific Media Grants 2023. Globally, unsustainable consumption and production patterns are fueling the triple planetary crisis of climate change, nature and biodiversity loss, and pollution and waste. A ‘polycrisis’ that the UN Secretary-General António Guterres has warned is humanity’s number one existential threat.

In the past three years, the Covid-19 pandemic has exposed human’s vulnerability and provided a small glimpse to the destruction viral spill over can create, if preventive actions to address intensive farming, encroachment of natural habitats, wildlife trading and other environmental root causes are not taken. It also underlines the urgency and importance of recognising that the health and wellbeing of humans, animals and their environments are intrinsically linked.

This round of grants is awarded as part of the Earth Journalism Network’s Asia-Pacific project, which aims to boost the quantity and quality of environmental coverage in the region and empower at-risk communities by informing them about environmental issues and amplifying their voices in the media. This project has received generous financial support from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).

Project Themes

In this round of media grants, we are seeking innovative ideas from journalist networks, media organizations, civil society organizations and academic institutions throughout Asia and the Pacific that would strengthen public awareness of the interconnection of human, animal and environmental health, and the need for collaborative and multidisciplinary solutions to humanity’s biggest threats.

Examples of activities that can be supported include, but are not limited to:

  • An environmental reporting project that highlights the interdependence of the health and well-being of humans, animals, and their environments. Examples of themes include intensive food production, climate change, heavy metal contamination, antimicrobial resistance, pesticide poisoning and pollution, biodiversity loss, wildlife trafficking, natural resources management, and large-scale infrastructure development.
  • Transboundary reporting projects and content sharing among media outlets based in different localities or countries.
  • Cross-sectoral collaborations and knowledge exchange between journalists, information providers and other key actors, such as researchers and governmental bodies.
  • Partnerships and network building for environmental reporting, such as the formation of an environmental journalists’ network or an investigative environmental reporting partnership.
  • Innovative tools to support media investigation into environmental threats and the distribution of environmental stories.
  • Institutional capacity building activities that build skills and knowledge on topics, such as but not limited to, financial reporting, monitoring and evaluation, gender inclusion, and in-person or virtual activities that support environmental reporting.

Objectives

Proposed activities should contribute to the following objectives:

    • Strengthen the capacity of journalists and media organizations to produce high-quality, evidence-based and engaging environmental stories on the consequences of human impacts on the environment and viable solutions to mitigate and respond to these impacts.
    • Increase high-quality content and media coverage on key environmental themes to focus public attention on the interdependence of the health and well-being of humans, and their environments.
    • Increase public attention to the disproportionate impacts of environmental degradation on women, the poor, youth, indigenous peoples, and other vulnerable groups and increase their access to high-quality, publicly available environmental information.
    • Contribute to positive changes in government policies, businesses environmental standards or consumer habits for a more sustainable way of life.

Eligibility

Media organizations, journalist networks, universities and academic institutions focusing on environmental reporting in the Asia and Pacific region are welcome to apply. Civil society organizations, community-based groups and research institutes will also be considered – but only those with strong media and communication components that are dedicated to supporting fair and accurate environmental reporting. Please note that we will not consider applications rooted in advocacy or political campaigning.

For the purpose of this call, we are only accepting applications from low-and-middle-income countries in the Asia-Pacific region. We are unfortunately, unable to accept applications from Pakistan, and Central Asian or Middle Eastern countries. Examples of eligible activities include but are not limited to:

  • Training workshops;
  • Development of reporters’ resources and e-learning tools;
  • Development of new digital tools;
  • Story grants for journalists;
  • Mentoring of journalists;
  • Special reporting projects;
  • Networking and partnership activities for journalists;
  • Development of new storytelling platforms;
  • Establishment of a journalist network.

Judging Criteria

Grants will be awarded competitively through a judging process. The panel of judges will consist of Internews staff and experts in environmental reporting. Following a first-round review, potential grantees will be shortlisted. The jury may interview shortlisted applicants to seek further information on the proposed activity. The jury will then reconvene again after the interviews to make a final selection of the grantees.

The jury evaluates all eligible applications in a comparative context and makes funding decisions based on the availability of funds, the program objectives, and the following assessment criteria:

  • overall quality of the proposal and effectiveness of the project design;
  • relevance of the proposed project in contributing to the objectives and priorities of this grant program;
  • potential of proposed project to bring about positive change;
  • innovation of the proposed activities;
  • financial viability and cost-effectiveness of the proposed project;
  • the ability of the applicant to carry it out;
  • geographical spread of the grantees.

How To Apply

  1. Fill in the online application form by clicking the “Apply Now” button located on the top right of the page.
  2. If you have an existing account, you’ll need to log in. If not, you will need to create an account by clicking “Join the Network” on the top right of the page.
  3. If you start the application and want to come back and complete it later you can click “Save Draft.” To return to your draft, you’ll need to go back to the opportunity and click “Apply Now” again to finalize the application.
  4. All applicants are required to submit a budget with the application form. Please download this template now and use it to build your project budget.

Deadline: January 31, 2023

Apply Now 

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