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Climate Change Media Partnership 2018 Reporting Fellowships (Expanded)

April 19, 2018
Apply to report from both the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco and the UN Climate Negotiations in Katowice, Poland.
**APPLICATION UPDATE: We have extended the deadline to May 4, 2018 at 5pm EDT. Please contact info.ejn@internews.org with any questions.

The Climate Change Media Partnership (CCMP), led by Internews’ Earth Journalism Network and the Stanley Foundation this year, is pleased to announce an expanded Fellowship program for journalists. Successful applicants will have the opportunity to attend two major climate change summits taking place in 2018: the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco, United States, and the 24th Conference of the Parties (COP 24) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Katowice, Poland.

The deadline for sending applications is May 4, 2018.

Formed by Internews’ Earth Journalism Network (EJN), Panos London and the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), the CCMP has brought developing country journalists to the annual UN climate summits since 2007. This has enabled them to cover the summit for their home media organizations, work with experienced and knowledgeable journalists from around the world, and gain a multifaceted understanding of climate change's global impact. The 2018 Fellowship program will be a partnership between EJN (with support from the Swedish International Development Agency) and the Stanley Foundation.

This year, a group of 15-20  journalists will be selected to attend both the Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS), to be held this September in San Francisco, United States and the second week of the UN climate negotiations (COP 24) in Katowice, Poland in December 2018. The GCAS will be a key gathering of non-state actors and sub-national governments working towards the Paris Agreement goal to keep global temperature rise well below 2 degrees Celsius from pre-industrial levels. The Summit will take place just eleven weeks ahead of COP 24, when the world’s leaders will gather in Poland to participate in the “stock-taking” of progress since the Paris Agreement was signed. 

As part of this expanded program, the 2018 CCMP partners will cover nonrefundable economy-class airfare, hotel, meals, and transportation in both locations. We will also reimburse for meal and other transport expenses in transit, help with the press accreditation process, and provide other support services relating to the trips. Please note that the process of obtaining any necessary visas is a Fellow's responsibility; however, visa costs can be reimbursed.

At the GCAS and COP 24, Fellows will engage with other participants and Fellowship program organizers in a series of specially designed activities, including an orientation session, daily breakfast briefings, and interviews and briefings with high-level officials.

To be eligible for the Fellowship, applicants must:

  • Be a professional journalist from or representing an established media house, and reporting from a developing country;
  • Fill out the application form using the link below, including answering essay questions that illustrate his/her experience reporting on climate change issues and the kinds of stories you might pursue at the conferences;
  • Be available to travel so that you can attend both events: arriving in San Francisco, California on September 10th and departing on Sept 15th, and arriving in Katowice, Poland on December 7th and departing on Dec 15th.
  • Commit to participate in all Fellowship activities;
  • Provide a letter of support from an editor, producer or supervisor who can confirm your ability to publish or broadcast your material in an established media organization. Freelancers are welcome to apply, but must provide a letter of support.

Criteria for evaluating applicants will include the prospective Fellow's demonstrated experience covering climate change and other environmental topics, their interest in continued coverage of these issues, and their audience and outlet reach. 

As part of the application process, journalists will be asked to submit examples of their work. These can be uploaded as pasted text or links; stories can be sent in a native language as long as they are accompanied by a short English synopsis. A good command of English, however, will be needed to answer the essay questions and will also be important to participate in Fellowship activities.

The CCMP fully respects the editorial independence of all journalists. Throughout the conference, Fellows are free to report as they see fit. As well as the requirements above, we ask that journalists agree to cross-post all stories they file during the Global Climate Action Summit and COP 24 on the Earth Journalism Network website and local and regional partner sites (it is okay if the story is first published or broadcast by a Fellow’s home media outlet).