- Eligibility criteria:
– Be a professional journalist from or representing an established media house and reporting from a low or middle income country in Africa;
– Be of African citizenship;
– Have a good command of the English language;
– Have previous experience reporting on desertification and degradation issues, and can clearly indicate the kinds of stories they might pursue during the conference;
– Be available between the 7th-20th May 2022;
- Type of funding: Fellowship
- Target country/ies: African continent
- Application language: English
Internews’ Earth Journalism Network (EJN) is pleased to announce a virtual fellowship program that will support selected African journalists to cover the 15th Conference of the Parties (COP 15) to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) taking place in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, in May 2022. The UNCCD COP15 will be a key gathering to review progress made to control and reverse further loss of productive land from desertification, land degradation and drought. The theme for this year’s event – ‘Land. Life. Legacy: From scarcity to prosperity’ – is a call to action to ensure land, the lifeline on this planet, continues to benefit present and future generations.
10 African journalists will be awarded virtual fellowships and receive training, mentorship, and other support to facilitate remote reporting on this important event. They are particularly keen to hear from journalists with a background in reporting on land use, or any of the other key issues relevant to the conference.
Selected fellows will have the opportunity to engage with their fellowship cohort and share knowledge and ideas for effective reporting on the issues. They will benefit from a series of specially designed activities, including an orientation workshop, daily briefings, mentoring, and interviews and sessions with high level officials. Veteran regional journalists will provide valuable insight into the proceedings from on the ground in Abidjan, as well as tools, resources, editing and guidance as needed to support fellows story production.
All fellows will also receive a communications stipend, to ensure that they have consistent access to the virtual activities of the fellowship.
See here to learn more and apply.
Organisation: Earth Journalism Network