- March 31, 2023 statement: "#SEJ2023 Boise: SEJ Stands With Members Impacted by Restrictions to Reproductive Healthcare and Anti-LGBTQ+ Legislation"
- March 9, 2023 statement: "SEJ Stands With Environmental Journalists of Color Affected by Systemic Racism"
- June 9, 2020 statement: "SEJ Stands With Journalists of Color Speaking Out About Systemic Racism"
- Read the mission statement and objectives of SEJ's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee (DEIC).
- Contact SEJ board member Rico Moore.
- Know of a good resource for this page? Email your suggestion to SEJ's web content manager Cindy MacDonald.
"We can't build a strong new media if their content and staffs are not diverse. New media cannot afford to make the same mistakes as old media, especially in the face of a changing America. More journalists of color have to take chances and innovate." — Retha Hill
- Green 2.0’s Environmental Experts of Color Database
- Journalism Jobs for Minorities
- Global Media and the Environment, a Facebook group started by SEJ, is a vibrant place with group members from all over the world sharing a broad range of environmental news.
- IWMF Physical Safety and Hostile Environment Training, resources including Hostile Environment and First Aid Training (HEFAT) at no cost to women and nonbinary journalists in the U.S.
- Oxpeckers Center for Investigative Environmental Journalism, a nonprofit based in Africa, "combines traditional investigative reporting with data analysis and geo-mapping tools to expose eco-offences and track organised criminal syndicates."
- Reporting in Indigenous Communities, Duncan McCue's online educational guide to assist journalists who report in Indigenous communities.
- The Open Notebook's Guide to Tracking Source Diversity
- The Uproot Project, a network for journalists of color who cover environmental issues, as well as students and others aspiring to cover this beat.
Events & Opportunities
4th World Media Lab
This year-long, expenses-paid fellowship is for emerging and mid-career Indigenous filmmakers, offering artist development workshops (and $10,000 grant), training and networking at the 2024 Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, Seattle International Film Festival and Camden International Film Festival. Deadline: Nov 30, 2023.
Prague Media Point Conference
This theme of this year's in-person conference is "What's Working: Sustainable Media System for a Viable Democracy." The focus is on investigative journalism, on cross-border and cross-sectoral collaborations between journalists and media, and on the wider frame of media regulations that are being developed in Europe. Program. December 1 @ 9am-7pm CET.
GRID-Arendal Investigative Environmental Journalism Grants
GRID-Arendal (a UNEP partner) is offering six grants of NOK 20,000 (~US$1800) in 2024 for experienced environmental investigative journalists, staff or freelance, working globally on the issues of organized environmental crime in developing countries. Applications from candidates with diverse backgrounds are encouraged. Deadline: Dec 4, 2023.
IIJ Freelance Webinar Series
The Institute for Independent Journalists — an education, professional development and mutual support organization for independent journalists focusing on Black, Indigenous and people of color — invites freelance journalists to attend their upcoming free webinar series on Fridays from 12:00-1:15 p.m. ET. Topics include health and science journalism (Sep 29), sustaining your long-form journalism career (Oct 27), business and personal finance (Nov 17), travel and lifestyle writing (Dec 8), insurance for freelancers (Jan 19) and more.
Science Writers and Communicators of Canada's Book Awards
SWCC honors outstanding contributions to Canadian science writing with cash prizes of $1,000 in two categories (children and general public), as well as the $500 Paradigm Prize for Underrepresented Perspectives in Science Writing, selected from the shortlist of finalists. Eligible Paradigm Prize recipients include a first-time author, an author/illustrator from an equity-seeking or underrepresented background, and/or work published by a small press or independent publisher. Deadline: Dec 8, 2023.
IWMF Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award
This International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF) award honors Pulitzer Prize-winning AP photographer Anja Niedringhaus, who was killed on assignment in Afghanistan in 2014. Open to women, non-binary and gender nonconforming photojournalists of any nationality whose work inspires us to take action and better understand the world. The winner will be publicly honored, have their work showcased and receive a cash prize of $20,000. Apply yourself or submit a nomination. Deadline: Dec 17, 2023.
IWMF Kim Wall Memorial Fund
The International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF) annually provides $5,000 grants to journalists whose work embodies the spirit of Kim's reporting. The grant will fund women or non-binary reporters covering subculture, broadly defined, and what Kim liked to call "the undercurrents of rebellion." Deadline: Dec 17, 2023.
Rainforest Investigations Network Reporting Fellowships
The Pulitzer Center's RIN seeks to harness investigative reporting and cross-border collaboration to tackle deforestation stories at the intersection of climate change, corruption, and governance in the world’s three main tropical rainforest regions: Amazon, Congo Basin and Southeast Asia. Deadline: Dec 20, 2023.
AAAS Diverse Voices in Science Journalism Internship
This paid summer internship, June 3, 2024 to August 20, 2024 (approx.), is for undergraduate students who are deeply committed to diversity and interested in pursuing journalism as a career. It takes place at the Washington, DC headquarters of the American Association for the Advancement of Science's Science magazine, the largest interdisciplinary journal in the world, under the guidance of award-winning reporters and editors. Includes travel to D.C. Living accommodations and expenses are the responsibility of the intern. Deadline: Jan 5, 2024.
East-West Center International Media Conference
Manila, Philippines, June 23-26, 2024
National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) Annual Conference
Hollywood, California, Jul 9-13, 2024
Indigenous Media Conference (formerly the the National Native Media Conference)
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Jul 25-27, 2024
The Daily Yonder's Rural Reporting Fellowship
This paid fellowship is geared toward any emerging professional or college student eager to sharpen their journalistic craft or build a portfolio of published work, especially those who embody the growing diversity of rural America. Fellowships take place each fall, spring and summer, lasting for an initial term of 12 weeks, with the opportunity for extension depending upon the fellow’s availability and newsroom needs. Fellows are able to work from anywhere in the United States. For an in-person experience, there are offices and core staff in Whitesburg, Kentucky, Knoxville, Tennessee, Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Minnesota and Roseburg, Oregon. Rolling deadline.
IWMF Black Journalists Therapy Relief Fund
The BJTRF and International Women’s Media Foundation provide assistance for Black journalists (globally, freelancers or staffers) facing financial hardship who are unable to pay for the mental health support they need. Open to all genders (including men), ages, experience levels and backgrounds. Rolling deadline.
IWMF Howard G. Buffet Fund for Women Journalists
This funding initiative enables the International Women’s Media Foundation to dramatically expand its support of women journalists reporting on issues of global importance that are typically under-reported. Funding rounds open for applications in January and June of each year. Rolling deadline.
IWMF Fund for Indigenous Journalists: Reporting on Missing & Murdered Women, Girls, Two-Spirit and Transgender People (MMIWG2T)
The Howard G. Buffett Foundation has given the International Women’s Media Foundation a $750,000 grant to establish a three-year fund supporting U.S.-based reporting projects by Indigenous journalists on the issue. Rolling deadline.
Pulitzer Center Your Work/Environment Grants
New in Spring 2022, this reporting initiative is focused on climate change and its effects on workers and work. Open to freelance and staff journalists with reporting ideas especially from regions in Southeast Asia, Europe, Africa and South America in any format: print, digital, broadcast TV, radio and film projects, as well as data and computer-assisted journalism. Grants range from $10,000-$25,000 per project. Rolling deadline.
Past and/or Recurring:
Caribbean Climate Journalism Awards
Climate Tracker, in partnership with Open Society Foundations, launches this inaugural competition aiming to recognize and celebrate outstanding journalism focused on climate change and environmental issues within the Caribbean region. Each awardee will receive USD$400. Deadline: Nov 22, 2023.
Programa de Mentorías en Periodismo Climático
Climate Tracker is offering eight media mentorship fellowships for young journalists covering climate change and energy transition in Latin America and the Caribbean. The online program is for a three-month duration. Deadline: Nov 19, 2023.
Three-Part Legal Training in Spanish for Journalists
These free Fall 2023 online courses in Spanish are part of the Reporters Committee's ProJourn collaboration with Microsoft and Davis Wright Tremaine. Register for one or all: Newsgathering rights (Oct 18); Pre-publication review of articles, podcasts, documentaries (Nov 1); and Access and transparency (Nov 15). 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET.
CNN Academy: Climate Storytelling From the Global South
Early-career journalists and storytellers from and working in the Global South are invited to apply for this Rockefeller Foundation-funded program in Abu Dhabi intended to raise awareness about the impact of climate change in their home countries. All expenses paid. Deadline: Nov 15, 2023.
Semana do Jornalismo de Ambiente 2023
Liga para a Protecção da Natureza (LPN) apresenta a segunda edição da Semana do Jornalismo de Ambiente. O evento terá lugar nas tardes de 6 a 10 de novembro na Fundação Luso-Americana para o Desenvolvimento, em Lisboa, Portugal. Nov 6-10, 2023.
IJA/AARP Webinar: Preventing Fraud and Scams Targeted at Indigenous Communities
The Indigenous Journalists Association (IJA) and AARP will co-host this webinar via Zoom to discuss recent research, level of crisis in communities and opportunities for journalists to reframe reporting on victims. November 6, 2023.
NPF "Widening the Pipeline" Fellowship
U.S.-based working journalists with less than seven years' experience, staff or freelance, can apply for this free 12-month National Press Foundation fellowship, beginning March 2024, which is designed to help confront the common lament that "it's hard to find qualified journalists of color." Includes training in leadership, in-depth reporting, data and multimedia skills journalists need to hold governments and corporations accountable and to advance in their newsrooms plus individual coaching and mentoring. Deadline: Nov 5, 2023.
True Story Award
This global journalism prize aims to make reporters' voices known beyond the borders of their home countries, to increase the diversity of perspectives offered in the media. Writing in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Persian, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish is eligible. Cash prizes. Deadline: Nov 5, 2023.
IJNR Virtual Workshop on Traditional Ecological Knowledge
The Institute for Journalism & Natural Resources invites journalists to apply for this virtual workshop, Nov 13-14, 2023, exploring how Tribes and First Nations are joining discussions over environmental policy and resource management – and the challenges and opportunities TEK can bring to conservation and restoration efforts. Deadline: Nov 3, 2023.
States Newsroom's Capital Reporting Fellowship
States Newsroom's paid fellowship is for those who believe that journalism can be a powerful force for social good. This summer program places students and new journalists in newsrooms across the country. Preference given to applicants whose identities are underrepresented in journalism, such as women, Black, Indigenous, or People of Color (BIPOC), differently abled, first generation college students and/or members of the LGBTQ+ community. Deadline: Oct 31, 2023.
IWMF Gwen Ifill Mentorship Program
The International Women's Media Foundation invites applications from US-based, women and non-binary journalists for this annual program. The nine-month fellowship is designed to address the lack of diversity in leadership positions across newsrooms in the U.S. Deadline: Oct 22, 2023.
One Earth, Many Stories: Indigenous Storytelling, Knowledgeways and Ecology
Indigenous storytellers from a wide range of backgrounds and traditions will discuss the preservation of Indigenous storytelling. Hosted by The Uproot Project. Oct 18, 2023.
NPR-IJA NextGenRadio: Indigenous
NPR and the Indigenous Journalists Association invite applications from early-career professionals for their next audio-focused, digital journalism workshop, designed to enhance coverage of Indigenous affairs with Indigenous voices, Nov. 13-17, 2023, in Albuquerque, N.M. Cash stipend. Deadline: Oct 15, 2023.
Uproot/IJA Webinar: How To Cover Indigenous Stories As a Non-Indigenous Journalist
Join The Uproot Project and the Indigenous Journalists Association for a panel discussion on how reporters can best cover Indigenous communities and why having Indigenous reporters in newsrooms is essential. Oct 16, 2023.
NAHJ Ñ Awards
The National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) annually honors outstanding contributions to an informed society and exemplary news coverage highlighting issues affecting Hispanic, Latino and Latinx communities. In 2022, six awards will be presented within the Print/Digital, Television, Photography and Radio categories. NAHJ membership required. Deadline:
Sep 22, 2023 extended to Oct 10.
Cross-Border Reporting on Climate Change Workshop
The East-West Center's second cross-border journalism workshop and collaborative reporting series takes place Jan 7-13, 2024, in Kathmandu, Nepal for 10 Pakistani and 10 Indian journalists experienced in reporting on climate issues. Deadline: Oct 9, 2023.
FT Africa Journalism Fellowship With One World Media
This fellowship is for a mid-career journalist from, based in and covering Sub-Saharan Africa, to tell an ambitious written story for a global audience and the Financial Times, one of the world’s biggest newspapers. Includes a reporting grant of £1,000. Deadline: Oct 5, 2023.
East-West Center's Melvin M.S. Goo Writing Fellowship
The East-West Center will award US$10,000 in financial support to an individual journalist, author, or writer from the United States or China for a project that will promote better understanding between the people of the two countries, focus on underreported feature topics and reach a broad audience. Deadline: Oct 1, 2023.
White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council Public Meeting
The White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council will convene a free virtual public meeting. Topics include Climate and Economic Justice Screening Tool, carbon management, incorporation of Indigenous knowledge into Federal decision-making and more. Open to all members of the public. Sep 26, 2023 3:00-8:00 p.m. ET.
Douglas Tweedale Memorial Fellowship
The International Center for Journalists' biennial Douglas Tweedale Memorial Fellowship helps Latin American journalists improve their investigative reporting skills, either generally or in a specialty reporting area such as immigration, environment, science and technology or business. In 2023, the program begins with a webinar on disinformation and fact-checking best practices. Participants can apply for a 3-week, in-person study tour and newsroom attachment in the U.S. Deadline: Sep 14, 2023.
SAJA Journalism Awards
The South Asian Journalists Association and SAJA Group Inc. annually invite individual journalists and news organizations in North America to participate. The Awards recognize excellence in coverage of South Asia (India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, Maldives, Bhutan and Afghanistan) and the diaspora, as well as outstanding reporting by South Asian journalists and students in the U.S. and Canada. Deadline: extended to Aug 26, 2023.
ERC Collaborative Reporting Grants
The Environmental Reporting Collective offers Collaborative Investigation Grants to media outlets, journalists and freelancers from two different countries or regions. Grants are offered quarterly; amount will be determined by your budget proposal to be discussed with ERC. Next deadline: Aug 15, 2023.
Native American Journalists Association (NAJA) National Native Media Conference
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, Aug 10-12, 2023
Y. Eva Tan Conservation Reporting Fellowship Program
Mongabay's six-month, twice-yearly, remote program will support up to 12 young and aspiring journalists from the world's biodiversity hotspots — six at their global English bureau and six at their Spanish-language bureau. Open to anyone from a low- to upper-middle income tropical country. No educational prerequisites. Monthly stipend of $500 USD. Next deadline: Aug 10, 2023.
National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) Convention and Career Fair
Birmingham, Alabama, Aug 2-6, 2023
AXS Film Fund
This program is for creators of color in documentary or nonfiction new media who identify as living with a disability. Up to five creators annually can receive $10,000 each to assist them in finishing their projects in any stage of production. Deadline: Jul 31, 2023.
USC Annenberg Impact Fund for Reporting on Health Equity and Health Systems
This program supports investigative or explanatory projects on systemic racism in public health, health care policy and the practice of medicine, including inequity in treatment, access to care, patient experience and health outcomes for Black people, Indigenous people and other people of color. Deadline: Jul 24, 2023.
Film Screening: "Eroding History"
Join this film screening and panel discussion on the award-winning documentary, which tells the story of Black communities on the Deal Island Peninsula that are losing their land and their history due to the intersection of historical racism and modern climate changes. July 22, 2023 at 1:00-2:30 p.m. ET in Washington, DC.
Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) Annual Convention
Washington, DC, Jul 19-23, 2023
Solutions Journalism Network's Journalists of Color Fellowship
This nine-month fellowship, Sep 6, 2023-May 31, 2024, is for ten mid-career U.S. based journalists who are interested in editorial management. The program is specifically designed to support journalists of color, with at least five years of experience, who want to move into their first journalism leadership role. $6,500 stipend. Deadline: Jul 17, 2023.
Eyewitness Photojournalism Grant
Diversify Photo and the Pulitzer Center invite applications from photojournalists worldwide for stories on systemic and underreported issues in our communities, including but not limited to racial justice, climate change, environmental justice, gender equality and human rights. Three $3,000 awards. Deadline: Jun 30, 2023.
CBC Indigenous Pathways to Journalism
CBC's paid, full-time, 9-month learning and development opportunity supports seven First Nations, Inuit or Métis candidates to hone their skills as storytellers in CBC newsrooms, one each in Calgary, Yellowknife, Saskatoon, Thunder Bay, Montreal, Halifax and Vancouver from September through June. Deadline:
Jun 21, 2023 extended to Jun 28 for Calgary, Halifax and Thunder Bay.
The Curve Award for Emerging Journalists
The Curve Foundation's grant program provides financial support ($5,000 cash plus stipend) and more to emerging journalists who identify as lesbians, queer women, trans women and/or nonbinary people and are based in the United States. Deadline: Jun 9, 2023.
Altavoz/EHS Environmental Fellowship
Altavoz Lab and Environmental Health Sciences invite applicationsfrom early-career bilingual journalists (in English and Spanish) eager to report on environmental health, environmental justice and petrochemical industry impacts on communities in Texas, specifically near the Gulf Coast. $3,000 stipend and mentoring. Deadline: May 15, 2023.
The Everyday Projects Grant
The Everyday Projects provides support to photojournalists from diverse backgrounds as they develop their craft, awarding two $6,000 grants (plus mentorship) to photographers anywhere in the world to work on a long-term project in their community. Preference will be given to photographers who have contributed to The Everyday Projects or are members of the African Photojournalism Database. Deadline: May 8, 2023.
National and California Health Journalism Fellowships
The USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism's National Health Journalism Fellowship is open to print, broadcast and multimedia journalists (staffers or freelancers) around the country. The Fellowship is not only for health reporters, but for all reporters with an interest in social issues, whether they're education, government, environment, criminal justice, social services or immigration specialists or general assignment reporters. Also offered is a California fellowship program (in Los Angeles) providing interactive workshops and discussions on California health challenges and solutions. Both fellowships include reporting grants of $2,000-$10,000 and five months of mentoring by veteran journalists. Preference given to reporters pursuing collaborative projects between mainstream and ethnic news outlets. Deadlines: Jan 26 for the California program (Mar 13-17, 2023); May 5 for the National program (July 16-20, 2023).
Native Broadcast Summit
"Celebrating Over 50 Years of Broadcasting in Indian Country"
Phoenix, AZ, May 2-4, 2023
Sharon Begley-STAT Science Reporting Fellowship
The Knight Science Journalism Program, in partnership with health, science and medicine publication STAT, invites applications from early-career US journalists for this nine-month paid fellowship, which aims to diversify the ranks of science and health journalists and foster a more inclusive and comprehensive coverage of science. Deadline: May 1, 2023.
SAJA Scholarship Program
The South Asian Journalists Association helps US and Canadian journalism students meet a portion of tuition fees and costs at North American universities. $20,000 is available in 2023 for to up to 10 students ($2,000 for each student). Undergraduates and graduate students continuing their studies in the fall of 2022 are eligible. Deadline: Apr 25, 2023.
IWMF Elizabeth Neuffer Fellowship
This International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF) fellowship gives academic and professional opportunities to advance the reporting skills of women and nonbinary journalists from any country who focus on human rights and social justice. During this seven-month fellowship (Jan-Jul 2024), the selected journalist will spend a semester at the Center for International Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and The Boston Globe, followed by two months in New York City interning for the The New York Times. Deadline: Apr 23, 2023.
High Country News Fellowships
High Country News invites applications from early-career journalists for the remote, paid, 12-month Climate Justice Fellowship (climate change and environmental justice), likely starting in February 2022. Applications are encouraged from members of traditionally underrepresented backgrounds to apply, including Indigenous people, people of color, people with disabilities, LGBTQ+ people and those from marginalized and low-income backgrounds. Deadline: Apr 21, 2023.
Mineral School Residencies for Writers
The Mineral (WA) School in Washington state will host writers and artists in their historic school house near Mount Rainier for fall 2023 and spring 2024. One-week residency sessions for Spanish-language writers are free. Fellowships are available for two-week residencies. Deadline: Apr 15, 2023.
High Country News Internships
HCN in Paonia, CO offers six-month internships twice yearly. Interns report remotely on issues of impact for the 11 Western U.S. states. $1,210.00 biweekly stipend, $46.15 monthly work-from-home allowance and more. Emerging journalists from BIPOC and LGBTQ+ communities are encouraged to apply. Next deadline: Apr 14 for Summer/Fall 2023 (Jul-Dec).
IJNR Field Reporting Grants
The Institute for Journalism & Natural Resources annually offers grants to help defray the costs of reporting projects that focus on natural resources, the environment, energy, development, agriculture, environmental justice and public health: Mary Hager Memorial Grant (for an early-career female journalist whose proposal focuses on the public-health impacts of the environment), Indigenous Reporting Grant, Environmental Justice Reporting Grant and more. Journalists of color and other underrepresented or minority journalists are strongly encouraged to apply. Deadline: Apr 14, 2023.
National Native Media Awards
The Native American Journalists Association (NAJA) annually recognizes outstanding coverage of Turtle Island by Indigenous and non-Indigenous journalists across the U.S. and Canada. Deadline:
Mar 31, 2023 extended to Apr 12.
Fellowships To Attend IRE Data Bootcamps for Educators
Educators of color teaching, or interested in teaching, data journalism within your curriculum can apply for a fellowship to attend Investigative Reporters & Editors' Data Bootcamps for Educators this July. No data journalism experience or data teaching experience necessary. Deadline: Apr 3, 2023.
National Press Club Scholarship Opportunities
The National Press Club is offering three 2023 scholarships supporting diversity in journalism: 1) The Scholarship for Journalism Diversity Honoring Julie Schoo, a $5,000 one-year scholarship (renewable for up to three years) to high school seniors with a grade point average of 3.0 or better who are preparing to enter college and intend to become a journalist; 2) The Lewis Scholarship, free housing and a monthly stipend to support student journalists of color who plan to intern at news media outlets in Washington, D.C., beginning in 2023; and 3) The Wes Vernon Broadcast Scholarship, $5,000 annually to a student who demonstrates a commitment to a career in broadcast journalism, renewable up to three years, U.S. citizenship not required. Deadlines: Feb 15 and Mar 31, 2023.
Osborn Elliott Prize for Excellence in Journalism on Asia
The annual "Oz Prize" honors the late Osborn Elliott, a legendary journalist and longtime Newsweek editor. The $10,000 prize is awarded to a writer or team of writers who has produced the best example of journalism about Asia during the calendar year. Evaluation criteria include impact of the work, its originality, creativity, depth of research and educational value in informing the public about Asia. Deadline: Mar 31, 2023.
RTDNF Fellowships and Scholarships
The Radio Television Digital News Foundation offers scholarships for outstanding students and fellowships for young professionals (<10 years experience in the field) pursuing careers in radio, television, or online news. Both the Michelle Clark Fellowship and N.S. Bienstock Fellowship are given to promising minority applicants. Deadline: Mar 31, 2023.
One World Media Fellowships
In 2023, One World Media will select 10 fellows from around the world who are working on stories from the global south. Receive year-long support through one-on-one mentorship, a reporting grant of £1000 and workshops, all within an engaging community of peers and alumni. Submissions encouraged from underrepresented groups (people of color, ethnic groups, women, LGBTQ+, or people with disabilities). Deadline: Mar 22, 2023; extended deadline: Mar 27, 2023.
Maria Moors Cabot Prizes
This awards competition, founded in 1938, honors reporting on Latin America & the Caribbean, especially that which impacts society, and demonstrates commitment to important stories over the course of a long and distinguished career. $5,000 honorarium. Deadline: Mar 23, 2023.
Wake Forest Mellon Environmental Justice Journalism Fellowships
The Wake Forest University Environmental and Epistemic Justice Initiative, June 26-30, 2023 in Winston-Salem, N.C., will welcome 4-6 early to mid-career journalists (staff or freelance) as the inaugural class of Fellows. Each fellow receives a $2500 reporting stipend, plus expenses for travel and accommodations to attend the 2023 Summer Institute at Wake Forest University. The Institute is particularly interested in applicants with environmental justice projects that focus on North Carolina and the southeastern United States. Deadline: Mar 20, 2023.
CENTER Blue Earth Fiscal Sponsorship
Blue Earth Alliance sponsors documentary projects that educate the public about critical environmental and social issues, especially under-represented stories and voices. Projects can be of any geographic scope involving the photographic and motion picture mediums. 2023 deadlines: Feb 15 (discount), Mar 15 (submission), Mar 19 (final).
CENTER Photo/Art Awards and Grants
CENTER annually offers awards and grants to photographers and artists around the world for project funding, exhibition in Santa Fe and professional development via the premier juried portfolio review event, the Review Santa Fe Photo Festival. Includes the $1,000 Me&Eve Award for a female, non-binary, transgender, gender non-conforming or two-spirited identifying photographer, 40 years of age and over. Deadline: Feb 15, 2023 (earlybird); Mar 15, 2023 (final).
Ida B. Wells Fellowship
This one-year fellowship, honoring the pioneering African-American activist and investigative reporter, promotes diversity in journalism by helping to create a pipeline of investigative reporters of color who bring diverse backgrounds, experiences and interests to their work. Fellows receive $25,000, travel and other costs, editorial guidance from a dedicated editor at Type Investigations and more. Deadline: Mar 12, 2023.
The Uproot Project Environmental Justice Fellowship
To help underrepresented journalists shed light on undercovered topics, this fellowship will offer funding up to $2,000 to seven journalists to pursue reporting projects (highlighting how the climate crisis and key environmental issues of our time are linked with other forms of inequity) over the course of a year. Open to journalists of color who are members of The Uproot Project (free to join). Applicants must also be authorized to work in the U.S. and have a U.S. bank account and address. U.S. citizenship is not required. Deadline:
Mar 1, 2023 extended to Mar 10.
NABJ's Salute to Excellence National Media Awards
The National Association of Black Journalists annually awards prizes for journalism that best covers the Black experience or addresses issues affecting the worldwide Black community. Many categories include a specialty for environment/health/medical issues. Deadline: Mar 6, 2023.
Heinrich Böll Foundation's Transatlantic Media Fellowships
Each year, the HBF usually sponsors journalists from the US, Canada and Europe for a five-day transatlantic trip to research stories relevant to the foundation’s work on various policy areas. Special consideration is given to journalists: from regional or local media outlets; from diverse backgrounds who can offer lesser-heard perspectives; and who may not otherwise have the opportunity to conduct transatlantic research. In 2023, five fellowships are offered in program areas including Energy & Climate and Transition in Agriculture, each with a €3,000 stipend and journalists must be based in Poland. Deadline: Mar 5, 2023.
AAJA Executive Leadership Program
The Asian American Journalists Association's Executive Leadership Program is for any professional journalist with four or more years of experience who's interested in moving ahead in the workplace and developing the necessary skills to achieve goals small and large. The 2023 ELP will be hybrid, with virtual sessions and in-person components. Opening sessions take place in Washington, D.C. from April 27-29; closing session during the AAJA 2023 national convention in Washington, D.C. on July 22. Deadline: Mar 3, 2023.
IWMF Courage in Journalism Awards
The International Women's Media Foundation celebrates the achievements of women journalists worldwide, who put themselves at risk to give us a window into critical global issues. Facing and surviving danger to uncover the truth, they raise the bar for reporting under duress. Open to full-time staff or freelance women or non-binary reporters, writers, editors, photographers or producers working in any country and of any nationality. No self-nominations. Deadline: Mar 3, 2023.
IWMF Gwen Ifill Award
This International Women's Media Foundation award honors legendary PBS NewsHour co-anchor, who passed away in November 2016. It is given annually to an outstanding woman or non-binary journalist of color in the U.S. with a track record of mentorship, leadership and a commitment to diversity in journalism. Apply yourself or submit a nomination. Deadline: Mar 3, 2023.
NAJA Native American Journalism Fellowship
The Native American Journalists Association's annual fellowship is for NAJA members. 2023 fellows will build their reporting and interpersonal skills in a digital newsroom experience before, during and after the 2023 National Native Media Conference in Winnipeg, Manitoba this August. Deadline:
Feb 10, 2023 extended to Feb 24.
AAJA Journalism Excellence Awards
The Asian American Journalists Association's Journalism Excellence Awards, established in 1989, recognize and encourage excellence among journalists and outstanding coverage of Asian American and Pacific Islander issues. Deadline: Feb 28, 2023.
Global Investigative Journalism Conference Fellowships
The 2023 conference will be held in Gothenburg, Sweden, Sep 19-22, with more than 150 expenses-paid fellowships available to both established and promising journalists in developing and transitioning countries, and for journalists from disenfranchised communities, to participate in-person. Deadline: Feb 28, 2023.
Global Shining Light Award
This biannual award honors investigative journalism in a developing or transitioning country, done under threat, duress, or in the direst of conditions. US$2,500 prize and a trip to the 2023 Global Investigative Journalism Conference, Sep 19-22 in Gothenburg, Sweden. Deadline: Feb 28, 2023.
IJ4EU Cross-Border Investigative Journalism Grants
The Investigative Journalism for Europe (IJ4EU) funds cross-border investigative journalism projects in the European Union: Investigation Support Scheme and Freelancer Support Scheme. Available grants between €5,000 and €50,000. Deadline: Feb 23, 2023.
Indigenous Community Media Fund
Cultural Survival's funding of $6,000-$12,000 provides opportunities for Indigenous community radio stations and media outlets to strengthen their broadcast infrastructure and systems while providing training opportunities to their community journalists. Deadline: Feb 15, 2023.
Public Voices Fellowship on the Climate Crisis
This year-long experience, a collaboration between the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication (YPCCC), The OpEd Project and Ann MacDougall, will convene a cohort of 20 U.S. climate change thought leaders, the majority of whom will be women and people of color, and will provide extraordinary support, leadership skills and knowledge to ensure their ideas shape not only their fields, but the greatest and most urgent conversation of our age. FAQs. Deadline: Feb 14, 2023.
NAJA-NBC News Summer Fellowship
The Native American Journalists Association is partnering with the NBCU News Group to give NAJA member-students real world experience and exposure to one of the world's leading news divisions as a paid summer 2023 intern. Deadline: Feb 10, 2023.
One World Media Awards
Established in 1988, these Awards honor the best media coverage of the global south — stories that break through stereotypes, change the narrative and connect people across cultures. The Awards highlight the unique role of journalists and filmmakers in bridging the divide between cultures worldwide and raising awareness of underreported issues and stories. Multiple categories, including one for Environmental Impact. Entry fees apply. Deadline: Feb 9, 2023.
The Energy Transition: Opportunities and Challenges for Indigenous Communities in the US and Canada
You're invited to a discussion, in NYC or virtually, about opportunities and risks for Indigenous communities in the North American energy transition. Hosted by the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. Free registration is required. February 8, 2023, 6:00-7:00 p.m. ET.
#SEJ2023 Boise Conference Travel Diversity Fellowships
SEJ and The Uproot Project are partnering to offer diversity fellowships (worth up to $2500) to support journalists' attendance at #SEJ2023, April 19-23 in Boise, Idaho. Deadline: Feb 6, 2023.
Indigenous Writers in Residence 2023
Cultural Survival's one-year remote program is an opportunity for Indigenous writers based in the US or Canada to continue their writing, share their expertise and experiences, deepen their knowledge on topics important to them and their communities, and gain experience. Annual and monthly stipend. Deadline: Feb 6, 2023.
Flashlight Investigative Journalism Grants
Flashlight, an innovative new nonprofit network of giving circles, gives $500-$1,000 grants to investigative journalists, who retain complete editorial control and are free to publish their work wherever they like. In this round (the third), they are funding African American freelance investigative journalists. Deadline: Feb 5, 2023.
AJPA Simon Rockower Awards
The American Jewish Press Association's annual awards program honors achievements in Jewish media. Deadline: Feb 3, 2023.
Story Grants To Strengthen Environmental Coverage in the Western Amazon
Internews' Earth Journalism Network is offering story grants of US$1,500 to US$2,500 to journalists to produce stories on transnational conservation crimes in the Amazon Region and the threats faced by Indigenous peoples and local communities in Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana and Peru. Deadline:
Jan 16, 2023 extended to Feb 1.
Michael Elliott Award for Excellence in African Storytelling
This award honors up-and-coming journalists in Africa who strive to strengthen people's voices and illuminate the transformational change taking place on the continent. $5,000 cash prize and the opportunity to spend up to two weeks at The Economist headquarters in London or a tailored study tour of US newsrooms. Deadline: Jan 31, 2023.
Rest of World Photography Contest
Submit a single image made within the last three years showing how technology impacts you and your communities. Open to photographers of any skill level, living and working in the non-Western world. First-place winner receives $1,000; second-place $500; third-place $250. Deadline: Jan 31, 2023.
Knight Journalism Fellowships at Stanford
Based at Stanford University in Northern California, the Knight Fellowships support diverse journalists from around the world who are creating solutions to journalism’s most urgent problems. Fellows take classes from mid-September to mid-June in any area of Stanford that interests them. Open to reporters, editors and anchors; photographers, producers and news directors; editorial cartoonists and web-site gurus; and more. Includes Stanford tuition and stipend of $95,000 plus supplements for housing, child care, health insurance and books. Also open to spouses and partners of Fellows. Deadline: Dec 1, 2022 (international); Jan 25, 2023 (U.S.).
DCEFF Vantage Grant for Emerging BIPOC Filmmakers
To support the creative and informative works of BIPOC creators, the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital (DCEFF), Mar 16-26, 2023, will award pitch training to finalists and $12,500 to one filmmaker to assist with a short film or first feature, in any stage of production, that addresses a timely environmental issue. Deadline: Jan 20, 2023.
Canadian Journalism Foundation Fellowships
CJF's 2023 fellowship offerings include the CJF Black Journalism Fellowship Program, six months at a CBC/Radio-Canada (English and French), Globe and Mail or CTV News newsroom or at the University of Toronto's Investigative Journalism Bureau; the paid CJF-CBC Indigenous Journalism Fellowships, hosted by CBC News for one month at its Indigenous Unit in Winnipeg; and the Martin Wise Goodman Canadian Nieman Fellowship, a one-year sabbatical at Harvard University, awarded biannually. Also available: The CJF Bursary for BIPOC Student Journalists, $5,000 to a BIPOC student in their final year of a Canadian undergraduate journalism program. Deadline: Jan 20, 2023.
World Journalist Fellowship
This fellowship provides support to international journalists who enroll in one of nine graduate programs in journalism at New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute (including Science, Health and Environmental Reporting). The 2023 fellowship covers tuition expenses and registration fees for two of the three or four semesters of the program. The fellow also receives a stipend of approximately $16,000 for each of the two semesters of the fellowship. Must have two years' experience and fluency in English and at least one other language. Deadline: Jan 15, 2023.
Canadian Association of Journalists Annual Awards
CAJ recognizes outstanding Canadian reporting — with a particular focus on investigative work. Cash prizes are offered in several categories, including the Emerging Indigenous Journalist Award. Deadline: Jan 11, 2023.
EJN Scholarships for Journalists To Cover 2023 Biodiversity Conferences
Internews' Earth Journalism Network (EJN) invites professional journalists from low- or middle-income countries, who have experience reporting on the environment, to apply for travel grants of up to $2,500 to attend and report from conferences and global summits related to biodiversity issues that are taking place in 2023. Women, Indigenous journalists and early-career journalists are encouraged to apply. Deadline: Jan 6, 2023.
NYU Journalism-NAJA Scholarship
The New York University Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute is offering a new full-tuition scholarship (>$70,000 value) plus a $10,000 stipend to a Native American Journalists Association (NAJA) member admitted to one of the ten NYU Journalism graduate programs in the fall of 2023, including Science, Health & Environmental Reporting. Deadline: Jan 4, 2023.
Grist Fellowship Program
This program is designed to provide newsroom experience for US-based, early-career journalists who have a demonstrated interest in environmental and climate journalism and media. The one-year fellowship pays $50,000. Fellows can be based anywhere in the U.S. Six fellowships are available this round, including Environmental Justice, Food & Ag, Climate Solutions and Indigenous Affairs. Deadline: Dec 19, 2022 for Mar 1, 2023-Feb 29, 2024.
The Work of Environmental Journalists of Color in Reframing the Beat
SEJ is hosting a panel at IRE's DBEI Symposium. Speakers include SEJ board president Sadie Babits, board member Rico Moore and members Gloria Gonzalez and Bernardo Motta. Oct 21, 2022.
Kozik Environmental Justice Reporting Grants
Jointly sponsored by the National Press Foundation and the National Press Club Journalism Institute, grants ranging from $10,000 to $25,000 will be awarded to support journalism in any medium that centers on environmental justice and environmental racism in the United States. This could include coverage of the disproportionate harms to disadvantaged communities from pollution, the effects of climate change or other relevant topics. Deadline: Oct 2, 2022.
World Science Forum 2022 Media for Social Justice Fellowships
"Science-interested" journalists anywhere in the world are invited to apply for an expenses-paid fellowship to attend this year's forum in Cape Town, South Africa, Dec 3-10, with flight reimbursement taking place on-site at WSF2022. Deadline: Sep 30, 2022.
FIJ Diversity Fellowship
The Fund for Investigative Journalism (FIJ) invites applications for diversity fellowships embedded in three newsrooms. The six-month fellowship pays $30,000. Fellows will work at Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting, USA TODAY and Wisconsin Watch. Deadline: Sep 27, 2022.
Caribbean Climate Justice Journalism Fellowship
This virtual Climate Tracker/Open Society Foundations fellowship is for Caribbean journalists or students between 18-35 years of age. Includes a monthly stipend; global exposure of your profile and your stories; networking opportunities; and 1-1 training with technical experts and climate journalists. Deadline: Sep 23, 2022.
National Science-Health-Environment Reporting Fellowships
These year-long fellowships are open to U.S.-based early-career journalists interested in covering any or all of the three fields. Fellows will participate in workshops and other events held at the annual Science Writers (October 2022), Environmental Journalism (April 2023) and Health Journalism (Spring 2023) conferences, as well as receive training, networking, mentoring, new sources and story ideas — while allowing them to stay at their jobs. Independent journalists will be eligible for project support stipends. A collaboration of the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing (CASW), the Association of Health Care Journalists (AHCJ) and the Society of Environmental Journalists. Journalists of color are especially encouraged to apply. Deadline: Sep 1, 2022.
Alfred Friendly Press Partners Fellowships
Alfred Friendly offers fellowships with varying deadlines. The six-month General Fellowship, for early-career professional journalists from developing countries, provides fellows with basic and advanced hands-on instruction at the Missouri School of Journalism and places them in leading U.S. newsrooms. Deadline: Aug 31, 2022.
Webinar: The Media, the Amazon and the 2022 Brazil Elections
Ahead of Brazil's 2022 elections, Smoke Signal socio environmental monitor invites journalists to the virtual launch of their new report "The Amazon and the Future of Brazil," showing politicians in nine Brazilian states supported dismantling of environmental policy to protect forests at the federal level. Aug 30, 2022.
ProPublica's Emerging Reporters Program
ProPublica annually offers stipends to five minority students who work or want to work at college journalism outlets — newspapers, websites, radio stations or TV stations. Receive $9,000, plus mentoring and trips to investigative journalism conferences. Deadline: Aug 8, 2022.
2022 NABJ/NAHJ Convention and Career Fair
The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) will join forces for the 2022 Convention & Career Fair in Las Vegas, Nevada, Aug 3-7, 2022.
Investigative Journalism Workshop on Climate Change With Glòria Pallarès
Reporters and/or editors who cover environmental and/or climate change issues in any Spanish-speaking country in Latin America are invited to apply for this workshop which will be conducted by Glòria Pallarès of Spain, Aug 31-Sep 2, 2022 in Mexico City. Application is free; participants selected must pay a US$100 registration fee, and will receive airfare, lodging and meals to attend the training. Information is available in English, Espanol and Português. Deadline: Aug 1.
Reporting on Water: A Training Workshop for Journalists
The Institute for Journalism & Natural Resources and the Uproot Project invite applications from journalists of color who want to learn how to cover the environment, Aug 21-23, 2022, at Stone Laboratory, The Ohio State University’s island campus on Lake Erie. Learn about reporting on water from scientists and veteran environment journalists. Deadline: Jul 22.
Digital Storytelling for the Next Generation of Latinx Journalists
This four-week online Knight Center asynchronous course is open to Latinx college and university students in the U.S. (and recent grads). Those who are interested in learning, as well as strengthening their reporting and storytelling skills for diverse audiences, are encouraged to apply. Instructor is USC Annenberg journalism professor Dr. Amara Aguilar. June 20-July 17, 2022.
Indigenous Media Sensitivity Training
This free training is for media professionals interested in reporting on issues related to the Wind River Reservation. Hosted by the Reservation's Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho Tribes and the Greater Yellowstone Coalition to commemorate the founding of Yellowstone National Park 150 years ago. May 25, 2022.
African Climate Change and Environmental Reporting Awards
The Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) offers this biennial awards competition for professional African journalists. Winning and shortlisted contesters will be invited to The ACCER Awards Finalists Academy (TAAFA) to be held at the venue of the ACCER Awards Gala Night. Cash prize of $1,000 for the overall winner, with more opportunities to travel to international events, at PACJA's discretion. Shortlisted candidates will also get free return tickets to the event. Deadline: May 17, 2022 (posted here); May 24, 2022 (according to the Awards PDF).
NAJA Native American Journalism Fellowship and Facebook Journalism Project Scholarship
These two Native American Journalists Association's annual opportunities are open to current Indigenous, American Indian, Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian, First Nations and Métis college students, undergraduate and graduate, pursuing degrees in broadcast, print or digital journalism (fellowship) or digital media/journalism/communications (scholarship). Fellows receive professional mentoring; scholarships are one-time awards of $10,000. Deadline:
Apr 30, 2022 extended to May 14.
The Visura Project Grants for Freelance Visual Journalists
Four freelance visual journalists or photojournalists worldwide will each be awarded a $2500 project grant for visual stories about climate change, environmental justice, gender equality, racial justice and human rights, as well as a Lifetime Plus Membership to build a website via Visura. Free Visura membership required. Deadline extended to Apr 30, 2022.
CUNY/Newmark Journalism-NAJA Scholarship
The Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY is offering a full-tuition scholarship in partnership with the Native American Journalists Association for any NAJA member admitted to a Master’s program at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism and who meets CUNY’s eligibility requirements for being a New York State Resident. Deadline: Mar 1, 2022.
C&EN Editorial Fellow
Get paid (~$20 per hour) as a full-time editorial fellow at Chemical & Engineering News, the weekly newsmagazine of the American Chemical Society, for six months beginning in June 2022 (in Washington, DC). Fine-tune your ability to convey complex technical subjects to a diverse range of chemical professionals, and develop multimedia pieces to accompany the stories you write. Candidates from underrepresented identities are encouraged to apply. Deadline: Feb 4, 2022. C&EN will not run its editorial fellowship program in 2023. It will return in 2024.
Andes-Amazon Mountains and Jungle Reporting Grants
InquireFirst will award $3,000USD and editorial support to a journalist in Latin America for a project on the impact of infrastructure (hydroelectric dams, international highways, mining and energy, etc.) on the biodiversity of the Andes-Amazon region. English. Spanish. Deadline: Jan 28, 2022.
2021-22 Senior Journalists Seminar
The East-West Center in Honolulu brought together nine multinational journalists for a one-week virtual program Nov 7-13, 2021 and plans to add another three to five journalists for a 3-week hybridized dialogue, study, and travel program tentatively scheduled September 2022. Minimum 10 years' experience required.
IJNR/SEJ Virtual Workshop on Environmental Racism and Indigenous Communities
The Institute for Journalism & Natural Resources, in partnership with SEJ, will present a virtual workshop, Nov 17-18, 2021, on covering the ongoing problem of Indigenous voices being ignored or silenced during conversations about contemporary natural resource management. Registration is free; priority will be given to journalists of color. Accepted journalists will be sent a registration link. Participating journalists will be eligible for story grants. Deadline: Nov 3.
How White Conservationists Are Changing Life in a Black Farming Town
Pembroke Township, south of Chicago, is a case study in how predominantly white environmental groups can — willfully or not — wind up marginalizing communities of color by prioritizing conservation goals over the wishes of residents. ProPublica and Grist hosted a virtual discussion, October 21, 2021, on race, power and land stewardship. Watch the recording.
How the News Media Can Advance Diversity and Inclusion in 2021 and Beyond
Join the International Center for Journalists' IJNet (International Journalists' Network) on May 13, 2021 for a virtual, solutions-oriented conversation about diversity and inclusion in the media. Panelists will discuss why representation in the news industry must continue to be a priority today, what journalists and news organizations in the U.S. and U.K. can learn from one another and what recent progress, if any, has been made over the past year that can be built upon moving forward.
SAJA Internship Fund
The South Asian Journalists Association's Internship Program is designed to improve opportunities for journalism students who have already secured internships but need supplemental income during the internship period. In 2021, SAJA will award up to $9,000 to three students, each receiving a maximum of $3,000. Deadline:
April 22, 2021 extended to Apr 29.
The Uproot Project Launch
Join this free online event, Mar 20, 2021, 6:00-8:00 p.m. ET, about the need for more journalists of color in environmental reporting and hear plans for an initiative aimed at fostering new voices in the field. Discussion with Data for Progress' Julian Brave NoiseCat will be moderated by Yessenia Funes of Atmos.
IJNR Ocean + Climate Workshop Series
The Institute for Journalism & Natural Resources' four regionally focused virtual workshops over the course of 2021 are designed to help journalists explore ocean issues that are underreported in popular media. 50 percent of workshop spots are reserved for journalists of color. Deadline for Workshop #1, Southeastern U.S. on Mar 31-Apr 1, is Mar 19.
Climate Change Resilience Reporting Grants
Climate Home News and the Climate Justice Resilience Fund seek stories about how communities — especially women, youth and indigenous peoples — are building resilience to climate change in the most vulnerable regions of the world. The grants will cover competitive rates and reasonable travel expenses. CHN plans to publish eight articles under the project, lasting until Nov 30, 2020. At least half of the stories will focus on CJRF’s priority areas – the Bay of Bengal, East Africa and the Arctic. Application: rolling basis until Nov 30, 2020.
Historias Sin Fronteras
This new initiative for Latin America is a project of InquireFirst in partnership with The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Department of Science Education. The Cross-Border Science Journalism Project will award financial support of up to $3,000USD to a team of Latin American science writers who will produce a cross-border environmental investigative project. In 2020, three calls for proposals were issued: April 15, for the health project; July 22 for the water and/or ocean conservation project; and Nov 18 for nutrition, biotechnology and/or food production.
SAJA Reporting Fellowships
The South Asian Journalists Association's twice-yearly fellowships program encourages in-depth coverage of South Asia or the South Asian Diasapora by providing grants of $2,000-$5,000 to cover a portion of reporting expenses. Deadline: Oct 7, 2020. Program on hold due to lack of funding.
IJNR Virtual Workshop: Environmental Racism and Journalism
This free Institute for Journalism and Natural Resources online workshop for journalists will focus on environmental issues, race and reporting, using Houston and other cities as case studies to explore larger systemic issues prevalent throughout the US. Jul 22 and 23, 2020. Session recordings and more.
Frontline Reporting From COVID Hot Spots Webinar
Journalists in COVID-19 hot spots have faced unprecedented professional challenges and personal risks to cover life and death issues. East-West Center's seven US and Asian speakers have been on the ground reporting from Wuhan’s seafood market and hospitals amid local government cover-ups; in East Asian streets and Seattle nursing homes as the deadly virus spread; and in South Asia with massive migrations of hungry workers escaping India’s locked-down cities and hundreds of Pakistani journalists contracting the virus. Journalists have still faced growing government threats and media shutdowns. Hear the journalists' insights, back stories, challenges and lessons learned in the face of an expected second wave. Jul 2, 2020. Recording.
COVID-19: Reporting on Communities of Color
Around the world communities of color have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic evident by the disparities in mortality rates and access to health care. And they face dire economic consequences with national lockdowns and restrictions of movement, discrimination by law enforcement and prejudice by their societies at large. This ICFJ webinar will discuss what journalists need to know when reporting on these communities — the do's and don'ts — how to frame stories, be sensitive to often underrepresented voices, and amplify them in a way that leads to government accountability. Jun 29, 2020.
Global South: Forest Fires and COVID-19 Converge on Territories of World’s Best Forest Guardians
Indigenous fire-control experts from Guatemala and Brazil explained their tactics for tackling the twin crises of COVID-19 and the fire season. Second in a series this week, organized by If Not Us Then Who. Jun 23, 2020. Recording.
Climate Change, COVID-19 and the Call for Justice
The time has come for systemic change. This need is demonstrated by the repeated cases of appalling anti-Black police violence and the disproportionate effects of COVID-19 and climate change on communities of color in the U.S. Metcalf Institute’s Online Lecture Series will explore ways that the pandemic could shift our thinking, research and action on climate change. The starkly unequal effects of these overlapping crises demand new approaches that are just, equitable and sustainable. We must also explore these issues in the context of racism and anti-Black violence, as these are all intersecting problems in our country. Jun 15-19, 2020.
Climate, COVID-19 and the Collaboration We Need: This event, the first in a series organized by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) and the International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD), will look at the changing world and discuss what kind of collaboration and action is needed to readjust, and what we can learn that will help us tackle the climate crisis. Jun 19, 2020.
The Indigenous COVID-19 Catastrophe: Earth Institute Live hosts a discussion on the wave of social devastation spreading through indigenous and oppressed communities worldwide as COVID-19 takes ever more victims with outsize vulnerability — much of it imposed on them. Moderation by SEJ member Andrew Revkin. Jun 19, 2020.
Press, Protests and the Pandemic: The State of Reporting in the Triad
The Triad of Black Journalists discussed how recent events are being covered in the Piedmont-Triad region of North Carolina, self-care when on the scene, forging relationships, responsible journalism and how to cover the communities that we live in with black and brown skin. Jun 17, 2020.
Fighting Disinformation on the Frontlines Webinar: It is imperative that societies have access to accurate information in critical moments such as the COVID-19 pandemic. Disinformation can have life and death consequences. At the same time, there is growing distrust in health experts and scientific data. The East-West Center will host diverse experts in the U.S. and Asia Pacific engaged in combating disinformation on the front lines through international and community fact-checking networks, social media platforms and news literacy education. Jun 16, 2020. Recording. Panelist presentations (PDF).
Ethnic Media Dialogue: Covering Racial Injustice Protests and COVID-19. The Maynard Institute for Journalism Education hosted a digital dialogue with ethnic media journalists on the impacts of racial prejudice and the pandemic on communities of color. Jun 12, 2020. Recording.
Climate Coverage and Racial Justice
Covering Climate Now hosted a “Talking Shop” webinar, by and for journalists, on how newsrooms can incorporate racial and environmental justice framing in their coverage of the climate crisis and its solutions. Jun 11, 2020. Summar and video recording.
Why Creating an Inclusive Newsroom in the Time of COVID-19 Is Urgent: Are you serious about making sure newsrooms and their work reflect the communities we cover? Especially as COVID-19 disproportionately affects historically marginalized people — and on the cusp of an election impacted by racism? IRE and the Maynard Institute hosted this discussion on the importance of keeping newsrooms diverse during COVID-19. Jun 4, 2020. Recording. Tipsheet.
2020 Korea-US Journalists Exchange
The East-West Center in Honolulu is accepting applications for the 2020 Korea-United States Journalists Exchange,
May 24-June 3 rescheduled to Aug 23-Sep 2, to visit Seoul, Busan and Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea (for US journalists) and Washington, DC and Honolulu, Hawaii (for Korean journalists). Deadline: Feb 24, 2020 extended to May 20. Travel cancelled due to COVID-19; two remote seminars were held instead.
Covering Coronavirus: How To Be an Antiracist: May 4, 2020. Part of the National Press Club Journalism Institute webinar series. Ibram X. Kendi, New York Times-bestselling author and Founding Director of The Antiracist Research & Policy Center at American University, and Robert Samuels, Washington Post national reporter, discussed disparities in coronavirus coverage and how to overcome them. Moderated by POLITICO's Shannon Young, followed by Q&A with participants. Watch the recording.
Bringing Home the World: International Reporting Fellowship Program for U.S. Minority Journalists
This International Center for Journalists fellowship program sends U.S. minority journalists overseas for up to two weeks to cover stories that resonate with their local communities. Costs for travel, lodging, and interpreters are included. Deadline:
Feb 13, 2020 extended to Feb 18.
Jefferson Fellowships for Journalists
Founded by the East-West Center in 1967, the Jefferson Fellowships promote better public understanding of the United States and Asia and Pacific through one week of dialogue with professional colleagues and experts at the East-West Center in Hawaii, followed by a two-week study tour to cities in Asia or the U.S. Open to working print, broadcast and online journalists from the U.S., Asia and the Pacific Islands. Theme of the 2022 Program is "Inequality in the U.S. and Asia: Drivers, Consequences, and Policy Responses." 2023 deadline TBA.
CAJ/APTN Indigenous Investigative Journalism Fellowship
During a 12-week, paid placement with the award-winning APTN Investigates team based in Winnipeg, Man., in winter-spring 2020, fellowship recipients will produce a 22-minute original investigative documentary on an issue facing First Nation, Métis or Inuit peoples in Canada. The documentary will air on APTN Investigates. Deadline:
Dec 8, 2019 extended to Jan 10, 2020.
China-US Journalists Exchange
The East-West Center in Honolulu annually accepts applications for the China-United States Journalists Exchange. The last program was in 2019: Aug 31-Sep 13to Beijing, Hangzhou and Hong Kong (for US journalists) and Sep 8-14 to Des Moines, Iowa and Washington, DC (for Chinese journalists). The 2020 program was cancelled due to the pandemic, and the 2021 program has been postponed.
Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada Media Fellowships
The fellowships, valued at up to $10,000 each, offer up-and-coming and established Canadian journalists the opportunity to spend time in Asia, researching and preparing stories. Deadline: Apr 26, 2019. "Due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, APF Canada has made the difficult decision to suspend the Media Fellowship program again in 2022, with plans to resume the program for 2023."
News, Views, Publications and More
“Diversity in the newsroom builds credibility, especially at a time when journalism is being called into question.” — Justin Worland, TIME Magazine
|The SEJ Guide to Diversity in Environmental Reporting is for journalists who want to address diversity concerns and practice more inclusive journalism. Authors Jennifer Oladipo and Talli Nauman created the guide, inspired by discussions by members of SEJ’s Diversity Task Force (now the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee).|
Unbias the News
This remote feminist cross-border newsroom by Hostwriter showcases international journalism that breaks through geographical or structural barriers and works towards a more equitable and inclusive world of journalism. Journalists worldwide can pitch underreported stories with global relevance and get paid, free training and networking. Collaborative projects welcome.
"How One Paper Is Covering COVID-19 in the Most Under-Connected Part of the U.S.", a video about The Navajo Times by The New Yorker, Jan 14, 2021.
Climate Justice Reporting Guide, Climate Change Now, June 9, 2020.
The Race Issue: Unfinished, Columbia Journalism Review, Fall 2018.
Four Leading Black Reporters on the Changing Climate Beat," Nexus Media, February 8, 2018, by Shravya Jain.
In Need of a Career Boost?" Number 1 Shimbun, February 2, 2016, by James Simms.
NPR Dismisses an Ombudsman Report
There is an internal battle going on at NPR between the ombudsman and the journalists who produced an award-winning investigation into the South Dakota foster care system’s treatment of Native American children. It illustrates some of the pitfalls of reporting on cultural bias and of using narrative storytelling techniques for investigative work. Columbia Journalism Review, Aug 12, 2013, by Abraham Moussako.
Newsroom Diversity: A Casualty of Journalism's Financial Crisis
"The American Society of News Editors (ASNE) recently released its annual study of newsroom diversity. The results only confirmed what many who have lived through the industry's deep recession have already experienced: a steady decline in minority journalists and stagnation in prior progress." The Atlantic, Jul 9, 2013, by Riva Gold.
8 Dynamic Black Women Editors in New Media
"Chosen from a mix of media outlets, these women reveal the importance of diversity in such a powerful industry." EBONY, Mar 28, 2013, by Patrice Peck.
Within Mainstream Environmentalist Groups, Diversity Is Lacking
"Fred Tutman was a lonely man when he picked up the telephone that day. He was the tough-talking protector of Maryland’s Patuxent River, a courtroom brawler who took on anyone who contaminated water, but he couldn’t shake a nagging hurt that he was nearly invisible within his own profession." Washington Post, Mar 24, 2013, by Darryl Fears.
International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)
IIED, a policy research organization based in the UK, has published four new briefing papers: "Reshaping contracts for quality natural resource investments" (Mar 2013), "Urban poverty, food security and climate change" (Mar 2013), "Carbon rights legislation: not yet ready for private sector REDD+" (Feb 2013), and "Ringing the changes with a new approach to forest investment" (Jan 2013).
A Helping Hand: The Ford Foundation Reaches out to Broaden Minority Coverage
"It's a two-year deal, $1.04 million to be exact, and renewable, with no strings attached beyond the foundation's larger goal of using journalism to address inequality and injustice." By the Editors, Columbia Journalism Review, Jul/Aug 2012.
Native Americans and a Changing Climate
"They're among North America’s most vulnerable population groups, and their 95 million acres of tribal lands present Native Americans with a complex array of challenges and opportunities as they confront a warming climate." By Julie Halpert, The Yale Forum on Climate Change & The Media, Jun 21, 2012.
Killings of Mexican Journalists Prompt Mexican Environmental Journalists Network Demands for Protection
In light of the growing list of journalists in Mexico who have disappeared or been killed, the Mexican Environmental Journalists Network (REMPA) would like to thank its sister professional association, the Society of Environmental Journalists, for publishing our consensus on demands for protection of freedom of the press. We are grateful for your solidarity. // Ante el aumento de asesinatos y desaparicion de periodistas en México, la Red Mexicana de Periodistas Ambientales agradece a la hermanada asociación profesional, Sociedad de Periodistas Ambientales, su publicación de las exigencias que hemos consensado para lograr las garantia de la libertad de expresión. Gracias por su solidaridad. Jun 2012. En Español.
Pollution, Poverty, People of Color, a series of stories examining environmental justice issues by Environmental Health News, Jun 2012.
An Eye on Environmental Justice: EHN Series Focuses on an Under-covered Angle on Toxics, The Observatory, Columbia Journalism Review, Jun 7, 2012, by Curtis Brainard.