2021 Climate Tracker Pitch a Food, Farming, and Climate Story for Journalists
Deadline: June 16, 2021.
Global food systems account for 1/3 of total greenhouse gas emissions and simultaneously hold many of the solutions to the climate emergency, but receive very little media coverage, especially in developing country media contexts. Part of the reason is that it is a very complex story to cover, and often, it is told from a western lens. Many journalists around the world lack the support structures, data access, expert sources, and financial resources needed to tell this story well.
In this sense, they hope to support the Glasgow Process, which leverages the role of local governments and farmers as a progressive force on food and climate issues through dialogue, to become a reality not just as an international movement, but as a locally understood media story. They also hope that through our model of training, paired with journalistic independence and nationally-focused publications, we will be able to support a group of young journalists to become long term agricultural policy storytellers.
Over the course of 4 months, they plan to work with a group of 6 international early-career journalism fellows to develop a series of powerful feature stories focusing on key issues and events linked to the Glasgow Process.
A. This opportunity is open for early-career journalists and we’re specifically interested in selecting persons from the following countries/cities:
- Oyo State, Nigeria
- Palawan, Philippines
- Jayapura, Indonesia
- Mexico City, Mexico
- Quito, Ecuador
- Antwerp and Leuven, Belgium
- Kenya (coastal, border with Tanzania & highlands)
- Tanzania (Dodoma, Babate and Songea)
B. They’re looking for journalists with a passion for learning and raising awareness about food systems, agriculture and climate change
- Training: If selected, you will receive both collective and individual support for a period of 3 weeks. Their aim is to help you develop as a reporter, with emphasis on the field of climate, food and agricultural storytelling. At the end of the training period, you will have developed a core thematic and journalistic understanding of the issues.
- Writing and Mentoring: After the training period, you will be challenged to publish 2 stories in national media, covering the lead up and the local/national Fork to Farm Dialogue event, linked to the Glasgow Process You’ll get the chance to truly take a bite into refining your skill set and participate in collective reflections and peer learning. This time would also involve far more specific support on your individual stories and the research, drafting and editorial stages of publishing.
- In-depth Publishing: You’ll then move on to the next stage of the fellowship, which will run for 10 weeks. You will be challenged to pitch, research, investigate, and publish an in-depth story linked to the Fork to Farm Dialogue and Glasgow Process. Your story will be published in national media and we will support republication in regional or international media.
They’ll be with you every step of the way, through your investigative storytelling journey and you’ll be encouraged to build on the support of all fellows. You’ll receive investigative and interviewing skills, logistical and editorial support.
- Get PAID: They offer a stipend for two months (180EUR per month) and then a grant for an in-depth story (350EUR).