Diverse Perspectives

SEJ is committed to supporting diversity in environmental journalism. On this page, you'll find posted useful websites, events & opportunities, news, views and more.

"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


Useful Links

  • Covering COVID-19: Resources for Journalists: The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) offers a Global Health Crisis Reporting Forum to help journalists provide accurate, life-saving information on the COVID-19 pandemic. The Forum connects journalists with health professionals and other experts through a webinar series. In conjunction with ICFJ's International Journalists’ Network (IJNet.org), it also provides resources on covering COVID-19 and fosters cross-border collaborations via a Facebook group. Forum activity and webinars are available in English, French, Portuguese and Spanish.
  • COVID-19 Resources, Global Investigative Journalism Network, in multiple languages.
  • 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.
  • Reporting in Indigenous Communities, Duncan McCue's online educational guide to assist journalists who report in Indigenous communities.


Events & Opportunities



AAAS Diverse Voices in Science Journalism Internship
This paid summer internship 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. Application information. Deadline: Mar 5, 2021.

Blue Earth Alliance Documentary Projects
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. Deadline: Mar 31, 2021.

National Press Club Scholarship for Diversity Honoring Julie Schoo
The National Press Club, aiming to bring diversity to U.S. journalism, is offering 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. Deadline: Apr 15, 2021.

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, 2021.

National Native Media Awards
The Native American Journalists Association (NAJA) annually recognizes excellence in covering Indian Country by Indigenous and non-Indigenous journalists across the U.S. and Canada. Deadline: Apr 30, 2021.

Fund for Investigative Journalism (FIJ) Grants
FIJ offers grants up to $10,000 three or four times each year for proposals that break new ground and expose wrongdoing relating to government accountability, local or regional investigations, climate change and economic inequities. Reporting for ethnic media and submitted by journalists of color is strongly encouraged. 2021 deadlines: Feb 8; May 3; more TBA.

Native American Journalists Association (NAJA) National Native Media Conference
Phoenix, AZ, Sept. 15-19, 2021.  Postponed from Sept. 2020 due to COVID-19 pandemic.

FIJ Coronavirus Rolling Grant for U.S. Freelancers
Mar 31, 2020: For the next few months, the Fund for Investigative Journalism will provide immediate emergency grants of up to $10,000 to U.S.-based freelance investigative journalists working on stories on the coronavirus that break new ground and expose wrongdoing in the public or private sector. Reporting for ethnic media and submitted by journalists of color is strongly encouraged. Application: rolling basis.

IRP Global Journalism Fellowships
The International Reporting Project's reporting fellowships on women's rights and LGBTI rights are intended to provide in-depth coverage of important, under-covered international issues, including vulnerability to and leadership on climate change; education; the effects of conflict upon marginalized communities; and more. Deadline: rolling basis.

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. As of Jan 2020, applications are accepted on a rolling basis.



Past and/or Recurring:

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 2021 (either in Washington, DC or remote). 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 19, 2021.

Canadian Journalism Foundation Fellowships
CJF's 2021 fellowship offerings include the Black Journalism Fellowship Program and Indigenous Journalism Fellowships. Deadline: Feb 19, 2021.

NYU Journalism-NAJA Scholarship
The New York University Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute is offering a new full-tuition scholarship to a Native American Journalism Association (NAJA) member admitted to one of the ten NYU Journalism graduate programs in the fall of 2021. Deadline of Feb 10, 2021 may be extendable.

NAJA/NBC News Summer Fellowship
The Native American Journalists Association is partnering with Comcast NBCUniversal to give NAJA member-students real world experience and exposure to one of the world's leading news divisions as a paid summer 2021 intern. Deadline: Jan 27, 2021.

HCN Climate Justice Fellow
High Country News' fellowship, for early career print and visual journalists interested in reporting on climate change and environmental justice, will provide on-the-ground reporting opportunities, a chance to dive deep into important stories and professional mentorship and career development. Deadline: Dec 14, 2020.

Climate Change Resilience Reporting Grants
Feb 17, 2020: 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.

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.

Grist Fellowship Program
Grist's Environmental Justice Fellowship is for early-career journalists and media professionals with a variety of skills, from traditional reporting to multimedia whizbangery. The six-month fellowship, which runs twice yearly, pays $3,334 per month. Fellows can be based anywhere in the U.S. Deadline: Nov 16, 2020 for Winter/Spring 2021.

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. $600 bi-weekly stipend, $125 bi-weekly work-from-home allowance and more. Emerging journalists from BIPOC and LGBTQ+ communities are encouraged to apply. Deadlines: Mar 15, 2020 (Summer/Fall 2020 internship); Nov 1, 2020 for Winter/Spring 2021 internship.

African Climate Change and Environmental Reporting Awards
The Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) seeks submissions from professional African journalists for the 5th Edition of the awards. 2020 theme is "Making climate action a way of life." 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 (TBA soon). 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: Sep 30, 2020.

Abe Fellowship for Journalists
A program of the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) and the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership (CGP), the Abe Fellowship for Journalists is designed to encourage in-depth coverage of topics of pressing concern to the United States and Japan through individual short-term policy-related projects. Deadline: Sep 15, 2020; temporarily suspended in 2020 due to COVID-19.

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: Aug 15, 2020 extended to Aug 22

Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) Annual Convention
Virtual, Aug 9-15, 2020

2020 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 virtual #NABJNAHJ20 Convention & Career Fair, Aug 5-8, 2020.

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. Registration opens Jul 1 to the first 25 registrants. Jul 22 and 23, 2020.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Journalism in a Pandemic: Covering COVID-19 Now and in the Future
The Knight Center's free four-week online MOOC, in partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNESCO, took place May 4-31, 2020. We asked journalists about what we should include in this course, compiled more than 3,000 answers and then we joined forces with those international organizations to produce this course. Available in English, Portuguese, Spanish or French. Learn from other journalists who are on the frontlines of the coverage of the pandemic and from renowned experts. Learn about tools to dispel disinformation, misinformation and myths created around COVID-19.

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.

Heinrich Böll Foundation's Transatlantic Media Fellowships
The HBF annually sponsors journalists from the US and Europe for a five-day transatlantic trip to research stories relevant to the foundation’s work on climate and energy policy, democracy, foreign and security policy, and technology and digital policy. Special consideration is given to journalists: from regional or local media outlets who can demonstrate that transatlantic reporting is a new and important perspective for their audience; women and journalists from diverse backgrounds; whose story ideas would be informative for regional or local policy debates; and who may not otherwise have the opportunity to conduct transatlantic research. $3,500 stipend. Deadline: May 18, 2020.

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.

IJNR Grants for Reporting on Marine Indigenous Protected Areas in Canada
The Institute for Journalism & Natural Resources will provide grants up to $15,000 USD for reporting projects on Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas (IPCAs) in Canada, with a particular focus on marine areas. Projects led by or including Indigenous journalists are strongly encouraged. Deadline: Apr 30, 2020.

Native Broadcast Summit
Phoenix, AZ, April 29-30, 2020
CANCELLED due to COVID-19 pandemic. The theme of the 2020 Summit is "Our Destiny Through Solutions Storytelling." This annual event supports capacity building and professional development opportunities specifically for broadcasters and media makers serving Indian Country.

AAJA National Journalism Awards
The Asian American Journalists Association's National Journalism Awards, established in 1989, recognize and encourage excellence among journalists and outstanding coverage of Asian American and Pacific Islander issues. Deadline: Apr 22, 2020.

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. Includes a specialty environment/health/medical sub-category. Deadline: Mar 13, 2020 extended to Mar 31.

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: Mar 15, 2020 extended to Mar 29 (Spring/Summer).

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 27, 2020.

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 20, 2020.

2020 Senior Journalists Seminar
The East-West Center in Honolulu is accepting applications for the annual Senior Journalists Seminar, Aug 19-Sep 11, 2020, to Washington, DC; Charlotte, North Carolina; Colombo, Sri Lanka; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Participating journalists will include 10-14 journalists from the U.S. and countries with substantial Muslim populations. Minimum 10 years' experience required. Deadline: Mar 12, 2020 extended to Mar 19.

AAJA Executive Leadership Program
The Asian American Journalists Association's Executive Leadership Program, April 6-10, 2020 at ABC News in New York City, 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. Deadline: Mar 15, 2020.

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 $5,000 Me&Eve Award for a female-identified photographer, 40 years of age and over, who uses their camera to address social justice. Deadline: Mar 1, 2020.

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 or freelance women reporters, writers, editors, photographers or producers working in any country and of any nationality. Nomination deadline: Mar 1, 2020.

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. It celebrates women photojournalists whose work inspires us to take action and better understand the world. $20,000 cash prize and work showcased in Washington, DC . Open to full-time women photojournalists of any nationality. Apply yourself or submit a nomination. Deadline: Mar 1, 2020.

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 $16,000, travel and other costs, editorial guidance from a dedicated editor at Type Investigations and more. Deadline: Mar 1, 2020.

IWMF Elizabeth Neuffer Fellowship
This International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF) fellowship gives academic and professional opportunities to women journalists who focus on covering human rights and social justice. During this seven-month fellowship (Fall to Spring), the selected journalist will have the chance to complete research and coursework at MIT’s Center for International Studies and participate in internships with media outlets including The Boston Globe and The New York Times. Deadline: Feb 27, 2020.

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.

IJNR Field Reporting Awards
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: Indigenous Reporting Award, Environmental Justice Reporting Award, Guerry Beam Memorial Award, Andrew Weegar Memorial Award and the Frank Allen Field Reporting Award. Journalists of color and other underrepresented or minority journalists are strongly encouraged to apply. Deadline: Feb 14, 2020.

One World Media Awards
Established in 1988, these Awards honor the best media coverage of the developing world, reflecting the social, political and cultural life of people around the globe. 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 Reporting. Entry fees apply. Deadline: Feb 13, 2020.

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: Jan 17, 2020 extended to Jan 31.

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 2020 Program is "Inequality in the U.S. and Asia:  Drivers, Consequences, and Policy Responses." Deadline: Jan 14, 2020.

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.

National and California Health Journalism Fellowships
The USC Annenberg School of Journalism's annual National Health Journalism Fellowship, with a $2,000-10,000 reporting grant, is open to print, broadcast and multimedia journalists around the country who have a passion for health news. Also offered is a one-week California program in Los Angeles to explore the intersection between community health, health policy and the nation’s growing ethnic diversity, as well as the role that factors such as race, ethnicity and exposure to environmental toxins and violence play in prospects for good health. Fellows receive free tuition, meals, travel, and lodging, plus a stipend. Journalists writing for ethnic media are strongly encouraged to apply. Deadlines: Jan 10 for the California program (Mar 15-19, 2020); Mar 27 for the National program (Jul 19-23, 2020).

World Journalist Fellowship
This fellowship provides support (tuition, registration and stipend) 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). Must have two years' experience and fluency in English and at least one other language. Deadline: Jan 4, 2020.

Michael Elliott Award for Excellence in African Storytelling
This award honors an up-and-coming journalist in Africa who strives to strengthen people's voices and improve their well-being. Winner receives a $5,000 cash prize to pursue an in-depth reporting project. In a special study tour organized by International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), the winner will spend time in U.S. newsrooms to learn new skills and share knowledge, as well as two weeks interning at The Economist in London. Deadline: Dec 31, 2019.

Kim Wall Memorial Fund
The International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF) annually awards one $5,000 grant to a woman journalist who carries forward Swedish journalist Kim Wall's legacy of covering important, underreported stories on subcultures and "the undercurrent of rebellion" from around the world. Deadline: Dec 16, 2019.

Ecotrust's Rural Reporting Fellowship
This yearlong fellowship is for a journalist living in and reporting on a rural community in Northern California, Oregon, Washington or Alaska to tell stories that are truly of those communities and partner with the news outlet or outlets that can ensure this perspective is amplified. $25,000 stipend plus expenses. Journalists who identify as Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) and have connections to members of marginalized communities are strongly encouraged to apply. Deadline: Dec 15, 2019.

Fund for Investigative Journalism (FIJ) Diversity Fellowship
The Fund for Investigative Journalism (FIJ) is partnering with NAHJ and the Miami Herald Media Company to provide a three-month fellowship program that seeks to expand investigative reporting opportunities for diverse journalists. Includes editorial support and a $30,000 grant, which can be used for reporting expenses and a stipend. Deadline: Oct 7, 2019.

ProPublica's Emerging Reporters Program
ProPublica is offering stipends to five minority students who work or want to work at college journalism outlets — newspapers, websites, radio stations or TV stations. Receive $4,500 per semester, plus mentoring. Deadline: Sep 18, 2019.

Excellence in Journalism Conference
San Antonio, TX, Sep 5-7, 2019
The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) and the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), along with the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, will partner for the 2019 conference.

Alfred Friendly Press Partners Fellowships
In partnership with the Missouri School of Journalism, these annual six-month opportunities include a General Fellowship for early-career professional journalists from developing countries and the Daniel Pearl Fellowship for journalists from South Asia and the Middle East to work in U.S. newsrooms to experience the dynamics of a free-press environment firsthand. Deadline: Aug 31, 2019.

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, through a two-week-long program. ICFJ invites Latin American journalists passionate about covering climate and sustainability issues to apply for the 2019 fellowship, taking place Oct 7-19 in Lima, Peru. Deadline: Aug 28, 2019.

National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) Convention and Career Fair
Miami, FL, Aug 7-11, 2019

2019 China-US Journalists Exchange
The East-West Center in Honolulu is accepting applications for the 2019 China-United States Journalists Exchange: Aug 31-Sep 13 to visit Beijing, Hangzhou and Hong Kong (for US journalists) and Sep 8-14, to visit Des Moines, Iowa and Washington, DC (for Chinese journalists). Deadline: Jun 17, 2019.

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 worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, APF Canada suspended the 2020-21 Media Fellowship program, with plans to resume the program for the 2021-22 intake early in the new year (2021).

Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program
Fifteen fellows, chosen from US professionals 40 years or younger, will complete a 9- to 12-month professional development program consisting of high-level work phases in major German institutions and a traveling, European-wide seminar series. Typically, at least five of the competitively chosen Bosch Fellows are from the field of Journalism/Mass Communications. Cash stipend. Deadline: Nov 20, 2020. The final Bosch Fellowship program is taking place in 2020-2021, and the program will be discontinued by the Robert Bosch Foundation thereafter.

IWMF Reporting Grants for Women’s Stories
Twice yearly, the International Women’s Media Foundation offers grants supporting journalism produced by and about women. The grants, averaging $5,000 USD, are awarded to cover reporting-related costs including travel (flights, ground transportation, drivers), logistics, visa fees, post-production costs, and payment for fixers/translators. Open to professional journalists with three or more years' experience. Next deadline is April 21, 2019 (last round of funding).

Island Press Publishing Fellowship
Island Press' Fellowship Program teaches you skills to have a successful career in publishing, environmental communications, non-profit management, or related fields. It's designed to support the professional development of people with marginalized identities, who may have felt excluded from the industry. Especially sought are applicants who have a close working or lived experiences in communities that are historically under-represented in publishing. People of color are strongly encouraged to apply. Deadline: until filled.

EJN Bay of Bengal Story Grants
Internews Earth Journalism Network (EJN) is offering Story Grants to boost reporting of climate justice and resilience in the Indian and Bangladeshi regions of the Bay of Bengal. Deadline: Aug 13, 2018.

IWMF Reporting Fellowships to Mexico and Guatemala
The International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF) invites women journalists to apply for a 2018 expenses-paid reporting trip, Sep 20-Oct 5, to either Mexico (Economic Development after the Elections) or Guatemala (Environment). Deadline: Jul 9, 2018. extended to Jul 17.

IWMF African Great Lakes Reporting Fellowships
The International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF) invites women journalists to apply for a reporting trip in Juba, South Sudan, from Aug 8 to 24, 2018, including a 4-day Hostile Environments and First-Aid Training (HEFAT) in Nairobi, Kenya from August 9 to 12. This reporting trip theme will include topics around civil society and civic engagement. Deadline: Jun 3, 2018.

Asian Environmental Journalism Awards
The Singapore Environment Council's Asian Environmental Journalism Awards (AEJA) aim to recognise and reward excellence in environmental journalism by all individuals, across the region. Deadline: Jan 12, 2018 extended to Mar 31.

Journalism Under Attack: The Phenomenon of Fake News in the Philippines and the Challenges of Accountability in the News Media
The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada invites you to Vancouver, BC on Nov 28, 2017 for a presentation by Manny Mogato, a journalist with Reuters in the Philippines and this year’s winner of the McLuhan Fellowship. Mogato will be presenting on the spread of fake news in the Philippines and how this undermines the news media's role. His discussion comes at a time when human rights and other fundamental freedoms in the Philippines are under the spotlight, and will explore what journalists should do to respond to the threats of fake news and the lack of accountability by purveyors of false information. RSVP by Nov 24, 2017.

FIJ Grants and Schuster Institute Fellowships for Women and Journalists of Color
The Fund for Investigative Journalism (FIJ) and the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism will award grants (up to $9,000) and fellowships to four independent U.S. reporters to investigate significant systemic or social justice issues. Open to women and journalists of color working in any media.

Right Livelihood Reporting Award
With shrinking media budgets around the world, many newsworthy stories on real solutions to global challenges go unreported. The Right Livelihood Award Foundation's new small grant scheme aims to support impartial and high-quality reporting by journalists or final-year journalism students, to put the spotlight on the issues that matter. Deadline: Jun 15, 2017.

Scotiabank/CJFE Journalism Fellowship
This Sep-Apr fellowship is for mid-career Latin American journalists, held at Massey College, the Graduate Residential College in the University of Toronto, Canada. Enroll in any graduate or undergraduate courses and use the full facilities of the University. There are no educational prerequisites for a fellowship; nor does the fellow receive credits or degrees for work done during the year. Accommodation is provided by Massey College. The objective of the fellowship is to enhance inter-American understanding and promote dialogue through an exploration of current issues in journalism and free expression in the Americas in an academic setting. Deadline: Feb 20, 2017. Discontinued in 2018.

The Agora Project
Hostwriter and its Armenian partner Youth Alliance via Networking invite 10 journalists to join a temporary newsroom in Armenia, expenses paid, to cover European topics from a cross-border perspective in late March 2017. Deadline: Feb 19, 2017.

EJN's Biodiversity Media Initiative Fellowship Program to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity's COP13
Journalists (especially indigenous and those from developing countries) are invited to apply to Earth Journalism Network's Fellowship program during the 13th Conference of the Parties (COP13) to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity in Cancun, Mexico, in December 2016. Deadline: Sep 10, 2016.

UNDP Climate Change Storytelling Contest
This contest provides young journalists in developing countries a unique opportunity to contribute to the global debate on climate change in the run-up to COP21, while building their capacity, and providing recognition for excellence. Winners will be funded to attend and cover COP21. Deadline: Oct 11, 2015.

YES! Reporting Fellow
YES! Magazine seeks a journalist for a one-year, full-time, paid, in-house reporting fellowship based in Bainbridge Island, WA (near Seattle). This fellowship is designed to support reporters from communities that are often underrepresented in the field of journalism. Deadline: Jun 10, 2015.


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.


"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.

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