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

 

Events & Opportunities

 

Upcoming:

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 24, 2022.

Native Storytelling Workshop
High school students with Native American heritage can spend Jun 12-16, 2022 at University of Kansas (for free!) learning broadcast, podcast, photo and written journalism with a group of Indigenous leaders working in media professions. In partnership with the NAJA and Haskell Indian Nations University. Deadline: May 27.

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: May 31, 2022.

NAJA/AAJA Pacific Islander Journalism Scholarship
This new funding from the Native American Journalists Association and the Asian American Journalists Association aims to help Indigenous peoples of the Pacific pursue careers in journalism. The goal is to improve Oceania representation and storytelling in the news media industry. Two scholarships of $4,500 available for a variety of needs. Deadline: May 31, 2022.

Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) Annual Convention
Los Angeles, CA, Jul 27-30, 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.

Native American Journalists Association (NAJA) National Native Media Conference
Phoenix, AZ, Aug 25-27, 2022, in partnership with the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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: Nov 1 for Winter/Spring 2023 (Jan-Jun).

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.

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:

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: Feb 22 for the California program (Apr 18-22, 2022); May 18 for the National program (July 10-14, 2022).

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.

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 8, 2022 extended to May 2.

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: Apr 30, 2022.

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.

Native Broadcast Summit
Phoenix, AZ, Apr 20-22, 2022

Heinrich Böll Foundation's Transatlantic Media Fellowships
The HBF annually sponsors journalists from the US, Canada 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; from diverse backgrounds who can offer lesser-heard perspectives; and who may not otherwise have the opportunity to conduct transatlantic research. In 2022, $3,500 stipend for on-the-ground fellowship; $1,500 for digital fellowship. Deadline: Apr 18, 2022.

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 2023), 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 15, 2022.

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 26, 2022 extended to Apr 6.

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, 2022.

One World Media Fellowships
One World Media will select 12 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 29, 2022.

National Press Club Scholarship Opportunities
The National Press Club is offering two 2022 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; and 2) 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: Mar 18, 2022 extended to Mar 27.

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 2022 ELP will be hybrid, with sessions held virtually and in-person components in Los Angeles during #AAJA22 convention in the US. Deadline: Mar 25, 2022.

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 25, 2022.

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: Mar 18, 2022.

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. Nomination deadline: Mar 18, 2022.

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 13, 2022.

John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships
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 $85,000 plus supplements for housing, child care, health insurance and books. Also open to spouses and partners of Fellows. Deadline: Mar 8, 2022.

AAAS Diverse Voices in Science Journalism Internship
This paid summer internship, June 1-August 16, 2022, 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: Mar 7, 2022.

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: Mar 4, 2022.

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: Mar 3, 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.

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: Feb 24, 2022.

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 2022 intern. Deadline: Feb 4, 2022 extended to Feb 18.

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, 2022.

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 10, 2022.

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 2022, 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: Feb 6, 2022.

AJPA Simon Rockower Awards
The American Jewish Press Association's annual awards program honor achievements in Jewish media. Deadline: Feb 4, 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.

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: Feb 3, 2022.

Michael Elliott Award for Excellence in African Storytelling
This award honors two up-and-coming journalists in Africa who strive to strengthen people's voices and illuminate the transformational change taking place on the continent. Winners receive a cash prize, a $1,000 reporting grant and a personalized crystal award. One of the winners will complete a two-week internship at The Economist's headquarters in London, United Kingdom. Another winner will spend time in U.S. newsrooms in Washington, D.C. and New York City. Deadline: Jan 30, 2022.

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.

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 2022 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 $14,000 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, 2022.

Canadian Journalism Foundation Fellowships
CJF's 2022 fellowship offerings include the CJF Black Journalism Fellowship Program, six months at a CBC/Radio-Canada (English or French) or CTV News newsroom across the country, or at the Investigative Journalism Bureau, and the paid CJF-CBC Indigenous Journalism Fellowships, hosted by CBC News for one month at its Indigenous Unit in Winnipeg. Also available: The new CJF Bursary for BIPOC Student Journalists, $5,000 to a BIPOC student in their final year of a Canadian undergraduate journalism program. Deadline: Jan 14, 2022.

NYU Journalism-NAJA Scholarship
The New York University Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute is offering a new full-tuition scholarship (>$70,000 value) to a Native American Journalists Association (NAJA) member admitted to one of the ten NYU Journalism graduate programs in the fall of 2022. Deadline: Jan 4, 2022.

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: Jan 3, 2022.

IWMF Kim Wall Memorial Fund
The International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF) will provide two $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 16, 2021.

ERC Collaborative Reporting Grants
The Environmental Reporting Collective is accepting applications for Collaborative Investigation Grants open to media outlets, journalists and freelancers from two different countries or regions. Grants range from $1,000 to $3,000 USD and are offered quarterly. Next deadline: Nov 30, 2021.

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 six-month fellowship, which runs twice yearly, pays $3,334 per month. Fellows can be based anywhere in the U.S. Six fellowships are available this round, including Environmental Justice and Indigenous Affairs. Deadline: Nov 15, 2021 for Jan 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.

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: Oct 15, 2021.

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. Deadline: Sep 7, 2021.

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, 2021.

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. In 2021, however, it's a virtual course focused on mental health, stress management and digital wellbeing, taking place Sep 16-Nov 11. Deadline: Aug 22, 2021.

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 22, 2021.

IJ4EU Cross-Border Investigative Journalism Grants
The Investigative Journalism for Europe (IJ4EU) fund opened two new calls for cross-border investigative journalism projects in the European Union: Investigation Support Scheme and Freelancer Support Scheme. Available grants between €5,000 and €50,000 ($5965.80 and $59658.00 USD). Deadline: July 14, 2021.

Sharon Begley-STAT Science Reporting Fellowship
The Knight Science Journalism Program, in partnership with health, science and medicine publication STAT, is taking applications until Jun 30 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: Jun 30, 2021.

A Digital Path to Entrepreneurship and Innovation for Latin America
This twice-yearly International Center for Journalists program on entrepreneurship and innovation is for journalists, ages 25 to 40 years, in Latin America. During the 15-week virtual program, fellows receive one-week ICFJ-led virtual orientation, six weeks professional virtual newsroom attachments, eight weeks professional mentoring and a $1,700 grant for their digital project. Deadline: Jun 25 for Fall 2021.

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. Deadine: June 7, 2021 extended to Jun 14.

JSK Community Impact Fellowships
The John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships is expanding their support of journalism that serves local communities of color by offering remote Community Impact Fellowships for the 2021-22 academic year beginning in September. Fellows will craft and develop practical solutions that address the flaws in how the journalism industry serves communities of color in the U.S. Fellows will do this by working remotely on projects to address information gaps in those communities. Open to staffers ($55,000 stipend) and freelancers ($75,000 stipend). Each fellow receives an additional $10,000 for the year to cover health care insurance and project expenses. Deadline: May 27, 2021.

National Science-Health-Environment Reporting Fellowships
Apply by May 17, 2021 for this special year-long fellowship, a collaboration of SEJ, the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing (CASW) and the Association of Health Care Journalists (AHCJ). Twelve early-career US journalists interested in covering any or all of the three fields will receive training, networking, mentoring, new sources and story ideas — while allowing them to stay at their jobs. Journalists of color are especially encouraged to apply.

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 and Scholarship Program
The South Asian Journalists Association offers two opportunities: 1. The 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. 2. The Scholarship Program helps journalism students meet a portion of tuition fees and costs at North American universities. Up to $20,000 in 2021 to up to 10 students ($2,000 for each student). Deadline for both: 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.

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.

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 due to COVID-19. Program discontinued March 2022.

Excellence in Journalism Conference
Virtual, Sep 12-13, 2020
The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) and the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) partnered for the 2020 conference.

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."

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.

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