Biodiversity Story Fund

The Earth Journalism Network’s biodiversity story grants are one of three components of our three-year Biodiversity Media Initiative, which aims to support media reporting on threats to wild species and novel conservation approaches.

Through this initiative, EJN is offering grants ranging from $1,000 to $2,000 depending on the proposal and method of coverage, with some flexibility for deep, investigative stories using innovative approaches to storytelling.

We are particularly interested in supporting proposals that focus on areas of high species diversity, such as the Amazon, Central Africa and Southeast Asia. Special consideration will be given to applicants looking to conduct investigative or enterprise reporting on these topics.

The Biodiversity Media Initiative runs from 2016-2018 and is funded by Arcadia — a charitable fund of Peter Baldwin and Lisbet Rausing.

In 2016, the selected stories range from an investigation of threats to biodiversity arising from corruption linked to mining in the Peruvian Amazon, to coverage of conflict between rare river dolphins and low-income fishing communities in India, and reports on the impacts of marine noise pollution on migrating whales in the Pacific Ocean. A story by Mexican journalist Iván Carillo Pérez, on the plight of one of the world’s rarest amphibians, won a prize in the Mexico’s premier science journalism awards.

In 2017, the stories covered rare birds in the Solomon Islands, gorilla-human conflict in Uganda, community-based conservation in Vietnam, an invasive insect that is destroying forests in Russia, threats posed to biodiversity by a major road planned in the Colombian Amazon, and how communities in India are sharing in the benefits of other people’s access to their local biodiversity.

The Earth Journalism Network will publicize future story grant opportunities here.


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