Fellowship Brings Journalists from 20 Countries to Rio+20 Summit


Earth Journalism Network, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

A group of 30 journalists that includes Fellows, editors, trainers and staff from 20 countries will report on the negotiations of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, also known as the Rio+20 Summit, taking place in Brazil this month. Over 10 days, the journalists will participate in capacity-building activities focused on the main themes of the international meeting, have contact with sources of government, civil society and multilateral organizations, and provide locally relevant reporting to audiences back home.

Twenty journalists were selected through a competitive process to participate as fellows, accompanied by experienced editors and reporters as trainers. Meet the delegation. Stories produced by the fellows will be available on Internews’ Earth Journalism Network web site. Some stories can also be seen by following #ejn on twitter.

"The program is a unique opportunity to connect journalists who come from different parts of the planet, but face the same dilemmas when reporting on sustainable development," says James Fahn, director of Internews’ Earth Journalism Network.

Fellows hail from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Belgium, Bhutan, China, Colombia, Denmark, Ecuador, Spain, the United States, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Montenegro, Nigeria, Kenya, Paraguay, Peru and Serbia.

The Rio+20 conference will be held June 20-22, and marks the 20th anniversary of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), in Rio de Janeiro, and the 10th anniversary of the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg.

The Fellowship program is a collaboration between Internews’s Earth Journalism Network and the Brazilian environmental reporting organization O Eco, and is supported by Fundo Vale, a Brazilian foundation dedicated to nature conservation projects. Additional support has been provided by the Botza Foundation, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and an anonymous donor to Internews.

Internews and O Eco are also working together to develop InfoAmazonia, an interactive mapping platform that will present layers of information on the Amazon including satellite images, data on forests, biodiversity and infrastructure, and journalistic reports from our trans-boundary network of communicators around the region.