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Arthur Wyns

Arthur Wyns

European Campaign Manager

arthur@climatetracker.org

Win an incredible writing opportunity in Central Europe

If you are from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, or Poland, pick up your pen, camera or laptop, and start writing for the climate. 

It is time to pressure our governments to take climate change serious, to stop developing new fossil fuel projects, to invest in renewable energy and to put the future of its people first!

This is an opportunity  for people based in Central Europe only.

To join our Global Campaign, go here.

Join our movement and put climate change back on the agenda in your country. To join our competition, we are asking you to publish a news piece on climate change.

The 10 best writers Win a Fully-Funded fellowship to our journalism workshop in Poland!

2 more will win a fellowship to the UN climate summit in this December.

By joining our workshop and the team, you will meet talented journalists from the whole region, receive training on climate change and journalism from experts, and become part of an international network. You cannot miss this chance!

JOIN THE COMPETITION HERE

Exciting! How do I join?

STEP 1: To join our competition,  publish a news piece on Climate Change in your country between   July 15 – September 10.

You can choose from one of these 5 climate change angles.

This can be an article, a video, a picture series (whatever works best for you) but make sure it is published in a newspaper, a magazine, an online news site, etc

STEP 2: Once published, submit the link before August 31 to our Climate Tracker app. We will provide you with personal feedback. 

STEP 3: The best articles will be asked to semi-finals, with another challenge waiting.

STEP 4: In September, 10 participants will get to go to a 3-day Climate journalism workshop in Poland, 12 – 14 October with national and international experts.

STEP 5: 2 writers will win fully-funded fellowships to the UN Climate talks in Katowice, this December.

 

Help! I am not a climate change expert nor a professional journalist.

Don’t worry, we’re here to help. We will be sharing many useful tips and resources with you to help you get your article published. You don’t have to be a professional journalist or climate change expert to participate. Everybody has a story to tell, and we hope you can bring your experience and background into your story.

Once you sign up for the competition we will send you regular journalism tips, information toolkits and story ideas, but if you have a specific question or need more help, feel free to contact me at arthur@climatetracker.org.

Frequently Asked Questions

1.What should my article be about?

To join this competition, you need to write about climate change in Central Europe: why it is important for the region to take climate action, how it is affecting the region, what are the alternatives, and so on.

You can choose from one of the 5 angles that we propose here, and we encourage you to search for relevant information and stories from your region or country.

2. What language should I write in?

You can write in any language, either your own language or English. Whatever works best for the audience you are trying to reach.

3. Where do I publish my article?

You have to find a news site, blog, newspaper, magazine… willing to publish your article. It can be at a national, regional, local or international level. Aim for the one with the best outreach, and avoid fake news websites.

If you never published before, we are here to help you! Have a look at our toolkits, and feel free to contact us for help.

4. Can I use other formats aside from writing?

Yes, you can also send us a picture series (as long as you published it somewhere), video (upload your video it in youtube and send us the link), radio (if you send us the link of the radio programme where you appeared and a transcript of your intervention) or a multimedia piece.

5. How much time do I have?

To make a chance to win this competition, you need to publish a news piece between July 15 and August 31. The participants who submit an article before the deadline will be asked to complete a second challenge. Don’t forget to send us a link of your published piece via the CT App.

6. Who can apply?

This is a competition for anyone from the Visegrad countries: Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary. If you are not from (or living in) one of these countries, you can apply to our global competition.

7. What can I win?

First of all, a whole lot of respect: joining this writing movement means you are passionate about our environment and our future, and you want to raise awareness and ambition. You are part of the Climate Tracker movement!

The 10 people who impress us the most will also get a fellowship to a Journalism workshop in Poland, how awesome is that?!

And to top it all off, we will be handing out 2 fellowships to join Climate Tracker at the UN Climate Summit COP24 in Poland this December.

8. How will people be selected?

The best writers will be chosen among the applicants, based on the feedback for their article. You can check our rating system for articles here. We also look at enthusiasm, potential for growth and personal impact.

JOIN THE COMPETITION HERE

The best of luck! Make sure to join our Central and Eastern Europe Community and feel free to reach out.

Arthur Wyns

About Arthur Wyns

Arthur Wyns is a tropical biologist and science journalist who writes about climate change, environment and migration. He manages Programs and Partnerships for Climate Tracker since 2017. With a group of biologists he founded Lonely Creatures, an organisation that brings under attention the stories of endangered species around the world.