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“It matters when indigenous people tell indigenous stories…When it comes to mainstream coverage of issues of Indigenous peoples, we often experience media at their worst. For indigenous peoples, our stories are overlooked, we remain out of sight, out of mind.

Rick Harp of podcast Media Indigena

Overview

Indigenous people worldwide suffer the most from adverse impacts of climate change. At the same time, however, mainstream media coverage of indigenous communities is often late and limited. Media attention often misrepresents or under-represents indigenous communities.

Climate Tracker is giving two emerging climate journalists a $100 grant to report on how indigenous communities are experiencing and responding to climate change. We give preference to writers and journalists from indigenous communities themselves, but we will also consider those who have had significant experience reporting from indigenous communities, or who can demonstrate that they can do so responsibly.

 

Expectations of Output

  • Journalists are expected to produce 2 outputs: a 750-word article, and accompanying photos.
  • If you would like to submit a format not listed here (i.e. video, data visualisation, timeline, etc.), feel free to email lily@climatetracker.org to discuss options.

 

Who is eligible:

We are looking for early-career journalists aged 16-30 who are passionate about covering climate change and women’s issues. We will give preference to underreported issues in the global south.

We welcome submissions from multimedia journalists, photojournalists, videographers, as well as print journalists who want to experiment with photo, video, and audio.

 

How to apply?

Journalists must apply in a google form here:

  1. A 150-word pitch of their article. This pitch must include the community/individuals they intend to cover, the related climate change issue, why this is of national/international importance, and the format of the piece.
  2. A 150-word personal statement, describing their experience in journalism and interest in covering indigenous issues, and how this grant would help them report on a story that they otherwise would not be able to cover.
  3. Links to previous works they have published.

 

Deadline

We will be accepting submissions until 15 February.

 

Got questions?

Feel free to contact Lily Jamaludin, our Digital Campaigns Manager, at lily@climatetracker.org with questions or comments.

Climate Tracker

About Climate Tracker

A network of over 9,000 passionate young journalists, communicators and activists, getting climate change in the headlines around the world. Find out more about us at climatetracker.org/about/