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Join our “Stop Fossil Fuels!” multimedia competition and win a fully funded fellowship to the June climate negotiations in Bonn, Germany!

We are looking for young journalists from around the world who want to make a big impact in their countries by publishing about stopping fossil fuel projects in their own countries.

We have to stop burning fossil fuels and radically transform our societies if we want to stay within the 1.5 degrees of warming limit. And in this new economy and society we have to build there is no place for new fossil fuel plants. So then, why countries keep investing in building new fossil fuel infrastructure?

A recent report states that banks invested 1.9 trillion USD in fossil fuels since 2015, when the Paris Agreement was signed, and top oil firms still spend millions lobbying to block climate policies.

Luckily, people around the world are mobilising to stop fossil fuel projects: from the fight against fracking in the UK, to trans-country gas pipelines such as TAP, or new coal plants like La Union in the Philippines or Sundarbans in Bangladesh.

Children around the world are also telling us that we need to act now, that we have to change the word if we want them to have a future.

That is why we are asking you to publish about a fossil fuel project in your country that has to be stopped. They don’t belong in our future.

The best 3 writers will get a chance to attend the climate negotiations the 14th – 29th June 2019, which will be held in Bonn, Germany. There you will receive training on climate and journalism by Climate Tracker, get to attend the international climate negotiations and meet amazing people from everywhere in the world! You cannot miss this chance!

HOW TO APPLY

    1. Write an article about stopping new fossil fuel projects before April 26th, 2019. It has to include some multimedia aspect, such as sound, video or photography.
    2. Publish your article. You have to find a news site, blog, newspaper, magazine, etc. Willing to publish your article. It can be at a national, regional, local or international level. Aim for the one with best outreach across the region.
    3. Submit your article link to our platform.

Climate Tracker will revise the articles submitted through the app, give you feedback and tips, and select the best writers. The 3 best writers will get a fully funded fellowship to Bonn, Germany for the UNFCCC meeting.

DEADLINE

Publish and submit your article by April 26, 2019.

FAQs

  1. What is this competition about?

This is a multimedia competition about stopping new fossil fuel projects everywhere in the world.

The best 3 writers will get a chance to attend the climate negotiations the 14th – 29th June 2019, which will be held in Bonn, Germany. There you will receive training on climate and journalism by Climate Tracker, get to attend the international climate negotiations and meet amazing people from everywhere in the world! You cannot miss this chance!

  1. What do I have to write about?

You have to write about a fossil fuel project in your country / region that has to be stopped.

You have to include some multimedia aspect to it, such as pictures, video or sound. We will give you some tips on how to do that.

  1. What do I need to know about writing the article?

Your article should be at least 500 words.

We prefer it when writers have interviewed at least two people for their article — for example, experts, community members, or policymakers.

You have to include some multimedia aspect to it, such as pictures, video or sound. We will give you some tips on how to do that.

You can check our rating system for articles here.

  1. Where do I publish my article?

You have to find a news site, blog, newspaper, magazine, etc. Willing to publish your article. It can be at a national, regional, local or international level. Aim for the one with best outreach across the region.

If you never published before, we are here to help you! Check the “how do I pitch to editors” question below.

  1. In which language can I publish my article?

You can publish in any language you prefer.

  1. Which countries are eligible?

Anyone can apply!

  1. Is there an age limit?

We accept applicants that are between 18 and 30 years old, but you are encouraged to apply anyway if you do not fulfill this requirement (age is just a number anyway).

  1. How will the final Trackers be selected?

The best writers will be chosen among the applicants by analysing their outreach and writing skills. You can check our rating system for articles here. We may conduct interviews if we find it necessary.

  1. How do I pitch to editors?

Pitching your story to an editor can be a very difficult part of your work. We know that. We have several tools and ideas to help you. First of all, check this funny piece on how to find editors. Afterwards, you can read this summary on how to do a good pitch, and learn from the practical example it gives. Finally, some last tricks to boost your success.

  1. It is my first time publishing, can you help me?

For sure! We have created toolkits and handbooks to make your work easier. Check here for a handbook on writing about climate change and on how to write an effective op-ed. And also amazing tips on what works and doesn’t when communicating climate change.

Here a list of other shorter toolkits that you may find useful:

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/