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Opportunity

Join Climate Tracker at the UN Climate Action Summit in New York!

What: Climate Tracker has 8 reporting fellowships available for journalists, photographers and video makers.

Where: New York (yes, New Yooooork!)

Who: The Fellowships are available to young people aged from 18 – 32, from anywhere around the world! 

Who will be there: Presidents, Prime Ministers, and the leading environmental campaigners, scientists from around the world. And Greta Thunberg!

Why?: It’s the chance of a lifetime. These are historic moments in the leadup to 2020, and this is your opportunity to report directly from the events

When: September 19-26, 2019

Background

We are looking for young journalists from around the world who want to make a big impact in their countries by publishing about a youth movement or young leader pushing for climate action in their country.

As of today, the plans presented by countries are not enough to keep global warming within the Paris Agreement’s 1.5C degree limit. That is why UN Secretary-General António Guterres is calling for a special summit in New York, the Climate Action Summit, which will convene and urge global leaders to set forth concrete plans that raise ambition on climate action. Just a couple days before this, young leaders from all over will gather at the first ever Youth Climate Summit to showcase climate solutions and engage with decision-makers on the defining issue of our time.That is why we are asking you to publish a story about the young people who are making climate action a reality.

The best eight writers will get a chance to attend and cover the Global Climate Strike, the UN Youth Climate Summit, the UN Climate Action Summit, and other events happening in New York City from the 19th – 26th September 2019

The eight fellows will also receive training on climate and journalism organized by Climate Tracker and the Stanley Foundation, participate in group interviews with high-level officials/experts, and network with amazing people from all over the world! All expenses (such as accommodations in close proximity to the UN headquarters and round-trip, economy-class airfare) will be organized and covered for the eight fellows as part of the fellowship.

Climate Tracker has partnered with the Stanley Foundation and the UNSG’s Climate Action Summit Team to organize this fellowship.

What do I have to write about?

You have to write and publish about a youth movement or young leader pushing for climate action in your country. You could decide to profile one individual person that has inspired you or your country, or write about a local, national, or international movement that is pushing for change.

What about multimedia?

Yes please do! We would love to have multimedia additions to this competition. 

If you are thinking of doing a photo essay, make sure you profile great climate activists or marches and publish it in media.

If you are thinking of video, it could as well profile some people or reflect on the movement you are profiling. Get it published into another story or in media in your country!

What else should I know?

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, young people, or policymakers. 

It is always best to include a picture that is original and related to the topic.

You can check our full rating system for articles here to get an idea on how we will assess it.

Oh, and it can be in any language!

Selection

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.

How do I pitch?

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

But it’s my first time

That’s ok! 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.

Where can I publish?

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

Toolkits

Chris Wright

About Chris Wright

Co-founder and Director of Climate Tracker. Based in Borneo. Trail Running convert.