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Climate change media mentorship: applications now open! (global)

Get your pitches ready! This is one of our best mentorship opportunities yet! 
Get your pitches ready! This is one of our best mentorship opportunities yet! 

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THE OPPORTUNITY

We’re excited to announce this new call for applications to our global media mentorship programme! 

This is an all-encompassing and engaging fellowship. When you apply, you will have the chance to be part of the new cohort of 6 young journalists eager to learn about and produce climate stories.

Between March and July 2022, this diverse group will cover the climate crisis from the frontlines, producing exclusive stories for Climate Tracker. 

But the fun does not stop there. Throughout the fellowship period, each storyteller will receive mentoring from our experienced team, as we work alongside them to strengthen their knowledge of climate change reporting. 

We’ll be challenging each fellow to experiment and use new media techniques, formats, and platforms to tell their stories. Selected fellows will also get a chance to connect and collaborate with other international journalists.

As a selected participant, you will be challenged and supported to publish stories (individually and collaboratively), produce newsletters, engage in podcast production, and participate in social media content creation on Instagram, Twitter, and TikTok! 💃

Your stories will be shared and promoted throughout our channels and networks. Our aim is to make you famous for the awesome climate messages you produce. Exciting, right?!

A great chance to sharpen your new media skills to amplify your journalism and boost your marketability. 

Deadline to Apply: Monday 21st February, 2022

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YOUR COMMITMENT AS A SELECTED FELLOW 

This fellowship only rolls around every 6 months, so this is your chance to seize this awesome opportunity.

Selected fellows will have to participate in group calls every two weeks, where they will receive learning sessions from our team. They must also engage in individual calls when needed. Additionally, our fellows will have to work on our expected products and multimedia contributions. 

Here’s a taste of what our group will be jumping straight into:

  • 1 short news story (2 sources, 500-700 words, 1 photo)
  • 2 feature stories (at least 3 sources, 1K-1.2K words, 3 photos)
  • 1 collaborative story (more than 5 direct sources, at least 1 infographic, 5 photos, more than 2K words)
  • Depending on our selection, you might move on to do a collaborative story or a long form individual story
  • Newsletter adaptations of your stories / Podcast contributions about your stories / Instagram Live interviews

Not only is this a great opportunity to build your network around the world and engage with journalists beyond your country/region, it’s a fantastic chance to gain hands-on experience and receive a $200 USD per month stipend.

To promote your stories, you will have the chance to choose from the following: 

Newsletter contribution: You will produce a first person adaptation of your story in our Climate Weekly newsletter. With this, you will be able to experiment with the newsletter format.

Podcast interview: You will be interviewed about one of your stories for our Climate Tracker Weekly podcast. You will experiment with this platform and get to know the process of creating your own podcast.

Instagram Live Interview: You will do a live interview through Climate Tracker’s Instagram account and will be able to experience live video interviewing yourself!

Twitter Space Interview: You will do a live interview on Climate Tracker’s Twitter account. This will let you experiment with the Twitter Spaces format and live interviewing.

TikTok video: You will write a 3 minute script for a TikTok video to portray one of your stories in a fun, creative, newsy way.

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OKAY, YOU’VE GOT ME! WHAT’S NEXT?

APPLY! APPLY! APPLY!

We’re reviewing applications as you read this, so make haste and apply TODAY! 

Here’s what Clara Ferrer Puccio, one of our recent climate change media mentees from Argentina had to say about her experience ⬇️ ⬇️

SOME PITCHING ADVICE

  • Climate policy: we’re interested in stories that fiscalize the implementation of climate policy, in areas like science, energy, adaptation, transport, conservation, etc.
  • Impacts: Has climate change impacted local communities in your country? How? Could these impacts have been prevented? What role did authorities play? Make sure there’s a strong link between your story and the climate crisis.
  • Covid-19 pandemic: Has the pandemic affected climate plans in your country? Is your country investing in renewables or in fossil fuels for its recovery strategy?
  • Solutions: Have communities in your area implemented new environmental solutions? Are they related to a larger framework such as NDCs, carbon credits, etc? What limitations do they have?

WHAT ARE WE LOOKING FOR IN OUR FELLOWS?

Ideal candidates will have:

  • Be 18-35 years old
  • 1 year of journalism experience min
  • A hunger to improve as journalists – this is a learning experience
  • A proven history of writing quality climate stories

Meet our most recent batch of fellows from this programme! 

The clock is ticking and we’re excited to review your submission! 

If you have any questions or experience any difficulties with your application, feel free to contact Dizzanne Billy, from our Outreach Team, at dizzanne@climatetracker.org. 

All the best!