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Just Transition in the Philippines: Pitch us your story!

Tell us, what would a ‘just transition’ look like for the Philippines? What are the key issues to be addressed to achieve this goal?
Tell us, what would a ‘just transition’ look like for the Philippines? What are the key issues to be addressed to achieve this goal?

Advocates have been underscoring the importance of a ‘Just Transition’ in the Philippines. But the idea remains an abstract aspiration especially with gaps in the climate conversation. As the country takes steps toward climate action by raising its carbon emission reduction target to 75% by 2030, what would a ‘just transition’ look like for the Philippines? What are the key issues to be addressed to achieve this goal?

These are some of the questions we want you to learn and report about through our new fellowship, in partnership with Friedrich Ebert Stiftung – Philippines. 

THE OPPORTUNITY 

This fellowship has a lot in store! Our fellows will benefit from:

  • The chance to build their publishing profile around climate, energy, renewables, and the just transition
  • Get training and mentoring from experts and experience journalists to effectively report on these issues 
  • Fellowship grant to fund their stories
  • Recruitment into our growing network of over 18K journalist and media professionals around the world 

WHAT DO WE EXPECT FROM YOU?

For us, it’s really important for you to be truly committed to the process but also we want you to have fun learning, publishing, and building your network! 

Additionally, here are some of the expectations: 

  • Collaborative publishing in a global new site and on Climate Tracker’s website
  • In-depth publishing in a local new site with global reach 
  • Dedication to our training and mentoring sessions 
  • Feedback blogs and testimonials on your experiences with the fellowship, at the end

HOW TO APPLY

Applying is super simple! But you’ve got to do it early, the deadline to apply is February 11th, 2022. 

Submit a pitch for a story focusing on just transition in the Philippines. 

Your pitch needs to include: 

  • Working title
  • Story summary (max 200 words)
  • Sources – let us know if there are any sources (like interviews) you’ve already confirmed, or ones you think you have a good chance of securing soon (prospective)
  • Story length – how long do you think the story will be? We recommend limiting the story between 600-1200 words for analysis and feature pieces. Investigative stories could be longer
  • What media do you think your story would be ideal for? – this helps us to get an idea of the style you plan to use
  • Links to stories you’ve published before
  • A link to your CV

ARE YOU THE IDEAL FELLOW?

To help you out here, we’ve got three groups of fellows we’re looking for.

  1. Experienced journalists from across the Philippines who have an interest in reporting more about the just transition in a national sense
  2. Reporters who are interested in focusing their stories on their province. Ideally, here we’re looking for journalists who are not based in Manila and can write about the just transition in a very local sense, about their province
  3. Campus journalists who are searching for the chance to build both their knowledge and reporting profile as it relates to the just transition

If you’re between the ages of 18-35 years of age, based in the Philippines, and find that any of these three descriptions matches you, please APPLY TODAY! 

The final selections will be based on:

  • The value and interest of your pitch
  • Proof of experience in journalism 
  • Your interest and potential to learn and collaborate throughout the fellowship initiative

And that’s it! We look forward to hearing from you soon. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to our Climate Tracker Asia representative – Joanna Nodado – at joanna@climatetracker.org and our Outreach Manager – Dizzanne Billy – at dizzanne@climatetracker.org

All the best! 

Dizzanne Billy
Dizzanne is an all-around storyteller, with a special place in her heart for the beach, cats, and Coldplay. She's experienced in journalism, communications, marketing, and music.