Deadline: July 23, 2021

Applications for the Earth Journalism Climate Change Media Partnership 2021 Reporting Fellowships to COP26 are now open. The Climate Change Media Partnership (CCMP), led this year by Internews’ Earth Journalism Network (EJN) in partnership with the Stanley Center for Peace and Security, is pleased to announce the 2021 CCMP Reporting Fellowship Program for journalists interested in covering the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26).

Hosted by the United Kingdom, in partnership with Italy, COP26 was postponed in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but is currently scheduled to take place in the city of Glasgow from October 31 to November 12, 2021.

Since its launch in 2007, the CCMP has brought more than 350 journalists from developing countries to attend and report on the annual UN climate talks. This has enabled journalists from around the world to cover the climate negotiations for their home audiences, while benefiting from working alongside knowledgeable climate journalists and gaining a multifaceted understanding of the actions countries are taking—or not taking—to address climate change’s global impact.

Despite the uncertainty around the practical details of this year’s conference due to the COVID-19 pandemic, CCMP organizers believe that it is critical for journalists representing diverse countries—and especially those from the Global South—to have the opportunity to attend and cover COP26, if possible. With this goal in mind, the 2021 CCMP Reporting Fellowship aims to bring up to 20 journalists from developing countries, including 12 journalists from the Asia-Pacific region, to report in-person at COP26, if circumstances allow.

Fellowship Details

  • As currently envisioned (and subject to change), CCMP Fellows would travel to Glasgow to attend the second week of the UN climate negotiations, with arrival on November 4 and departure on November 14.
  • The CCMP will cover non-refundable economy-class airfare, accommodation, meals, travel insurance, and transportation costs to participate in the Fellowship. Organizers will also reimburse for meals and other transport expenses acquired in transit, including COVID testing; facilitate the press accreditation process; and provide logistical support relating to the trip. Please note that the process of obtaining any necessary visas is the Fellow’s individual responsibility, though they can reimburse visa costs.
  • Prior to the start of COP26, Fellows will receive resources and technical support to help prepare for reporting at the conference. Once in Glasgow, Fellows will participate in a series of specially designed activities, including an orientation session with climate experts on the key issues at this COP, daily briefings, and interviews with high-level officials. They will also be guided by EJN trainers, who are senior journalists with experience in covering UN climate summits.

Eligibility

To be eligible for the Fellowship, the applicant must:

  • Be a professional journalist from or representing an established media house and reporting from a developing country.
  • Have a good command of the English language.
  • Have previous experience reporting on climate change issues and clearly indicate the kinds of stories they might pursue while attending the conference.
  • Be available and willing to travel to the UK to attend COP26 in person, arriving on November 4 and departing on November 14, and understanding that barriers beyond the control of the organizers may ultimately prevent in-person participation.
  • Commit to participate in all Fellowship activities.
  • Provide a letter of support from an editor, producer or supervisor who can confirm that your news reports will be published or broadcast in an established media outlet. Freelancers are welcome to apply, but must provide a letter of support from a media outlet for which they intend to report.

Evaluation Criteria

Criteria for evaluating applicants include the prospective Fellow’s demonstrated experience covering climate change and other environmental topics, clear reporting plans for the COP, the audience reach of the proposed media outlet, and geographical distribution across the Fellows.

Application

Applications for the 2021 CCMP Reporting Fellowship will be accepted from June 30 – July 23. Decisions will be communicated before the end of August. Applications submitted after the deadline will not be accepted, please consider submitting at least one day in advance of the deadline to avoid any issues.

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