Deadline: August 15, 2021

Proposals are invited for the Earth Journalism Network (EJN) Reporting Project on Illegal Fishing in the Galapagos Islands 2021. EJN offers scholarships to support the production of in-depth reports that report on illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing in the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador and the impacts that this practice is having on an environmental and economic scale, as well as in the media. life of the fishing communities of that country.

Background

Galapagos is one of the most diverse maritime areas in the world; Add to this that Ecuador is a key stop on a larger transnational illegal fishing route that includes Argentina, Chile and Peru, and the need for increased awareness and actions to combat illegal fishing and protect civic space becomes evident. in the region.

Due to the Ecuadorian government’s limited actions to stop illegal fishing in that country’s EEZ, various local media and civil society organizations have begun to raise awareness and press for a greater response from the Ecuadorian authorities. However, more coordination and reporting skills are needed to ensure that people understand the real threat of illegal fishing and can defend their rights.

For this reason, the Internews Earth Journalism Network launches this call for Ecuadorian journalists who are interested in investigating and producing reports on the subject described, and in this way bring the situation to the fore, inform the population and hold the governments involved accountable. .  

Grant

  • They expect to award eight grants of $1,500 in September, with the expectation that all reports will be published by mid-January 2022 at the latest.

Eligibility

  • Entries in Spanish will be accepted. Applications written in a language other than that indicated will not be considered.   
  • They will accept applications exclusively from Ecuadorian journalists.
  • Nominations are open to journalists working in any medium (online, print, television, radio) and to other specialized media professionals with experience in investigative reporting and a history of coverage of environmental issues. They will also accept requests from business journalists interested in publishing on the economic links of illegal fishing.
  • They encourage requests from freelance reporters and staff from all types of media organizations – international, national, local, and community. However, they ask that your report proposal be directed to the public to which it is published.
  • They seek to support both beginning journalists and journalists with many years of experience producing reports. They will accept both individual and group applications, but for the latter, they ask that the application be made on behalf of a lead applicant who will receive the grant on behalf of the group, if awarded.

Selection Criteria

Applicants should consider the following points when designing their reporting proposals:

  • Relevance: Does the proposal meet the criteria and objectives of the call? Why is this story important and to whom? Are the main idea, context, and overall value to the target audience clearly defined?
  • Angle: If the story has been covered, does your proposal bring new insights into the topic or offer a new angle?
  • Impact: Does the proposal have a compelling narrative or investigative element that will inform and engage, attract attention, spark debate, and prompt action?
  • Innovative storytelling – The use of creative approaches, multimedia, and data visualization will be seen as an advantage.

Application

Applications must submit a detailed budget with the justification of the amount requested. Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered.

For more information, visit Earth Journalism Network.

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