Application Deadline: 16th June 2021
Global food systems account for 1/3 of total greenhouse gas emissions and simultaneously hold many of the solutions to the climate emergency, but receive very little media coverage, especially in developing country media contexts.
Part of the reason is that it is a very complex story to cover, and often, it is told from a western lens. Many journalists around the world lack the support structures, data access, expert sources, and financial resources needed to tell this story well.
With COP26, set to take place in Glasgow in November 2021, there is a key opportunity to spread awareness and build a social movement around the need to integrate just and sustainable food policies within national climate action plans.
In this sense, we hope to support the Glasgow Process, which leverages the role of local governments and farmers as a progressive force on food and climate issues through dialogue, to become a reality not just as an international movement, but as a locally understood media story.
We also hope that through our model of training, paired with journalistic independence and nationally-focused publications, we will be able to support a group of young journalists to become long-term, agricultural policy storytellers.
Over the course of 4 months, we plan to work with a group of 6 international early-career journalism fellows to develop a series of powerful feature stories focusing on key issues and events linked to the Glasgow Process.
What’s in the Story Pitch Opportunity For You?
- Training: If selected, you will receive both collective and individual support for a period of 3 weeks. Our aim is to help you develop as a reporter, with emphasis on the field of climate, food, and agricultural storytelling. At the end of the training period, you will have developed a core thematic and journalistic understanding of the issues.
- Writing and Mentoring: After the training period, you will be challenged to publish 2 stories in national media, covering the lead-up and the local/national Fork to Farm Dialogue event, linked to the Glasgow Process You’ll get the chance to truly take a bite into refining your skillset and participate in collective reflections and peer learning. This time would also involve far more specific support on your individual stories and the research, drafting, and editorial stages of publishing.
- In-depth Publishing: You’ll then move on to the next stage of the fellowship, which will run for 10 weeks. You will be challenged to pitch, research, investigate, and publish an in-depth story linked to the Fork to Farm Dialogue and Glasgow Process. Your story will be published in national media and we will support republication in regional or international media. We’ll be with you every step of the way, through your investigative storytelling journey and you’ll be encouraged to build on the support of all fellows. You’ll receive investigative and interviewing skills, logistical and editorial support.
- Get PAID!: We offer a stipend for two months (180EUR per month) and then a grant for an in-depth story (350EUR).