InfoNile in collaboration with Earth Journalism Network invites applications from editors from all regions of Uganda for an editors’ biodiversity training program which will be held in Kasese district in February 2022. 20 editors will be selected.
Kasese district was chosen as the host district because of its rich biodiversity and proximity to various unique biodiversity habitats such as The Queen Elizabeth National Park, Rwenzori ranges, River Nyamwamba and Mobuku, freshwater lakes, saltwater lake (Lake Katwe) and hotsprings.
In addition to classroom training with biodiversity and journalism experts, this training will incorporate field visits to conservation projects and natural sites to familiarize the participants with the importance of biodiversity and to inspire them to conserve and restore biodiversity in Uganda. The workshop will also have an important focus on reporting on wildlife trafficking and poaching.
After the training, editors will pair up with reporters in their media houses to report an in-depth story on biodiversity and/or wildlife trafficking to be published in their media houses, supported by small story grants. These stories will be done as a follow-up to encourage the editors to mentor reporters in their media houses on reporting on biodiversity. InfoNile will continue to mentor the editors as they work with the reporters on their biodiversity stories through to publishing, including on production of data visualizations.
Who are we?
Earth Journalism Network (EJN) is a global network working to enable journalists from developing countries to cover the environment more effectively. EJN also works with reporters and media outlets in virtually every region of the world. In their mission to improve the quantity and quality of environmental reporting, EJN trains journalists to cover a wide variety of issues, develops innovative online environmental news sites and produces content for local media – including ground-breaking investigative reports. It also establishes networks of environmental journalists in countries where they don’t exist and builds their capacity where they do. It does so through workshops and the development of training materials and by offering Fellowship programs, grants to media organizations, story stipends, and support for story production and distribution.
InfoNile is a collaborative cross-border group of environmental “geo” journalists with a mission to uncover critical stories on water issues in the Nile River Basin of Africa through data-based multimedia storytelling. We work on investigative multimedia data journalism projects on critical issues of water and environment across the Nile Basin. Past investigations have included issues of land grabs across the Basin, community-based solutions to wetland destruction in East Africa, and the environmental and health impacts of Sudan’s oil and gas industry.
How to Apply:
Submit the following to email@example.com
-A one page maximum pitch describing the journalist’s motivation for participating in the training and how he/she will use the knowledge gained. This paragraph should also mention previous training courses in which the journalist has participated.
-Letter of support from your media house
Apply by 6th January 2023, 5:00pm EAT