Thanks to generous funding from the Grantham Foundation, and individual members and friends of the Society of Environmental Journalists (SEJ), we are pleased to announce grants totaling $12,500 to five journalism projects selected in SEJ’s Fund for Environmental Journalism Fall/Winter 2013 grant cycle. In addition to the grant, SEJ will provide mentoring support to any grantees requesting it.
SEJ launched the Fund for Environmental Journalism in 2010 to support reporting projects and entrepreneurial journalism ventures related to the environment. Since inception, including the current cycle, small grants totaling more than $90,000 have been awarded to both staff and freelance journalists to cover costs of travel, document access, graphics and website development, translation and other budget items, without which journalists might have been unable to produce and distribute specific, timely stories about important environmental issues.
Congratulations to the grantees in the Fall/Winter 2013 cycle:
$1,500 for reporting a piece in Alaska on how climate change is affecting native Alaskans’ food security and diet, which traditionally has relied on hunting and fishing
$2,900 to complete a book set in Nicaragua that examines the environmental-justice and sustainability issues raised by the worldwide migration of the rural poor to cities
Oxpeckers Center for Investigative Environmental Journalism
Editor: Fiona Macleod
$2,200 for development of an online app that would alert residents and NGOs to environmental-impact assessments being done in their regions on activities such as deforestation, fracking, mining, construction of dams and power stations, and creation of new landfills
Marcus Stern and Sebastian Jones
$3,000 for travel associated with reporting an investigative series on pipeline safety
$2,900 for travel in India, and video and web-production costs, to produce a multi-media story on India’s construction of reputedly the world’s largest nuclear power complex, even as other countries back away from nuclear energy in the wake of the Fukushima disaster
To learn more about the FEJ grant program, including applicant eligibility and submission guidelines, or to see information and links about past grants, please go to the Fund for Environmental Journalism web page. The next deadline for proposals is July 15, 2014.
Please consider making your own donation today, to help SEJ build the Fund for Environmental Journalism and support new work! If you would like to help experienced environmental journalists continue producing rich, rigorously investigated and unbiased content, please make a gift on SEJ’s secure website.