Journalism

LA Times seeks National Energy and Environment Writer

The Los Angeles Times is looking for an accomplished writer to explore energy and environment in the West. The future of the western landscape and the scope and consequences of America’s growing energy independence are among the most important issues affecting the future of our region, and they are being decided now.

This reporter should have a strong familiarity with public lands policy, environmental regulation, energy development and water resource allocation, as well as with the complicated politics and economics that drive decision-making on these often-combative issues. The successful candidate will be able to dig deeply and write memorably on topics that are often dismissed as important but arcane. Strong digital skills are essential.

This is a job for an energetic reporter who wants to lead the pack in breaking important news, but who also has the resourcefulness to pursue investigations, and the style to craft profiles and narratives that will help shape the public debate. This is an opportunity and a challenge to do distinguished work.

This position is funded with a grant from the Society of Environmental Journalists’ Fund for Environmental Journalism, and will most likely be based in Denver.

Interested candidates should contact Kim Murphy, assistant managing editor for foreign and national news. Kim.murphy@latimes.com.

The Grist Fellowship Program

Contact: fellowships@grist.org. No phone calls, please and thank you.

Want to grow as a journalist while absorbing a universe of green knowledge? Apply for the Grist Fellowship Program. We are an independent nonprofit media organization that shapes the country’s environmental conversations, making green second nature for our monthly audience of 2,000,000 and growing. At Grist, green isn’t about hugging trees or hiking — it’s about using humor and real talk to connect big issues like climate change to the places where people live, work, and play.

What is the Grist Fellowship Program?
The Grist Fellowship Program is an opportunity to hone your skills at a national news outlet and deepen your knowledge of environmental issues. We’re looking for early-career journalists with a variety of skills, from traditional reporting to multimedia whizbangery. We will offer exposure to the leading sustainability thinkers and theories of our time, real-world experience at a fast-paced news site, and the occasional office chili cook-off.

What is expected of the fellows?
Fellows will work full-time, making daily contributions to Grist’s editorial operations including (but not limited to) research, reporting, story ideas, writing, and multimedia experiments. Working closely with the fellowship program manager, each fellow will also identify a long-term special project to produce in collaboration with others on the team. We will encourage full participation in staff discussions and meetings, seek input on issues large and small, and laugh politely (or heartily, depending on the circumstances) at all your jokes.

What are the details?
Fellows work out of Grist’s Seattle office. Fellows must make a six-month commitment. The fellowship pays $2,250 per month. In special cases the fellowship will be renewable once by mutual agreement between the fellow and Grist. Renewal candidates will be considered alongside the applicant pool for the next fellowship cycle.

Who should apply?
Any curious, self-motivated, hard-working individual who wants to grow as a storyteller. We are looking for writers, reporters, and editors, as well as all-stars in fields such as video, audio, and data visualization. Our primary subject areas are climate and energy, food, cities, science and technology, pop culture, and environmental justice. Candidates are most likely college or j-school grads, with some experience in journalism.

Where do I apply?
www.grist.org/fellowships

For fellowships that begin July/August 2015, please submit applications by March 30, 2015.

Grist is an equal-opportunity employer.

Ocean Science Journalism Fellowship

Application deadline: May 1, 2015
For more information, visit http://www.whoi.edu/osj/

WHOI Ocean Science Journalism Fellowships were established in 2000. The next program will be held from September 13-18, 2015. The OSJ program is designed to introduce science journalists to the interdisciplinary and wide-ranging fields of oceanography and ocean engineering.

Through seminars, laboratory visits, and brief field expeditions, Ocean Science Journalism Fellows gain access to new research findings and to fundamental background information in engineering, marine biology, geology and geophysics, marine chemistry and geochemistry, and physical oceanography. Topics range from harmful algal blooms to deep-sea hydrothermal vents; from seafloor earthquakes to ice-sheet dynamics; from the ocean’s role in climate change to the human impact on fisheries and coastline change; from ocean instruments and observatories to underwater robots.

Our program is a one-week, residential experience open to professional writers, producers, and editors working for print, broadcast, radio, and Internet media. The ideal candidate will have at least two years of writing, producing, or editing experience for a general-interest audience. Freelancers, book authors, and writers from nontraditional media may also be considered, but should be able to show a substantial portfolio of work.

All fellows receive a travel allowance, as well as room and board for one week. International journalists are welcome to apply.

Application Information
We are now accepting applications. All applications and supporting materials must arrive by mail no later than May 1, 2015. Applicants are encouraged to apply early!

Please note that you still need to mail hard copies of writing samples after you complete the online application form.

Ted Scripps Fellowship in Environmental Journalism at the University of Colorado

Applications are being accepted for the 2015/2016 Ted Scripps Fellowships in environmental journalism at the University of Colorado, Boulder. The deadline is March 1st.

The fellowships, hosted by the Center for Environmental Journalism, are a nine-month academic program that helps professional journalists acquire knowledge necessary for covering the environment more effectively. Scripps fellows audit classes, conduct in-depth research, and reflect on critical questions without the pressure of deadlines. The program begins in late August and ends in early May.

Five fellows are chosen each year and receive a stipend of $50,000 for the nine months. The program is open to full-time journalists in all media, whether on staff or freelance. To be eligible, an applicant must be a U.S. citizen, have a minimum of five years full-time professional journalism experience, and have completed an undergraduate degree.

For more information about the program, eligibility requirements, and the application process, please go to the fellowships page of the Center for Environmental Journalism website (http://centerforenvironmentaljournalism.businesscatalyst.com/scripps-fellowship–cej–cu-boulder.html).

 

Energy and Climate Media Fellowships 2015: Call for Applications

The Heinrich Böll Foundation is currently accepting applications for its Energy and Climate Media Fellowships for 2015. The goal of this fellowship program is to create opportunities for American journalists to research and report stories from Europe about European approaches to energy and climate policy that would inform policy debates in the United States. The fellowship recipients choose their own thematic focus in the fields of energy and climate policy, but we encourage reporting on the development of renewable energy production, the economics behind the transition to clean energy, sustainable urban development, preparing for the impacts of climate change, how Europe is pursuing energy security, or other aspects of green economy in Europe that are of particular interest to their audiences. Fellowship recipients (and/or their employers) retain full editorial control over their reporting.

Who can apply

The fellowship is open to journalists from the United States (and based in the U.S.) in any medium who report on energy and climate issues and who are eager to contribute to transatlantic policy debate by reporting about European practices in energy and climate policy. We will give special consideration to journalists from regional or local U.S. media outlets who demonstrate that their story ideas would be relevant and informative to regional or local policy debates.

What we offer

The Heinrich Böll Foundation will cover travel and accommodation costs within reason and provide an honorarium as compensation for the fellowship recipients’ work. Typically, we are able to cover the basic costs of five days of research in Europe, but this is subject to final approval on an individual basis. (Please note: All travel and research must be conducted in Member States of the European Union.) Each fellowship recipient decides his or her own dates of travel between April and October 2015. We can provide some assistance with setting up meetings in Europe. We expect each recipient to publish a series of at least three (3) stories from their fellowship by the end of the calendar year.

How to apply

To apply for a fellowship, please submit a written proposal outlining your specific research interests and story ideas. Please also include your CV and 1-3 samples of your past work. Please send your application by email to Mr. Roric McCorristin, Program Director of The Transatlantic Energy and Climate Network, at Roric.McCorristin@us.boell.org. The application deadline is 8am EST on Monday, February 23, 2015.

 

About The Transatlantic Energy and Climate Network

 

The Transatlantic Energy and Climate Network is a project of the Heinrich Böll Foundation in Washington, D.C., committed to strengthening dialogue between Americans and Europeans to advance a sustainable clean energy economy on both sides of the Atlantic. It is funded by a grant from the European Union.

Dive Into Hands-On Research with a Fellowship in the MBL’s Logan Science Journalism Program

The Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL), an international center for research and education in biological and environmental sciences and an affiliate of the University of Chicago, invites journalists to apply for a fellowship in its Logan Science Journalism Program, to be held May 27 to June 5, 2015. The deadline to apply is March 2.

Since 1986, this program has plunged journalists into laboratory or field research in one of the most dynamic settings for scientific discovery in the world. Fellows choose between one of two courses: the Environmental Hands-On Research Course or the Biomedical Hands-On Research course. The main emphasis is on research activities, enriched by discussions, scientific talks, and excursions.

Alumni of the MBL’s Logan Science Journalism Program include hundreds of prominent journalists from U.S. and international media outlets. Read some of their testimonials here.

Fellows in the 2015 Environmental Hands-On Course will experience field and laboratory science immersion both at the MBL and at the Plum Island Long Term Ecological Research site north of Boston, Mass., where they will discover firsthand how human activities are shaping the health and functioning of a coastal ecosystem.

Fellows in the Biomedical Hands-On Course will gain exposure to the fundamental techniques and concepts of cell and molecular biology that underlie many approaches to current biomedical research.

Limited extended-stay fellowships will be awarded to Biomedical fellows to remain in Woods Hole during the dynamic MBL summer season, and to Environmental fellows to travel to Toolik Field Station in Arctic Alaska (pending program funding). Completion of the relevant Hands-On Course is a requirement to apply for an extended-stay fellowship.

To apply, please visit http://www.mbl.edu/sjp/ and submit an application by March 2, 2015. Domestic travel, room and board, and all course and activity fees are underwritten by the fellowship.

Job announcement: Energy and Environment Reporter at Colorado Public Radio

Colorado Public Radio is searching for an outstanding energy and environment reporter for a new position in CPR’s expanding newsroom.

You’ll need to grasp the inherent tensions in Colorado energy and environmental policy that come from the state’s diverse geography, demographics and political viewpoints. You’ll also want to demonstrate an understanding of how Colorado’s energy and environment issues fit into the national picture, and how national policy influences decisions made here.

The ideal candidate has a passion for digging deep into issues and owning this beat. Your in-depth stories will be produced for morning and afternoon news magazines, newscasts, digital platforms and our interview show, Colorado Matters. You’ll help explain and provide context that leads to distinctive content that has an impact on CPR’s audience.

You know your way around databases and know how to analyze that data. You will be able to help CPR’s digital team visualize that data on digital platforms. You also know how to use social media to seek sources, follow online discussions on your beat and share insights from your reporting.

Colorado is a state that is exploring some big ideas – legalized pot, fossil fuels versus renewables, urban vs. rural values, immigration, development vs. natural resources, the role of government in a purple state. It’s also teeming with a diverse arts and culture scene. All this in a newly expanded newsroom with mountain views, set in an awe-inspiring place to live.

Our ideal candidate has a minimum of five years reporting experience preferably in public radio and covering the environment and energy beat. You can demonstrate how to creatively use radio and digital platforms to tell stories. Spanish language fluency a plus.

You can see the full job description (http://www.cpr.org/ employment-opportunity/energy- and-environment-reporter). Send a cover letter, resume, three examples of your broadcast  reporting, and three references to hr@cpr.org. Please include links to audio or video samples. Put energy and environment reporter in the subject line. Colorado Public Radio offers a competitive salary and benefits. No phone calls or drop-ins please. This position will remain open until filled.

Colorado Public Radio is an equal opportunity employer and encourages workplace diversity.