US JOURNALISTS COVERING PUBLIC LANDS (grant, November 15) by Bear Guerra

Via Society for Environmental Journalists:

“SEJ members in good standing may apply with no fee, as can members of diversity journalism associations (e.g., National Association of Hispanic Journalists, National Association of Black Journalists, Native American Journalists Association, Asian American Journalists Association, South Asian Journalists Association, Association of LGBTQ Journalists).

  • What is the news value of the project? If the topic is broad or familiar, does the project make an original contribution?

  • TIP: Focus on what makes it new or original, or how it would advance a story that's already gotten coverage. Include some context, recognizing that there are very few stories that have never gotten any attention before. And provide at least a brief summary of how you would go about reporting or telling this story. Address logistics, timing and key figures to be featured. Don’t worry, we’ll keep details of your plan confidential.

  • How strong is the publication/dissemination plan for the completed work? Who is the potential audience? What is its potential number?

  • TIP: Don't just tell us so-and-so will publish or air your work; include a letter or letters of commitment. If editors won't commit, at least get letters expressing interest from the outlet or outlets to which you'll be submitting the story or stories. Lacking those, we only have your word your story will see the light of day, which reminds us of the old journalism saying, "If your mother says she loves you, check it out."

DEADLINE: November 15.



Via High Country News:

“Honoring the spirit of our founder, Tom Bell, we want to hear from aspiring essayists, ages 18 to 25, who will help tell the ongoing story of the modern American West.

Bell founded HCN in 1970, a time when there was little coverage of environmental issues in the West. The magazine thus became a strong voice for conservation in the West. Bell advocated for better management of public lands, helped persuade the Wyoming Legislature to pass laws for conservation goals, including strip-mine reclamation, and pressured Game and Fish to be more scientific. We’re looking for essayists who can take that kind of passion and apply it to new ideas about the modern West, helping challenge old notions of what it means to live throughout the region.

Essays should be no longer than 800 words. Consider topics you're familiar with and tell us why they’re important to you: environmental or social justice, climate change, water, energy & industry, wildlife, public lands, sustainability, economics -- you decide.”

DEADLINE: October 15.





Via The Texas Observer:

“The Texas Observer seeks an environment reporter to join our 65-year-old, mission-oriented publication. Throughout our history, the Observer has prioritized the environment as a core issue to cover, especially in a state known for its natural resources. As we see it, the environment in Texas is precious and vital — and also under threat. It’s never been more important to have smart, fearless, rigorous coverage of this beat.

The ideal candidate for this position has a record of deep reporting and narrative storytelling, preferably on this issue, though that is not required. We are looking for reporters who value the power of longform investigative journalism, but still have a hearty appetite for filing incremental news stories. Experience with data journalism is a plus.

You must be a mission-oriented professional with an ability to work quickly and independently.”


ASPIRING ENVIRONMENTAL JOURNALISTS (fellowship, July 22) by Bear Guerra

Via Grist:

“The Grist Fellowship Program is a paid opportunity to hone your skills at a national news outlet and deepen your understanding 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 innovators of our time, real-world experience at a fast-paced news site, and the occasional homemade croissant. Fellows have gone on to land jobs at Mother Jones, The New York Times, Wirecutter, Pacific Standard, Oceana, Greentech Media, The Stranger, and (of course) Grist.

The fellowship pays $2,750 per month. Fellows must make a six-month commitment.”

DEADLINE: July 22.