Internews’ Earth Journalism Network  will be organizing a Fellowship for journalists interested in agriculture  — 1 each from China, India, Brazil, the US and Northwestern Mexico — to attend the IUCN World Conservation Congress  being held in Jeju, Korea in early September (5th-12th). This program is aimed at working with journalists who cover agriculture and want to learn about and boost their coverage of agro-ecology and food security issues.
Journalists working for media from the 5 countries listed above in any media format (print, radio, TV or online) are welcome to apply for this Fellowship, which will provide journalists with support for travel, lodging and daily expenses in Jeju, help with registration to attend the conference, and participation in a one-day field trip. The donor supporting this program, the Christensen Fund, is quite specific about the countries we are seeking journalists from, so we apologize we can’t offer to send journalists from other countries.
Interested journalists can apply by sending the following to Jeff Rutherford at firstname.lastname@example.org  and making sure the words IUCN and Agriculture are in the subject line:
- A copy of your CV and bio, describing your background in journalism and current media affiliation;
- A letter of support signed by your editor/producer/supervisor acknowledging that you can participate in the Fellowship program, that you can attend the entire program arriving on Sept 5th and departing on Sept 12th and that your stories will be published or aired by the media organization;
- Two samples of your journalism work;
- A 500-word explanation of why you’d like to participate in the Fellowship program.
Fellowships still available as of July 24th; apply ASAP.
If you are a journalist interested in agriculture and interested in applying, please do so. If you know of any journalists from China, India, Brazil, the US or NW Mexico who might be interested and suitable, please spread the word! Freelance journalists are also welcome to apply so long as they can provide the signed letter of support from an editor/producer/supervisor. Criteria for selection include the size and reach of a media organization’s audience, the quality of an applicant’s journalism work, and the demonstrated interest of an applicant in reporting on agriculture and food security issues.