Call for the EJN Story Grants of One Health in Asia Pacific 2023 is open now!!!
From the emergence of H5N1, the Covid-19 pandemic, Mpox, and other zoonotic diseases, to an increase in antimicrobial resistance, from exposure to mercury and lead in water to dioxins in food, there are multiple warnings around us that environmental degradation has grave impacts on human health. Stressors such as deforestation, industrialization, agricultural expansion, biodiversity loss, and bushmeat consumption continue to exacerbate these impacts, multiplied further by climate change.
The One Health framework recognizes that human health is deeply interconnected with the health of animals and plants, and with the health of the environment and natural ecosystems. The need for a One Health or integrated approach to address these threats has grown more urgent. Earlier this year, the Quadripartite Alliance, made up of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the World Health Organization (WHO), and the World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH) issued an unprecedented call for enhanced global action.
In the last few weeks, the World Health Organization published text that will form the basis of negotiations toward an international Pandemic Treaty, the Global Initiative to End Wildlife Crime published suggested changes to it, focused on preventing the spillover of pathogens from animals to people, and more than 200 medical journals urged the World Health Organization to declare two overlapping environmental crises — climate change and biodiversity loss — as a global health emergency, calling it a “dangerous mistake” to consider the health and nature crises in separate silos.
For global action to keep pace with the urgency of this crisis, public awareness and collaboration among researchers, health professionals, epidemiologists, toxicologists, veterinarians, and conservationists must improve.
To help meet this need, EJN’s Asia-Pacific project aims to increase the quality and quantity of coverage of a wide range of One Health issues. Better-informed audiences will be equipped to urge policymakers to bridge silos and adopt One Health measures to curb the growing health, climate, and environmental crises.
With support from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), EJN is pleased to offer up to 12 story grants to selected journalists. In addition to funding, selected journalists will receive support from experienced mentors through the story production process.
- EJN expects to award up to 12 grants with an average budget of $2000 each.
- Each selected journalist will be paired with an editorial mentor and receive guidance from a One Health thematic expert.
- Grantees will receive access to a new health journalism course delivered via Whatsapp, produced by Internews’ Health Journalism Network and EJN.
- They will also be invited to join EJN’s soon-to-launch One Health-focused reporters’ community for peer learning and exchange.
- EJN plans to issue grants in January with the expectation that all stories will be published by May 2024 at the latest.
- Applicants should consider this timeline when drafting public health regulations and best practices for local disease outbreaks when out in the field of their work plan.
- Safety: EJN encourages reporters to follow public health regulations and best practices for local disease outbreaks when out in the field so reporters do not endanger themselves or the people they’re interviewing. If needed, the reporter should include any Covid-related costs, such as tests or personal protective equipment, in their budget.
- Language of publication: Stories can be produced in any language. However, applicants who intend to write or produce stories in their local language need to also submit an English translation of the final story, or incorporate English subtitles in their broadcast. Please include the cost for translation in the budget, if necessary.
- Story budget: All applicants are required to provide a detailed budget with justification for the amount requested using the template provided below. EJN asks that the budgets be reasonable and account for costs necessary for reporting, such as travel and accommodation. Please also note on the budget form if the applicant is receiving funding from any other donors for the story.
- Generally speaking, applications with smaller budgets will be more competitive, but EJN will consider larger grant amounts for stories using innovative, collaborative, or investigative approaches that may be more resource-intensive and time-consuming.
- EJN expects that proposals will largely reflect what equipment the applicant already has access to (including cameras, drones, lighting, tripods, etc.) and will not consider budgets that heavily focus on procuring new equipment.
- EJN will consider a stipend for the reporters’ salary, particularly if the applicant is a freelancer. Please estimate the time the applicant will need to complete this story and propose compensation that the applicant believes reflects a fair market rate. EJN asks, however, that this comprises no more than 30% of the total budget.
- Acknowledgment of EJN support: Published stories and/or broadcasts must disclose EJN support by including this tagline: “This story was produced with support from Internews’ Earth Journalism Network.” Exceptions will be considered for security reasons on a case-by-case basis.
- Republication rights: Those who are awarded grants are free to publish or broadcast their stories first in their affiliated media, as long as Internews’ EJN, its partners, and the grant funder are also given rights to edit, republish, broadcast, and distribute them freely.
- EJN aims to support the production of stories that raise awareness of the interlinkages between human, animal, and ecosystem health.
- EJN is looking to support explainer journalism that unpacks the science behind One Health issues in a compelling way for their audiences; solutions stories that examine One Health-informed efforts to safeguard human health and environmental resilience; and in-depth reports that dig into the challenges in implementing these approaches at a local, national and regional level.
- Stories that highlight the transboundary nature of environmental impacts on health are also welcome.
- Proposals that focus on topics or stories that have not been widely covered and are likely to drive conversation among communities and policymakers are preferred. Issues that have already received a lot of media coverage or broad-based ideas that don’t provide unique insights are less likely to be selected.
- EJN will accept applications from journalists residing in countries in Southeast Asia, South Asia, East Asia, and the Pacific Islands.
- EJN will not accept applications from Australia, New Zealand, Central Asia, or the Middle East.
- Journalists from low- and middle-income countries in the region will be prioritized.
- Groups of journalists are eligible.
- Cross-border collaborations are welcome, however, the application must be made in the name of one lead applicant.
- Lead applicants are responsible for communicating with EJN and receiving funds on the group’s behalf if awarded.
- For the purposes of this grant opportunity, EJN will only be accepting applications in English. Unfortunately, EJN does not have the capacity to consider applications in other languages at this time. Applicants must either have a working understanding of English or have a translator available to assist with communication with Internews staff.
- Applications are open to journalists working in any medium (online, print, television, radio) and other expert media practitioners with professional reporting experience.
- EJN welcomes applications from early-career journalists and experienced reporters with a track record of covering health, climate, and environmental issues.
- EJN encourages applications from freelance reporters and staff from all types of media organizations — international, national, local, and community-based.
- EJN reserves the right to disqualify applicants from consideration if they have been found to have engaged in unethical or improper professional conduct.
- Click the ‘Apply now’ button at the top of the page.
- If the applicant has an existing account, they’ll need to log in. Since EJN recently updated its website, the applicant might have to reset their password by clicking the “Forgot password?” link on the login page. If the applicant doesn’t have an account, they must register by clicking “Log in” on the top right of the page and clicking the “Sign up” link at the bottom of the page that opens.
- If the applicant can start the application and want to come back and complete it later, they can click ‘Save Draft.’ To return to the draft, they’ll need to go back to the opportunity and click ‘Apply now’ again to finalize the application.
- Applications should provide a detailed budget in an Excel spreadsheet with a justification for the amount requested. Download the budget template now by clicking on this link.
- All applicants are required to provide a signed letter of support from their editor, explicitly stating that the media outlet will publish the stories produced as a result of this grant.
- Applicants will also need to submit two samples of stories or links to relevant work.
- The applicant will be asked to upload these supporting documents once they start the application process, so please have them handy.
- Applicants are strongly encouraged to participate in EJN’s new research study evaluating the state of climate and environmental journalism globally.
- The survey is available in 11 languages for journalists and editors covering climate and environment and will close on December 8.
Application Deadline: December 8, 2023 (5 Days Remaining)Apply nowOfficial link