Internews developed the Earth Journalism Network (EJN) to empower and enable journalists from developing countries to cover the environment more effectively. With a mission to improve the quantity and quality of environmental coverage and over 8,000 members from 120 countries, EJN trains journalists to cover a wide variety of topics, develops ground-breaking digital media sties, establishes networks of environmental journalists in countries where they don't exist, and builds their capacity where they do, through workshops and development of training materials, Fellowship programs, support for story production and distribution, and dispersing small grants.
Since 2004, EJN has trained over 4,500 journalists from dozens of developing countries in a wide variety of environmental issues, including climate change, biodiversity, water, environment health, and oceans and coastal resources. As a direct result of activities, these journalists – working in print, radio, TV and online -- have produced over 5,000 stories, not to mention all the environmental coverage they go on to produce afterwards. Several of these stories -- in countries including China, Vietnam, India and Pakistan -- have won national and international awards after uncovering scandals such as wildlife smuggling rings and illegally polluting factories.
EJN has also organized its own Earth Journalism Awards program, in which over 900 journalists from 148 countries participated, and 15 journalists were honored for producing some of the year’s best climate change stories, focusing on key related themes, and hailing from different regions of the world. They have partnered with other non-profits to carry out Fellowship programs to crucial events – including summits on climate change, biodiversity and water – where journalists from developing countries benefit from capacity-building activities and reporting opportunities. Finally, their online network connects hundreds of journalists from around the world with an interest in covering environmental issues.
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