Submit your proposal for the Africa Environment Reporting Program 2022, organized by African Women in the Media (AWiM).
AWiM is looking for proposals that highlight the gender-related nature of African environmental problems.
They especially like in-depth articles on environmental solutions with a focus on one of the 12 pillars of the African Green Stimulus Program. Journalists should also focus on the impact of the Covid-19 epidemic on ecosystems, biodiversity, conservation, waste management and other issues related to Africa’s wider environmental problems that affect women.
Preference is given to pitches that focus on stories that haven’t received much attention. So look out for topics that offer a clear gender perspective on environmental issues.
Subjects that have already been discussed extensively are less likely to be chosen.
AWiM will provide training to journalists assigned to write articles. The commission for each article is $100 USD.
Requirements for the AWiM Africa Environment Reporting Program
Applicants must be female journalists in Africa. Applicants can be from any African country. Only entries written in English will be accepted at this reporting price.
Candidates must have a solid knowledge of English or be able to translate their work into English.
Female journalists working in any medium (e.g. Internet, print, television, radio, etc.) and other media practitioners with a history of beating environmental beats are eligible for pitches. Pitches from freelance reporters and contributors from all kinds of media organizations are welcome, including international, national, local and community-based media. If you work for a media company, state in your pitch whether your company wants to co-publish your article.
The narration format
For the duration of the initiative, they plan to award a total of 60 story prizes. Ensure that women’s voices are recorded effectively when you are on the field, and follow all safety precautions if necessary; access to AWiM’s security for journalist training can be granted.
Each report must have high-resolution photos, be authenticated, fact-checked, and undergo the typical journalistic scrutiny.
If your piece is reprinted in the appropriate medium, it must include your byline and a statement at the end that it was created as part of the AWiM/UNEP Africa program for environmental journalism.
How to Apply
All pitches must be less than 250 words long. It should highlight the main issue you want to focus on, why it’s important to the program, how underreported it is, and what the gender perspective is. Also explain why you are the best person to report this and what kind of access you already have.
Before submitting your proposal, you must first: editorial policies and submission guidelines.
Send any grant proposals to: [email protected]