[Imc-africa] CCMP Fellowships to the UNFCCC COP17 Climate Summit in South Africa
mollystentz at gmail.com
Mon Jun 20 19:30:36 PDT 2011
COP17 - CCMP Fellowship
Sat, 2011-11-26 - Sat, 2011-12-10
Program application dates:
Thu, 2011-06-09 04:00 - Thu, 2011-06-30 23:59
*CCMP Fellowships to the UNFCCC COP17 Climate Summit in South Africa*
The Climate Change Media
Partnership<http://www.climatemediapartnership.org/>(CCMP) is proud to
announce the launch of a Fellowship program that will
send journalists to the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Durban
(COP17) in late 2011. The Fellowships are open predominantly to journalists
from developing countries, but journalists from the US and Russia are also
welcome to apply.
Formed in 2007 by Internews’ Earth Journalism Network (EJN), Panos London
and the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), the
CCMP has brought developing country journalists to the annual UN climate
summits over the past four years. This has enabled them to cover the summit
for their home media organizations, work with experienced and knowledgeable
journalists from around the world, and gain a multifaceted understanding of
climate change's global impact. Numerous regional organizations also play a
supporting role in the partnership.
As part of the fellowships, the CCMP will cover travel, lodging and daily
subsistence expenses, arrange press accreditation at COP17, and provide
other support services. The Fellows will benefit from a series of specially
designed activities, including an orientation session, breakfast briefings,
a field trip and a media clinic.
The CCMP fully respects the editorial independence of all journalists.
Throughout the conference, Fellows are free to report as they see fit. We do
require that Fellows attend the entire summit, provide copies or summaries
of all the stories they file during COP17 for posting on our websites and
that they show collegial attitude towards other Fellows. One of the main
benefits of this program will be the opportunity for Fellows to exchange
views and information with their journalistic peers from around the world.
Fellowship applications are now open and close June 30, 2011 at midnight
EDT. All journalists working for media in a developing country, the US or
Russia are eligible to apply. Traditionally, we have only welcomed
journalists from developing countries, but due to the challenges of
reporting on climate change in the US and Russia, and the availability of
funding for Fellows from these countries, we are opening this year’s
Fellowships to US and Russian journalists, as well. Criteria for evaluating
applicants will include the prospective Fellow's demonstrated interest in
climate change issues; their audience; and the ability of the Fellowship to
provide an opportunity for those journalists who might not otherwise have a
chance to cover such events.
At the moment, we only have sufficient funding to bring a small number of
Fellows, but are actively working to increase our support in order to
increase those numbers. In addition to selecting Fellows whom we hope to
announce in September, therefore, we’ll also create a waitlist from which we
can select additional journalists as more funding becomes available.
Although we expect there will be a diverse range of experience and regions
represented among the Fellows, one goal of this program is to reach
audiences – particularly marginalized communities -- who are currently
underserved when it comes to climate information.
Any queries may be submitted to ccmp at internews.org. Initial funding for this
program is provided by private US foundations, including the Kendeda Fund
and the Smart Family Foundation.
Applicants will be required to:
- Complete and submit an online application
the June 30, 2011 deadline.
- Provide a support letter from their editor, producer, or supervisor
*[Note: Freelance journalists are welcome to apply, but must provide a
letter of support indicating that their stories will be published or
- Provide two samples of their work, published within the last 12 months
- Have a valid passport that will not expire before June, 2012
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