New Reporting Opportunity – Cattle and Central American Forests
Jan09

New Reporting Opportunity – Cattle and Central American Forests

Mongabay is excited to announce our new Cattle and Central American Forests Mongabay Reporting Network (MRN), which aims to inform the world about the scale, scope, and impact of cattle production on Central America’s forests and wildlife at the regional level. Pasture lands are one of the main drivers of destruction and degradation of tropical forests in Central America. They are often located on the most fertile lands in the region (volcanic and floodplain soils) which had supported lush forests. Driven by demand, the expansion has continued, and now, small-scale farmers are being displaced for further expansion of pasture land, and they in turn are increasingly clearing forests in order to regain their lost livelihoods. Articles produced under this MRN will focus on the following topics: illegal cattle production, the role of national governments, the fate of small-scale farmers, the relationship between illegal cattle ranching and narcotrafficking, the relationship between cattle ranching and deforestation, the impacts of the current situation on indigenous communities, and solutions to the problem. Click here to read more about this opportunity and how to...

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New Reporting Opportunities: Asia-Focus
Sep21

New Reporting Opportunities: Asia-Focus

Mongabay is excited to announce four new reporting opportunities within our Mongabay Reporting Network program. Articles produced under these four opportunities will be focused on Asia: Asian rhinos, Indonesian Coal, Mekong dams and Infrastructure expansion in Indonesia, Malaysia and Papua New Guinea. Asian Rhinos Asian rhinoceroses are amongst the world’s rarest and most threatened animals. Mongabay is seeking story pitches for a multi-year project on Asian rhinoceroses, including the Sumatran, Javan, and Indian one-horned rhino. Proposals for both news updates and in-depth features will be considered. Read the details here. Mekong dams Stretching more than 4,000 kilometers from the Tibetan Plateau to the South China Sea, the Mekong is one of the world’s great river systems. Mongabay welcomes story pitches on the environmental and social impacts of dams along the Mekong and neighboring river systems. Priority countries for coverage are Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. Stories from Myanmar and southern China will also be considered. Read the details here. Indonesian Coal Coal burning is a major climate threat. Indonesia’s push to build scores of coal-fired power plants could lock in coal demand for decades, while driving carbon emissions, worsening air and water pollution, and resulting in further environmental degradation including forest destruction. Expanded coal demand will also exacerbate social conflict, land-grabbing, corruption, and further concentration of wealth and power in the hands of oligarchs. Yet this coal development can still be stopped. Highlighting the dangers and risks of coal expansion among the public, policymakers, and international financiers could spur a shift toward greener and more equitable forms of energy. Read the detail here. Infrastructure expansion in Indonesia, Malaysia and Papua New Guinea Indonesia, Malaysia and Papua New Guinea all have economic development plans that call for increased investment in infrastructure: new roads and railroads through wilderness areas; massive land reclamation projects; hydroelectric dams; coal and natural gas-fired power plants, and more. Mongabay is seeking pitches for stories on the potential social and environmental impacts of proposed infrastructure projects in these countries. Proposals for both news bulletins and in-depth investigations are welcome. Read the details...

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New Reporting Opportunity – Great Ape Crisis
Sep19

New Reporting Opportunity – Great Ape Crisis

Mongabay is excited to announce our new Great Ape Crisis Mongabay Reporting Network (MRN), which aims to inform the world about escalating threats to the world’s great apes. Great apes are balanced on the knife-edge of extinction. Mountain gorillas, western and eastern lowland gorillas, and Sumatran and Bornean orangutans are all now listed as Critically Endangered; chimpanzees and bonobos are Endangered. The article series, to be published in the last quarter of 2016 and first quarter of 2017, will bring public attention to the issues causing this situation. Articles produced under this MRN will focus on the following topics: wildlife trade, wildlife trade solutions, survival plans, industrial agriculture, logging, energy development or human-great ape conflicts. However, Mongabay is open to hearing your great ape pitch, even if it falls outside the specific topics listed here. Click here to read more about this opportunity and how to...

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Mongabay is hiring a Latin America-focused bilingual writer
Jul12

Mongabay is hiring a Latin America-focused bilingual writer

Mongabay, a non-profit news media organization, currently seeks a full-time Bilingual Junior Writer to adapt content for Mongabay-Latin America and Mongabay News, our Spanish and English-language environmental news services. The Bilingual Writer will be responsible for adapting articles on a daily basis about environmental issues—especially those related to forests, wildlife, land use, and conservation— to be published on our English and Spanish-language sites. We are looking for someone who can write publication-ready stories in both English and Spanish without need of further editing. This is not a translation position. Read more about the Bilingual Writer position and how to apply....

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Mongabay welcomes a content strategist/editor
Jul11

Mongabay welcomes a content strategist/editor

Mongabay is rapidly growing: in the past year and a half, we launched a Spanish-language news service for Latin America; added correspondents in nearly 20 countries, redesigned the web site, tripled the volume of features we’re producing, and doubled our operating budget. We’re increasingly finding that we’re not able to properly showcase all the great content we’re producing. Accordingly, we are pleased to announce that Erik Hoffner has joined our team as Editor and Content Strategist. Erik started his career as an environmental journalist in 2005, producing a range of stories for The Guardian, National Geographic News Watch, Sierra, OnEarth, Earth Island Journal, Yale Environment 360, Grist, Ecowatch, World Ark, Orion, and Pacific Standard, among numerous others. You can read some of his articles at his web site. Erik has also served as Outreach Coordinator for Orion magazine, where he acted as a spokesperson and managed the magazine’s email outreach and social media accounts, broadening the reach of the publication’s stories. He also served as the Orion Grassroots Network coordinator, a position in which he acquired and managed grants for a comprehensive program that supported and promoted the work of over 1,000 conservation groups. Before joining Mongabay, he helped found and served on the board of Co-op Power, a member-owned energy cooperative serving New England which is a national model for community ownership of renewable energy businesses like Northeast Biodiesel. As Editor and Content Strategist, Erik will manage various Mongabay reporting projects, including recruiting journalists, fielding pitches, assigning stories, and editing and producing stories. He will also oversee the growth marketing efforts of Mongabay, helping us expand our audience and...

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