Mongabay is hiring an Indonesia-based staff writer
Feb10

Mongabay is hiring an Indonesia-based staff writer

Mongabay, a non-profit news media organization, currently seeks a full-time Indonesia-based staff writer to adapt content from our Indonesian-language site into English and do original English-language reporting on environmental issues in Indonesia. The Indonesian staff writer will be responsible for adapting articles on a near-daily basis about environmental issues — especially those related to coal, fisheries, forests, land use change, and conservation — to be published on our English-language news site. Read more about this position and how to apply....

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New Reporting Opportunity – Conservation Effectiveness in Madagascar
Feb09

New Reporting Opportunity – Conservation Effectiveness in Madagascar

Mongabay is excited to announce a new special reporting project that aims to explore the effectiveness of conservation spending and interventions in Madagascar. The project, housed under our Mongabay Reporting Network (MRN) program, is open to journalists with strong analytical skills, story-telling abilities, and experience in doing deep investigative reporting on complex issues. This project coincides with a sharp increase in tourism and overseas development aid for conservation in Madagascar, a top biodiversity hotspot that has been heavily impacted by habitat destruction and degradation in recent decades. We’re interested in learning how past conservation funds were used and how effective that spending was in Madagascar as well as the prospects for conservation in the country going forward. We expect to engage one or two journalists to do an extended series of stories for this project. Travel grants for reporting are available. Click here to read more about this opportunity and how to...

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Travel fellowships for science journalists
Jan26

Travel fellowships for science journalists

Robert Irion, director emeritus of the science journalism program at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a member of the local organizing committee for the World Conference of Science Journalists 2017, alerted us to an exciting opportunity for international science journalists. He graciously offered to do a write up detailing the opportunity. Please note the application deadline in March 15.   World Conference of Science Journalists 2017 offers travel fellowships to international journalists and students In October 2017, the biennial World Conference of Science Journalists will meet in the United States for the first time. The conference, set for October 26-30 in San Francisco, will attract 1,200 science writers from around the world for workshops on science journalism, talks by leading researchers, and science-based field trips. Meeting organizers have announced a travel fellowship program to offset costs for international journalists and students who otherwise would not be able to attend the meeting. Recipients will receive full travel expenses, lodging, and free meeting registration. The organizers especially encourage established and new journalists from developing countries to apply for fellowships. Journalists may apply for a General Travel Fellowship if they write, edit, or produce science news, information, or commentary for the public; teach science journalism; or are a member of a World Federation of Science Journalists member association, and would not be able to attend the conference without financial assistance. In addition to conference-only fellowships, a limited number of participants will be awarded fellowships that guarantee seats in pre-conference workshops in addition to generous travel funding. Fellowship applicants can register their interest in two programs during the application process: * A workshop for journalists who cover basic science or would like to improve their basic science knowledge. * A workshop for science journalists in Latin America and the Caribbean. The Student Travel Fellowship program will provide special training, mentoring, editing, and publication opportunities for students interested in writing, editing, or producing science news, information, or commentary for the public as a career. Priority for these fellowships will be given to U.S. and international students at the undergraduate level, although graduate students in the sciences or early-career writers without access to formal training programs in journalism also are welcome to apply. All student fellows will attend a pre-conference training workshop with veteran science journalists to discuss the basics of covering science news. Each fellow will write two articles about sessions during the conference: one on a science session and one on a science writing panel discussion. Volunteer editors will work with each student fellow on revisions. The training workshop and all meeting sessions will be conducted in English, and all stories...

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Mongabay adds a leading ecologist and a noted conservationist to its board
Jan12

Mongabay adds a leading ecologist and a noted conservationist to its board

Mongabay is excited to welcome two new board members. Cynthia Adams and Rodolfo Dirzo bring a wide variety of experience and skills to the organization and will provide a powerful boost as Mongabay continues to grow into its role as one of the world’s most reliable sources for environmental science and conservation news. It was challenging to condense Cynthia’s experience as a conservationist into a single statement given the depth and breadth of her work, but she did offer some background on her impact on conservation in Alaska. “I’ve been active in the environmental movement since the early 70’s when I went to Alaska to help protect that last, great wilderness,” she said. “I was seldom a frontline activist in terms of testifying and helping to draft policies, but I was definitely the one who engaged individuals and grantmakers to support our work.” “One of my proudest moments was when President Carter signed the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act on Dec. 2, 1980. It was a long, hard battle and we all felt as if we actually accomplished our goal.” Cindy also offered some valuable insight into the important role journalism will play in conservation moving into the future. “Good journalism is imperative if we want to influence our leaders, both nationally and globally. You can only get people to change their opinions if you feed them facts, and let them draw their own conclusions. That’s why I feel Mongabay, the articles they write and the research they uncover, will play such a vital role in the years to come.” Rodolfo Dirzo serves as the principal investigator at Stanford University’s Dirzo Lab, which conducts in-depth studies on many facets of our planet’s ecology. Mongabay’s board is already exceptionally strong in the realm of science, and Rodolfo will bring it to the next level. Rodolfo believes that Mongabay plays a pivotal role in not only dispersing the findings of the life sciences academic community but making it palatable for the general public. “We need tools to ‘socialize’ such knowledge—to make sure the rest of society appreciates the beauty of our natural world, as explained by science, and the significance thereof to human wellbeing,” he said. “This is where environmental journalism becomes a fundamental ally of scientists, and I am delighted that Mongabay has become such an effective ally.” The new board additions come as Mongabay is rapidly expanding its team, readership, and impact. Over the past two years, Mongabay’s staff has tripled while its contributor network has grown by 150 in more than 40 countries. Mongabay now provides daily environmental science and conservation news in English, Spanish, and Indonesian...

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Mongabay’s achievements in 2016 and a look ahead
Dec23

Mongabay’s achievements in 2016 and a look ahead

2016 has been an exciting year of rapid growth and achievement for Mongabay, including organizational strengthening, expansion into new markets, and stepped-up content production. Our efforts in 2016 have strengthened Mongabay as an institution such that we’re producing higher quality content from correspondents in more places than ever before. Our Spanish-language news service is off to a strong start, not only reaching critical new audiences, but helping us improve our English-language reporting through access to on-the-ground correspondents and contacts throughout the biodiversity hotspot of Central and South America. We launched an impact tracking system to help us better understand how our reporting is driving positive change on the ground. We are thrilled that our reporting positively impacts conservation efforts and boosts the capacity of all those who are working on behalf of our planet.   In 2016 Mongabay: Produced 1,300 stories in English, 2,000 in Indonesian, and 500 in Spanish. Translated over 300 stories into Simplified Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, and Portuguese. Doubled the size of the staff and correspondent network, enabling us to do higher quality reporting in key locations and expanding our impact. We now have more than 180 correspondents and contributors in 50+ countries, an increase from 30 correspondents in a handful of countries just two years ago. Formally launched Mongabay-Latam, a Spanish-language environmental news service in Latin America, which already has 100,000 monthly readers and was honored as a finalist for Peru’s prestigious National Journalism Award in December. Established a bi-weekly podcast to reach new audiences and leverage the great content our news team is producing. Received 28 million visits across our English, Spanish, and Indonesian sites. Launched new special reporting projects, including Indonesian coal, Asian rhinos, Asia infrastructure, Mekong dams, global forests, and the Great Ape crisis. Increased our social media presence and engagement, especially on Facebook, where average weekly participation jumped 20-fold over a year ago. Added to our library more than 12,000 nature and wildlife photos taken by our staff. Had hundreds of stories republished in other media outlets, ranging from The Guardian to Pacific Standard. Achieved a renewal rate of 100 percent among our foundation supporters, demonstrating successful program implementation   We have big plans for 2017. Here are a few high priority areas for us in the new year: Video initiative and mobile app: We intend to launch a video initiative which will extend the reach of our content and engage new audiences. We’ll also roll out a new mobile app. Impact tracking: With the impact tracking system in place, we’ll be able to gain valuable insights on how to best use the platform and integrate it into our...

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