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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Mongabay in the news December 2016
Jan29

Mongabay in the news December 2016

Mongabay.com features were republished in, or cited heavily by, the following media outlets in December 2016: AFK Insider, Africa Geographic, Alternet, Asian Correspondent, BillMoyers.com, Catch News, Coconuts Jakarta, Common Dreams, Down to Earth , EJU TV, Earth First Journal, Eco-Business, Ecowatch, El Espectador, Farmlandgrab.org, Financial Tribune, Focusing on Wildlife, Front Page Africa, La Historia, Hydro World, The Intercept-Brasil, International Business Times, Nature World News, Pacific Standard, REDD Monitor, Science News Daily, Science World Report, Scroll, La Semana, Truth-out, and Utne...

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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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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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