Mongabay in the news, June 2017
Jul25

Mongabay in the news, June 2017

  Our original reports are referenced and republished widely but sometimes Mongabay itself is the subject of stories in the media, as when the Knight Center for Journalism highlighted the successes of our Latin America bureau, Mongabay Latam, which just marked its one-year anniversary, and when Revelator News ranked our podcast, the Mongabay Newscast, as one of the top environmental podcasts. Plus Mongabay Editor Glenn Scherer appeared on the broadcast TV show Rising Up to discuss his writing team’s deep coverage of dam building in the Brazilian Amazon and that country’s troubling environmental policy moves. Elsewhere, Mongabay reports were republished twice by The Guardian and also referenced in a Guardian feature about Brazil’s palm oil boom, which described the Mongabay as being “widely respected.” Here’s a selection of places like this that our reporting turned up during June 2017: Asia Pacific Report, Business Insider, Cincinnati.com, Common Dreams, EcoBusiness, El Espectador, Frontier Myanmar, Guardian, International Business Times, International News Lens, The Intercept, The Irrawaddy, La Mula, Lado B, Pacific Standard, Publimetro, RPP, The Revelator, Rising Up with Sonali Kolhatkar, Truthout, and The Wire. Photo of Magnificent Frigatebird in the Galapagos by Rhett...

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Seeking acoustic ecologists and sound recordists
Jun30

Seeking acoustic ecologists and sound recordists

Are you an acoustic ecologist or sound recordist focused on the environment or natural world? Mongabay wants to highlight your work on its podcast. The Mongabay Newscast is our free, biweekly podcast delivering news and inspiration from nature’s frontline. It features inspiring guests and deeper analysis of the global environmental issues explored every day by the Mongabay.com team, from climate change to biodiversity, tropical ecology, wildlife, and much more. One regular feature of the podcast is Field Notes, where researchers and sound artists/recordists are interviewed about their field work, and during which they play some sample recordings and explain what we’re hearing and how it informs our understanding of biology and natural history. If you would like to be featured, post to Twitter mentioning @Mongabay and the hashtag #sciencesoundslike with a link to some recordings (this is our preferred method, but if you lack a Twitter account or online recordings of your work, you can also send an email to submissions@mongabay.com with this information). And attach a picture that illustrates the work you’re submitting, if feasible. We will listen to the recordings, retweet some of our favorites, and invite the most interesting clips’ authors onto the show. Listen to the episodes below to get an idea for the segment, or subscribe via Stitcher, TuneIn, iTunes, Google Play, Android, or wherever you get your podcasts, to hear them all. Here are some selected Field Notes features: May 3, Leah Barclay, acoustic ecologist discusses her work on marine bioacoustics (whole show) June 27, Marconi Campos Cerqueira (from minute 19 on), who recently completed a study that used bioacoustic monitoring to examine bird ranges in the mountains of Puerto Rico March 21, Zuzana Burivalova (from minute 32 on), a conservation scientist at Princeton University who has recorded the soundscapes of over 100 sites in the Indonesian part of Borneo We look forward to hearing your Field Notes submissions on Twitter via the #sciencesoundslike...

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Mongabay in the news, May 2017
Jun24

Mongabay in the news, May 2017

May 2017 saw a surge in coverage of our work in Southeast Asia thanks to the celebration of Mongabay-Indonesia’s 5th anniversary. Also in May a Mongabay investigation concerning the role of illegal chainsaws in Myanmar’s ongoing logging controversy appeared in numerous regional publications from The News Lens to Frontier Myanmar and The Irrawaddy, plus a recent Mongabay feature by correspondent William Clowes (“Conserving Congo’s wild places on a shoestring”) was republished by Slate and the popular journal of food, politics, travel, and culture, Roads and Kingdoms. Here’s a selection of where to see these stories and others: Africa Science News, Alternet, Asia Sentinel, Asia Times, Catch News, The City Paper, Digital Journal, Eco-Business, Economist-Namibia, El Nacional, El Espectador, Ethical Corporation, Financial Tribune, Fokus Jabar, Frontier Myanmar, Gizmodo, The Guardian, Huffington Post, Huffington Post-India, Indian Country Today, India Express, International News Lens, The Irrawaddy, Kabar News, Klik Samarinda, La Estrella, La Hora, La Mula, La Opinion, Lado B, Maravi Post, News Deeply, Pachamama Radio, Pacific Standard, Plaza Publica, RPP, Roads and Kingdoms, The Scientist, Scroll, Slate, Smithsonian, Tribuna Noticias, Truthout, Vietnam Express, and Viva. Photo by Rhett...

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Mongabay is seeking a research associate to help evaluate conservation effectiveness
Jun19

Mongabay is seeking a research associate to help evaluate conservation effectiveness

Mongabay is working on a reporting project that combines science and journalism to evaluate the effectiveness of different conservation strategies. We are looking for scientists who have strong literature synthesis skills, are able to work independently in a rigorous and unbiased way with different types of scientific evidence, and are open-minded and willing to depart from the traditional academic work. This project contributes to a growing demand for evidence on the actual, on-the-ground impact of different conservation strategies, helping the public, conservation practitioners, donors, and decision makers make sense of a large but disparate body of literature. The evidence on each conservation strategy will be presented in an engaging, interactive, approachable, yet rigorous way, together with an investigative story about each strategy by a Mongabay staff writer. We are looking for one or two scientists (advanced graduate students, postdocs) who will carry out a literature review on a specific conservation strategy, collaborate with a journalist on creating a story, and help make interactive visualizations of the collected evidence. Funds for 1-3 months of research work will be available. Projects will have to be completed by mid-December 2017. Examples of the strategies that we are interested in include, but are not limited to regulations of trade with wildlife, environmental law enforcement, environmental advocacy, ecotourism, land purchase schemes, protected areas, including marine protected areas, and others. Learn more about this opportunity, the position requirements and how to apply.   We look forward to hearing from...

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Mongabay is hiring a Senior Copy Editor & Grant Writer
Jun12

Mongabay is hiring a Senior Copy Editor & Grant Writer

This position has been filled Mongabay is growing and we are excited to announce a new opening: Senior Copy Editor and Grant Writer. The Senior Copy Editor & Grant Writer will lead Mongabay’s efforts to track and demonstrate our effectiveness to our funders and audience, as well as aid our global editorial team in the quality of our daily publishing. The duties include proofreading Mongabay articles prior to publication, providing copy edits & feedback to editors/journalists, documenting trends in Mongabay coverage, noting areas of improvement or particular successes, and developing comprehensive reports for established grants among other things. At the heart of Mongabay is a spirit of innovation. We’re open to trying new ideas, adapting existing models, and phasing out underperforming projects in our quest to deliver the best products and services possible given our resources. Click here if you want to learn more about this opportunity, the position requirements and how to apply. We look forward to hearing from you! This position has been...

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Marking one year of environmental news reporting in Latin America
Jun02

Marking one year of environmental news reporting in Latin America

Yesterday marked the first anniversary of the official launch of Mongabay-Latam, our Spanish-language environmental news service for Latin America. Mongabay-Latam is off to a great start, exceeding all our internal goals for its first twelve months. To date, the team — 6 full-time staff in Peru and 35 corespondents in 11 countries — has produced more than 600 original articles, including a number of major features on topics ranging from oil spills in the Amazon to wildlife trafficking in Colombia and Peru to the use of cattle ranches to launder drug money in Central America. The reporting has also won critical acclaim: in November 2016 two of Mongabay-Latam’s stories were selected among the five finalists of 122 nominees for the National Journalism Award, Peru’s equivalent to the Pulitzer Prize. Mongabay-Latam’s reporting is getting wide readership. In the past year we’ve had 1.33 million visits to the site and added more than 40,000 fans on our Facebook page, which has an average weekly reach of 700,000. Importantly we’re also reaching audiences beyond our site via syndication partnerships with 15 media outlets in nine countries, including last month’s alliance with Publimetro, which plans to distribute our content in the nine newspapers it has in the region. Protecting ecosystems across Latin America is critical. The region boasts the world’s highest levels of biodiversity and most extensive tropical forests. It’s also a hotspot for new ideas and innovations in conservation, including forest monitoring systems, recognition of indigenous and traditional land tenure, and adoption of technology. We’re proud to be helping raise environmental awareness and create enabling conditions for NGOs and scientists. Special thanks to our supporters as well as our Latam team: Alexa Vélez Zuazo, Joaquin Ortiz Rivarola, Lorena Flores Agüero, MariaIsabel Torres, Milton López Tarabochia, and Romina Castagnino. Header photo: sea lion in the Galapagos. Photo by Rhett A. Butler for...

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