June 5 live writers’ conversation with Mongabay editors on pitching story ideas
May29

June 5 live writers’ conversation with Mongabay editors on pitching story ideas

Freelancer Focus: Pitching Environment and Science Stories to Mongabay Freelance journalists all around the world are invited to join Mongabay editors in a conversation about the elements of pitches that get our attention. Mongabay editors acquire and publish hundreds of freelance stories a year about rainforests, indigenous peoples, conservation, wildlife, illegal trafficking, infrastructure, extractive industries, conservation solutions, climate change and more, and will share best practices for freelance pitches. In this one-hour online session, editors will talk with freelance writers about crafting pitches for an environmental science and conservation news outlet like ours, and what makes pitches to Mongabay successful. Mongabay is a nonprofit environmental news platform with five bureaus which publish original reporting in nine languages daily including English, Indonesian, Spanish, and Portuguese for 10 million monthly readers. To review the kinds of stories and pitches we’re currently looking (and paying) for, visit our opportunities page. While there, consider joining our email list that announces new reporting opportunities, fellowships, and more items of interest to writers. When: Friday, June 5 at 9 am EST (U.S. East Coast time) RSVP: This session requires you to register in advance due to the limit on the number of participants who can attend. If you are interested and able to attend, please RSVP through this registration link by Thursday, June 4 at 5pm EST time. Please note that once we are at capacity, the link to RSVP will close. We will record this session and make it available to all later. Banner image: Rainforest in Malaysia, image by Rhett A. Butler for...

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Mongabay in the news, March 2020
Apr29

Mongabay in the news, March 2020

Our reporting appears regularly beyond the bounds of the main website and multiple language subdomains when other outlets republish or otherwise use it via our Creative Commons license. Such as was the case when the major Italian daily La Stampa republished our story about the growing tradition in Sardinia of a kind of carbon-sequestering agriculture called silvopasture, where livestock are grazed under tree cover, or when other outlets rely on our reporting to inform their own, like The Guardian‘s mention of hopeful news out of China and The Weather Channel which quoted from our reporting for its own report about a new device being trialed to clean plastic debris from rivers. We encourage fellow media outlets to republish our features in their own publications: review our policy and guidelines here. Here’s a selection of instances where our reporting was republished, cited, discussed, or reported on by various media outlets during March 2020: Asia Pacific Report, Brazzil.com, Cambodia Daily, The Canary, El Colombiano, Common Dreams, CounterPunch, Courrier International, Dialogo Chino, EFE Verde, EJU TV, Earth Island Journal, Eco-Business, Eco-Watch, Eurasia Review, Finance Colombia, The Guardian, Huffington Post, IFL Science, Insight Crime, Latin America News Dispatch, Mother Nature Network, NASA Earth Observatory, National Geographic, The New Leam, The News Minute, Outdoor Journal, Pulitzer Center, Quartz, Science Times, The Scientist, Scroll, The Sentinel, Speak up for Blue Podcast, Spektrum, La Stampa, Timber Trades Journal, Washington Times, The Weather Channel, The Wire, Yahoo News India, Yahoo Finance, Yale Environment 360, and Yes Magazine. Banner image: Proboscis monkey, Sabah, Malaysia by Rhett A....

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Mongabay in the news, February 2020
Mar24

Mongabay in the news, February 2020

Our reporting appears regularly beyond the bounds of the main website and multiple language subdomains when other outlets republish or otherwise use our work. Our team and contributing writers are also interviewed about their work, as when correspondent Justin Catanoso was interviewed for “Press Play,” a show on public radio station KCRW in California about his coverage for Mongabay about Microsoft’s announcement that it plans to go carbon negative. Many of Mongabay’s appearances elsewhere in the media happen when other outlets republish reports via our Creative Commons license, such as Birdwatching Daily which republished our story about the recovery of the Madagascar pochard, or when other outlets rely on our reporting to inform their own, like the Weather Channel which quoted from our reporting for its own report about Peru’s new Dorsal de Nasca marine protected area . We encourage fellow media outlets to republish our features in their own publications: review our republishing policy and guidelines here. Here’s a selection of instances where our reporting was republished, cited, discussed, or reported on by various media outlets during February 2020: Birdwatching Daily, Bogota Post, Burma News International, Christian Science Monitor, El Desconcierto, Diario Cordoba, EJU-TV, Eco-Business, EcoWatch, FirstPost, Happy Magazine, Inhabitat, KCRW, Manila Bulletin, MSN, Mizzima News, Mother Nature Network, New York Times, The News Minute, El Periodico, Press Play, Quartz, RPP, Science, Scroll, South China Morning Post, Tehran Times, UNILAD, VOA News, Voice of Monterey Bay, Washington Post, Weather Channel, The Wire, Yahoo News, and Yale Climate Connections. Banner image: Bloodroot, by Erik...

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New Special Reporting Project: Apes
Mar11

New Special Reporting Project: Apes

Apes around the world are balanced on the knife-edge of extinction. Among the great apes, Cross River gorillas, western and eastern lowland gorillas, and all orangutans are all now listed by the IUCN as critically endangered; mountain gorillas, chimpanzees and bonobos are endangered. Gibbons, or lesser apes, face an equally dire situation, with the majority of known species listed as either endangered or critically endangered. Mongabay is launching a special reporting project on apes aimed at raising public attention about the issues facing great apes and gibbons. Proposals for print, video, data and multimedia stories are welcome. For a full detail description and how to submit your pitch, please click...

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Mongabay in the news, January 2020
Feb26

Mongabay in the news, January 2020

While the presence of Mongabay’s work in the global news media last month was dominated by our Indonesia editor’s controversial arrest and subsequent deportation from that country (hundreds of stories appeared in outlets ranging from the New York Times to BBC, Reuters, Associated Press, and the South China Morning Post), our environmental and conservation-related reporting was referenced and republished widely, too, as usual, such as in Quartz which published our discussion of Indian cinema’s general lack of climate change themes. We encourage fellow media outlets to republish our features in their own publications: review our republishing policy and guidelines here. Here’s a selection of instances where our reporting was republished, cited, discussed, or reported on by various media outlets during January 2020: The Age, Agence France Presse, AllAfrica.com, Asia Pacific Report, Asia Sentinel, Associated Press, The Australian, BBC, Boston Globe, CNBC, Chicago Sun Times, The Coloradoan, Council on Foreign Relations, Dagens Nyheter, Democracy Now, Daily Star, Eco-business, Ecowatch, Eurasia Review, Il Fatto Quotidiano, FirstPost, Fox News, Green Biz, Grist, The Hill, Huffington Post-India, The Independent, Inter Press Service, International News Lens, Jakarta Post, Los Angeles Times, Mother Jones, Nature, New York Times, News 24, Quartz, Reuters, Sacramento Bee, San Francisco Chronicle, Scroll, Sky News, Smithsonian Magazine, South China Morning Post, The Star, Straits Times, Sydney Morning Herald, TD News, Time, USA Today, VOA News, Vice News, Wall Street Journal, The Wire, Yahoo Finance, and Yahoo News. Banner image: A gecko (Uroplatus fimbriatus) on the island of Nosy Mangabe, Madagascar, by Rhett A....

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Mongabay and The Gecko Project win award for Indonesia coverage
Feb12

Mongabay and The Gecko Project win award for Indonesia coverage

Mongabay and its “Indonesia for Sale” series partner The Gecko Project were honored with a Fetisov Journalism Award last month for an investigative report produced in collaboration with Indonesia’s Tempo magazine and Malaysiakini. “The secret deal to destroy paradise” is the third installment of the in-depth series on the opaque deals underpinning Indonesia’s deforestation and land rights crisis. The report was the second prize winner in the “Excellence in Environmental Journalism” category and details a plan to create the world’s largest oil palm plantation on the island of New Guinea. A previous report in the series, “Ghosts in the Machine,” was also recognized by a prize jury: the Society of Environmental Journalists noted it in 2019 for outstanding in-depth reporting, as part of its annual awards for environmental journalism. The Gecko Project is a UK-based investigative journalism initiative, and their director, Tom Johnson, accepted the award at the January 22 ceremony in Lucerne, Switzerland, on behalf of the winners. The event was attended by experts in the field of journalism, finalists of the competition, prominent public figures, and the founders of the award, the Fetisov family. Banner image: The Gecko Project’s Tom Johnson collects the award from Barbara Trionfi, Executive Director of the International Press Institute, and a member of the...

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Mongabay in the News, December 2019
Jan27

Mongabay in the News, December 2019

Our reporting appears regularly beyond the bounds of the main website and multiple language subdomains when other outlets republish or otherwise use our work. Our team members are sometimes interviewed about their work, too, as when correspondent Justin Catanoso was interviewed on “The State of Things” show on public radio station WUNC in North Carolina about his coverage for Mongabay about the latest climate treaty conference, and our editor Erik Hoffner was interviewed by Public News Service for a report that appeared on 47 radio stations in the U.S. about his recent article on the U.S. government’s new financial support for agroforestry initiatives in Appalachia. Many of Mongabay’s appearances elsewhere in the media happen when other outlets republish reports via our Creative Commons license, or when other outlets rely on our reporting to inform their own, such as Asia Sentinel which republished our story on floating solar farms on the Mekong and Vice which relied on our reporting for its own report about the extent of Indonesia’s recent forest fires. We encourage fellow media outlets to republish our features in their own publications: review our republishing policy and guidelines here. Here’s a selection of instances where our reporting was republished, cited, discussed, or reported on by various media outlets during December 2019: Asia Pacific Report, Asia Sentinel, Blue Ridge Public News, The Bogota Post, CNBC-TV, China Dialogue, Civil Beat, The Conversation, Corvallis Gazette-Times, El Desconcierto, Down to Earth magazine, Earth Island Journal, EcoBusiness, EconoTimes, EcoWatch, Eurasia Review, FirstPost, The Hill, Huffington Post/India, India Times, International News Lens, International Policy Digest, The News Minute, Newsroom, Nova-PBS, Outlook India, Philippine Daily Observer, Philippine Inquirer, Phnom Penh Post, Public News Service, Quartz, Quartz-India, Rappler, Scoop News, Scroll, Smithsonian magazine, The State of Things, Straits Times, Truthdig, Undark magazine, Undercurrent News, VOA Indonesia, Vice, WUNC-FM, The Wire, Yahoo News, and Yale Environment 360. Banner image: “Missing pieces” by Erik Hoffner...

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Mongabay in the News, Autumn 2019
Dec11

Mongabay in the News, Autumn 2019

Mongabay’s reporting appears regularly beyond the bounds of the main website and multiple language subdomains when other outlets republish or otherwise use our work. Our team members are sometimes interviewed about their work, too, as when staff writer John Cannon appeared on Living on Earth, the American public radio program heard on 250 member stations, to discuss his reporting on the construction of the controversial Pan Borneo Highway in Malaysia. Contributing editor Jeremy Hance was also interviewed, on WCBN-Ann Arbor in his case, about his award-winning reporting on numerous wildlife topics for Mongabay. Many of Mongabay’s appearances elsewhere in the media happen when other outlets republish reports via our Creative Commons license, or when other outlets rely on our reporting to inform their own, such as The Guardian which used a Mongabay article in crafting one of its own about the Amazon forest being near a point of no return in terms of deforestation. We encourage fellow media outlets to republish our features in their own publications: review our republishing policy and guidelines here. Here’s a selection of instances where our reporting was republished, cited, discussed, or reported on by various media outlets during October and November 2019: AllAfrica.com, America Magazine, Asia Pacific Report, Asia Sentinel, BBN Times, Bangkok Post, Birdwatching Daily, Business Insider, CNBC-TV, China Dialogue, Common Dreams, El Colombiano, Dagens Nyheter, Daily FT, Ecobusiness, Ecowatch, Eurasia Review, FirstPost, Fishnews.com, Guardian, The Hindu, Hot in Here Podcast, Huffington Post, IPP Media, India Times, Indigenous News, Inquirer, International Business Times, International News Lens, Living on Earth, Nature, Nature World News, The New Leam, Newsroom, Online Khabar, Open Democracy, PhysOrg, Public Radio International, Pulitzer Center, Quartz, Radio Free Asia, Rakyat Post, Reader’s Digest, Retraction Watch, Scroll, Smithsonian Magazine, The Star, The Swaddle, Undark Magazine, VOA Cambodia, WCBN-Ann Arbor, WELT, The Wire, The Week, Yahoo Finance, and Yahoo News. Banner image: Javan lutung (Trachypithecus auratus) by Rhett A....

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Indonesia palm oil investigation shortlisted for Fetisov Journalism Award
Nov22

Indonesia palm oil investigation shortlisted for Fetisov Journalism Award

This week, the Fetisov Journalism Award announced its shortlist of features in contention for prizes this year, and a Mongabay report produced in collaboration with The Gecko Project is included in the “Excellence in Environmental Journalism” category. The feature, “The secret deal to destroy paradise,” is the third installment of Indonesia for Sale, an in-depth investigative series on the opaque deals underpinning Indonesia’s deforestation and land-rights crisis. The mission of the Fetisov Journalism Awards is to “promote universal human values such as honesty, justice, courage and nobility through the example of outstanding journalists from all over the world as their dedicated service and commitment contribute to changing the world for the better,” according to its website. Three winners in each category will share a cash prize of 130,000 Swiss francs (about $130,000 US). The series that the shortlisted feature comes from is the product of 22 months of investigative reporting across the Southeast Asian country, interviewing fixers, middlemen, lawyers and companies involved in land deals, and those most affected by them. The second feature in the series, “Ghosts in the machine,” was awarded third place for outstanding in-depth reporting during the Society of Environmental Journalists annual award ceremony in October. One can read “The secret deal to destroy paradise” here. Banner image: The rainforest of Boven Digoel. Image by Nanang Sujana for The Gecko...

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New Opportunity – Staff Features Writer
Nov12

New Opportunity – Staff Features Writer

Mongabay is excited to announce a new opportunity for a full-time features writer position. This position is expected to produce regular stories on conservation and environmental issues, published in English. The reporting responsibility includes coverage of the status of high conservation value forests, the intersection of land rights and environmental change, governance issues around natural resources extraction and development, analysis relevant to ecology and species, and threats to environmental defenders including indigenous peoples and local communities. For a full detailed job description, please click...

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Mongabay in the news, September 2019
Nov04

Mongabay in the news, September 2019

Our reporting often appears beyond the bounds of the main website and multiple language subdomains when other outlets republish or otherwise use our work. Our team is sometimes interviewed about their work, too, as when our Karla Mendes appeared on syndicated radio program Sea Change Radio to discuss her reporting on the Amazon fires. Founder/CEO Rhett Butler also penned an op-ed for Singapore’s major daily The Straits Times about Indonesia’s own forest crisis. Many of Mongabay’s appearances elsewhere in the media happen when other outlets republish reports via our Creative Commons license, as when major Spanish daily El Pais reprinted our Portuguese coverage of the correlation between deforestation and fires there. We encourage other media outlets to republish our features like this in their own publications, review our republishing policy and guidelines here. Here’s a selection of instances where our reporting was republished, cited, or re-reported by various media outlets during September 2019: AllAfrica.com, Atlas Obscura, Business Insider, CNBC-TV, The Cap Times, El Comercio, The Concordian, Courrier International, Diálogo, EOS News, Earth.com, Earth Island Journal, Eco-business, Ecowatch, Eurasia Review, Huffington Post, International News Lens, MSN, Mic.com, Middlebury Institute, Nepali Times, The New Leam, News 18, El Pais, Pursuit, Quartz, Quartz-India, Rakyat Post, Science, Scroll, Sea Change Radio, Straits Times, The Times of Israel, Willamette Collegian, The Wire, and Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation. Banner image: warthog in Kenya by Rhett A. Butler for...

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Using Global Forest Watch: Free webinar for journalists, November 13
Oct23

Using Global Forest Watch: Free webinar for journalists, November 13

  The availability of near-real-time deforestation data via Global Forest Watch (GFW) is expanding, creating a growing number of opportunities for journalists to leverage this material in their reporting on forest issues. To help writers capitalize on this opportunity, Mongabay is organizing an online training on November 13 at 10:00 AM Eastern Time in collaboration with GFW staff to demonstrate how journalists can use its tools to add evidence to news articles, and to explain how GFW’s Places to Watch methodology is being utilized to identify areas of recent deforestation for on-the-ground investigation and reporting, such as Mongabay’s Forest Trackers article series. While many of the tools that journalists use to tell stories offer tutorials, most of these are general and don’t provide the context that’s most relevant to how journalists can use them. The webinar will provide practical information about how journalists can use GFW tools and participants will gain a better understanding for how to access and interpret the information, as well as how to appropriately use this information in their reporting. Participating trainers: Willie Shubert, Global Program Director – Mongabay Mikaela Weisse, Manager – Global Forest Watch Kai Kresek, Junior Data Specialist – Global Forest Watch View more information and register for this free training here. Banner image: Map produced using GFW tools for a feature from Cameroon in Mongabay’s Forest Trackers series, where a rubber plantation was found to have expanded into 127 square kilometers of primary...

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Mongabay feature published in ‘best science and nature writing’ anthology
Oct07

Mongabay feature published in ‘best science and nature writing’ anthology

Mongabay is pleased to announce that senior correspondent Jeremy Hance’s feature, The great rhino U-turn, has been published in ‘The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2019,” a highly regarded annual anthology that celebrates the best writing from the genre. This marks the first time that a Mongabay feature has been selected. When he heard the news earlier this year, Hance exclaimed, “The news that my article on Sumatran rhinos was going to be included [came] totally out of the blue, it’s a huge honor and I’m over the moon about it!” He added that, “I think it’s especially exciting since wildlife conservation writing sometimes takes a back seat to other environmental and hard science stories when it comes to recognition in the field.” The selected feature is part three of a four-part series on Sumatran rhino conservation, and details how researchers at the Cincinnati Zoo finally unlocked the mysteries of the species’ reproduction. This is key because there are very few of the animals left in the world, and captive breeding and reintroduction is one of the most viable strategies for saving the species. But it took 17 years of work to make captive breeding work, so Jeremy’s fascinating chronicle of this herculean effort serves as a valuable and inspiring example of dedication and good science in service to conservation. “My hope is that inclusion in this anthology will bring greater attention to the plight of Sumatran rhinos, a species that desperately needs the Indonesian government and conservationists to act, and act quickly if we’re not to lose the singing rhino,” he continued, referring to the creature’s charming habit of vocalizing musically, sounds which he likens to whale songs. The timing of all this is important, since a recent effort to breed one of the last remaining Sumatran rhinos looks unlikely to succeed again due to ‘bureaucratic quibbling’ on Indonesia’s part, as Mongabay’s Basten Gokkon recently reported. The book also features essays that first appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Pacific Standard, New York Times Magazine, and others, and is now in bookstores around the U.S. Order a copy from an independent bookstore near you here. Read Jeremy’s story here and follow the links from there to parts one, two, and four. Mongabay’s entire series on Asian rhinos can be found here. Banner image: a calf born in 2016 in Indonesia’s Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary. Photo by Rhett A. Butler for...

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Spring 2020 Internship at Mongabay – Now Accepting Applications
Oct02

Spring 2020 Internship at Mongabay – Now Accepting Applications

Mongabay is now accepting spring 2020 internship applications! This opportunity will provide you with the necessary tools and resources to help develop your writing skills and have your news stories be published on our renowned website. View the full internship details here and how to apply. Application Deadline November...

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New Special Reporting Project: Roads and Rail in Island Southeast Asia
Oct01

New Special Reporting Project: Roads and Rail in Island Southeast Asia

Road projects can have significant direct impacts by razing forests, fragmenting ecosystems and disrupting traditional land-tenure systems and ways of life. They also have additional knock-on effects, often literally paving the way for logging, poaching, mining and increased human settlement in wilderness areas. Mongabay is seeking pitches for stories on the potential social and environmental impacts of road and rail projects in Indonesia, Malaysian Borneo, and Papua New Guinea. Proposals for both news bulletins and in-depth investigations are welcome. For a full detail description and how to submit your pitch, please click...

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Mongabay founder to speak at the Artisanal Mining Grand Challenge Oct 2
Sep30

Mongabay founder to speak at the Artisanal Mining Grand Challenge Oct 2

Mongabay founder Rhett A. Butler will be speaking at the launch of the Artisanal Mining Grand Challenge, global competition with $750,000 in prizes to create innovative solutions, at the Tech Interactive in San Jose, California on October 2, 2019. The public can register to attend the event here. Butler will be speaking about his inspiration for starting Mongabay 20 years...

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Mongabay in the news, August 2019
Sep30

Mongabay in the news, August 2019

Mongabay reports often appear beyond the bounds of the main website and multiple language subdomains when other outlets republish or otherwise use our work. In the past month many outlets relied on our work especially in covering the Amazon fires, including the New York Times, Newsweek, and Quartz. Due to Mongabay’s long track record covering these Amazon forest trends, our CEO Rhett Butler was interviewed by numerous radio and TV programs, ranging from BBC Radio to CBC television, KPFK-Los Angeles, and France-24. Mongabay’s reports are regularly republished too, via our Creative Commons license, for instance, Grist republished our report showing the latest imagery of the fires in Brazil, and our article about land protests in Cambodia was picked up by the Asia Times. We encourage other media outlets to republish our features like this in their own publications, please review our republishing policy and guidelines here. Here’s a selection of instances where our reporting was republished, cited, or re-reported by peer media outlets during August 2019: Acento, Actual, Adaderana News, Asia Times, Atlas Obscura, BBC, BBC-Mundo, The Better India, Bogota Post, Business Insider, Bustle, CBC, CNBC-TV18, Cambodia Daily, Central News Agency, CityLab/The Atlantic, CleanTechnica, El Comercio, Common Dreams, DOGO News, Daily Caller, El Deber, El Desconcierto, ESI Africa, Earth.com, Earth Island Journal, Eco-Business, Ecowatch, Epoch Times, El Espectador, Espressen, Eurasia Review, First Post, Food Tank, Forbes, Free Speech TV, Gizmodo, Gizmodo-Australia, Gizmodo UK, Grist, The Hill, Huffington Post-India, IDN Times, IFL Science, INews.co.uk, Inhabitat, Inside Edition, The International News Lens, Jurnas, KBIA 91.3 FM, KPFK-LA, Lado B, El Liberator, Live Science, Mashable, Mother Nature Network, La Mula, La Nacion, National Observer, Nature, The New Leam, The New Republic, New Security Beat, The New York Times, News Global, Newshub, Newsweek, North Kentucky Tribune, El Nuevo Dia, O Eco, One World, Pacific Standard, El Pais, Political Insider, Popular Science, Pulitzer Center, Quartz, Quartz-India, The Quint, RPP Noticias, Rakyat Post, Riau One, Scroll, La Semana, Seminario Universidad, SinaNews.tw, Smithsonian, South Whidbey Record, TAZ, TRT World News, TVBS, Der Tagesspiegel, Timis, Treehugger, Union-Bulletin, El Universo, Vice, WP Tech, WSLS-TV, Washington Post, The Wire, Yahoo Finance News, Yahoo News, Yahoo News-ES, and Yale Environment...

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New Special Reporting Project: Sumatran Rhinos
Sep30

New Special Reporting Project: Sumatran Rhinos

At this critical juncture, Mongabay is launching a special reporting initiative aimed at raising awareness about the Sumatran rhino and chronicling successes and setbacks in local and international efforts to save the species from extinction. Sumatran rhinos are among the rarest and most endangered animals on earth. The species’ wild population numbers no more than 80, fragmented into small sub-populations in Sumatra and Borneo. Another nine live in captivity in Indonesia and Malaysia, where researchers hope they can contribute to the long-term survival of their species. For a full detail description and how to submit your pitch, please click...

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New Opportunity: Bookkeeper Mongabay, India
Sep27

New Opportunity: Bookkeeper Mongabay, India

Mongabay is excited to announce a full-time Bookkeeper who is based in India. The Bookkeeper, working with the Financial Controller, will help support the operation of Mongabay’s financial processes and is someone who can truly embrace new ideas and systematize processes in order to creatively manage the financial processes of a large, virtual, global organization. For a full detailed job description and how to apply, please click...

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Mongabay’s David Martin to judge the Jackson Wild film awards
Sep10

Mongabay’s David Martin to judge the Jackson Wild film awards

Mongabay is pleased to announce that its Director of Partnerships, David Martin, is a member of the final jury for the 2019 Jackson Wild Media Awards. This festival which bestows awards on the best nature and science-inspired filmmaking happens this year between September 21 and 27 in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. David played a key role in the launch of Mongabay’s diverse video content which is posted to social media channels and aims to raise awareness about unfolding events around the planet, while inspiring audiences to love nature and get involved with conservation. He deeply believes that media plays a powerful role in shaping the world as we know it, and works to elevate solutions-oriented content that moves the needle in terms of creating a livable and equitable planet for all. Of today’s overall environmental media landscape, he said, “It’s really inspiring to see what’s being done to capture the minds and hearts of people and get them focused on wildlife and our planet. We are at a critical juncture.” As a judge, he must watch each of the finalist films in each category, an impressive list totaling some 45 hours of viewing. The finalists in 30 categories were whittled down from over 1,000 entries and range from   BBC’s “Blue Planet II: One Ocean” in the Animal Behavior-Long Form category to “Sea of Shadows” about the world’s most endangered porpoise, the vaquita, in the Best Conservation Film-Long Form category, to National Geographic’s “Last Wild Places: Gorongosa” film about Mozambique’s famous Gorongosa National Park in the Best People & Nature Film-Short Form category. “I’m doing my best to apply a ‘critical eye’ when I watch these films, but honestly at this end point in the process, every one of these films deserves high praise and accolades,” he said. “There’s an incredible amount of quality here.” Read more about Jackson Wild (which has a conservation focus of “Living Oceans” this year) and Media Awards here, and learn about David’s fellow members of the jury here. If you plan to attend this event, please seek David out and say hello.  ...

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