New conservation technology reporting fellow hired
Jul07

New conservation technology reporting fellow hired

Mongabay has hired science writer Claudia Geib to be its inaugural Sue Palminteri Wildtech Reporting Fellow. Her writing has previously appeared in National Geographic, NOVA, Hakai Magazine, Undark, Slate, and Atlas Obscura, among other publications. Named for conservation biologist and Mongabay editor Sue Palminteri, who died suddenly in 2019, the fellowship tasks Claudia with covering news that explores the fascinating, ever-growing ways that technology helps scientists and conservationists to protect threatened species and habitats, and to peer deeper than ever into nature’s inner workings. Her reports will be added to the incredibly rich legacy of conservation technology coverage that Sue built in her years with Mongabay, and which has been continually added to by our staff since her passing. “I’m honored to be selected for the Sue Palminteri Wildtech reporting fellowship, and hope to carry on the same tenacity, passion, and eye for excellent storytelling that I’m told Sue brought to all of her work,” Claudia said. “Technology has been utterly transformative in the conservation field over the past few decades, and I’m excited to both report on the incredible insights that it is providing, and take an analytical look at how tech can and does bring about real change for wildlife and their habitats.” One of her very first stories to be published soon concerns how camera traps are providing vital new knowledge about an extremely rare and threatened Amazonian canine. While not writing for Mongabay, she is likely to be found reporting on, or recreating in, her favorite environment: the ocean. Read more about Claudia’s work and background at her Mongabay staff page or on her website, www.claudiageib.com, and follow her on Twitter for publishing updates...

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Mongabay in the news, Spring 2020
Jun30

Mongabay in the news, Spring 2020

Mongabay’s reporting appears regularly beyond the bounds of the main website and multiple language subdomains when other outlets cite it in part or republish it whole via our Creative Commons license. Our team is interviewed by other media outlets, too: editor Karla Mendes was interviewed by WORT-FM in Wisconsin about how COVID-19 is affecting indigenous communities in Brazil, while staff writer Liz Kimbrough appeared on a program syndicated to 70+ U.S. radio stations about air quality during the pandemic, and gorilla conservation. Some noteworthy citations include a New York Times story about the Amazon, a Newsweek article about the plight of captive elephants in Thailand during the pandemic, a Foreign Policy feature about coronavirus in Nicaragua, this Smithsonian story about an amazing frog, a letter to the top journal Science that used two Mongabay features to back its argument for protecting Indigenous peoples in Brazil from COVID-19, and a New Yorker feature that also referred to Mongabay’s coverage of the coronavirus in Brazil. Media outlets that chose to republish our features in full via the Creative Commons during this time ranged from Quartz, Rappler, In These Times, and Environews Nigeria to The Florida Bulldog. We encourage fellow media outlets to republish our features in their own publications, too, one can review our policy and guidelines here. Here’s a selection of more places the Mongabay team’s work appeared during April and May: ARY News, ASEAN Post, ASEAN Today, Asia Pacific Report, Brazzil, Business Insider, CPJ Press Freedom News, The Catholic Register, China Dialogue, Christian Science Monitor, CleanTechnica, Common Dreams, Counterpunch, The Diplomat, Daily Express, Daily Mail, Dialogo Chino, EcoBusiness, The Ecologist, Ecowatch, Environews Nigeria, Eurasia Review, The Express, Florida Bulldog, Foreign Policy, Gizmodo, The Guardian, Gulf Today, Gulf News, Huffington Post, IFL Science, In These Times, The Independent, Inter Press Service, LADbible, LankaWeb, Latin Post, LiveScience, Malaysian Insight, Mashable, Mother Nature Network, NASA Earth Observatory, The New Leam, New York Times, The New Yorker, The News Minute, Newsweek,Open Democracy, Philippine-Canadian Inquirer, Popular Science, Public Affair, Pulitzer Center, Quartz, RTBC,Rappler, Science, Science Times, Scroll, Sea Change Radio, La Semana, Sierra magazine, Slate,Smithsonian magazine, La Stampa, Stuff, Trinidad & Tobago Guardian, UNILAD, UOL, UNPO News, USA Today, WORT-FM, The Wire, Yahoo Finance, Yahoo Lifestyle, ZME Science, and Zimbabwe Daily. Banner image of a capybara (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris) in Brazil’s Pantanal region by Rhett A. Butler for...

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Join Mongabay founder for a discussion on global rainforest restoration June 22
Jun17

Join Mongabay founder for a discussion on global rainforest restoration June 22

Join Mongabay founder Rhett Butler as he moderates a free webinar and Q&A on rainforest restoration around the globe in recognition of World Rainforest Day, June 22. At 9am PST, Butler will be joined by expert panelists from Health In Harmony, Blue Ventures, the ASRI Medical Center, International Animal Rescue, and the Gunung Palung Orangutan Conservation Project to discuss the urgent work being done to protect and regenerate rainforests to improve the health of rainforest communities, endangered orangutans, and all who benefit from the lungs of the Earth. The public can learn more about this online event and register...

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Two New Opportunities: Mongabay-India Hindi Edition
Jun15

Two New Opportunities: Mongabay-India Hindi Edition

Mongabay is excited to announce the launch of its Hindi edition, which will be associated with Mongabay-India (india.mongabay.com). The new edition will publish interesting news and features from nature’s frontlines in Hindi. For the Hindi edition, we are hiring for two new positions: Contributing Editor – Hindi and Content Coordinator – Hindi. These positions will play a critical role in the scale-up of Mongabay’s Hindi language reporting efforts. To review the full detailed job descriptions and how to apply, please click on the above job position’s...

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Enter to win a Margaret Atwood book & prize pack by supporting Mongabay
Jun03

Enter to win a Margaret Atwood book & prize pack by supporting Mongabay

In the final weeks of Mongabay’s Sustaining Supporter fund drive, we’re excited to invite readers to enter a giveaway of great Margaret Atwood gifts by becoming a monthly supporter. Sign up to support Mongabay’s impact-driven journalism for at least $15/month at www.mongabay.org/donate between Thursday, June 4 and World Rainforest Day (Monday, June 22) and you’ll be entered to win one of the following two prize packs: Prize Pack #1: Signed paperback copy of the award-winning classic The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood which the Emmy Award-winning TV series is based on, “A Word is Power” Margaret Atwood journal, and “A Word is Power” Margaret Atwood tote bag. Prize Pack #2: Signed hardcover copy of (the Booker Prize-winning sequel to the above) The Testaments by Margaret Atwood, “A Word is Power” Margaret Atwood socks, and “A Word is Power” Margaret Atwood T-shirt (women’s XL). Monthly giving is the most powerful form of individual support for Mongabay because it provides consistent and reliable funding to report on timely issues every day while also allowing us to plan ahead. By helping to make fact-based, independent journalism possible, you can support informed decision making, increased accountability, and greater transparency from governments, corporations, agencies, and organizations worldwide. Reaching more than six million monthly readers, Mongabay facilitates information exchange and provides a global platform for the voices of often unheard indigenous people and local communities. The winners of the giveaway will be randomly selected and notified by 5 p.m. Pacific Time on Tuesday, June 23 by email at the email address provided on their entry. Entry is open to legal residents of the United States 18 years old or older. Head here to begin your monthly support of Mongabay and qualify to win these fun prizes, www.mongabay.org/donate. GIVEAWAY OFFICAL RULES NO PAYMENT, PURCHASE OR DONATION IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN AND WILL NOT IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. SPONSOR. This giveaway (“Giveaway”) is sponsored by Mongabay.Org Corporation, P.O. Box 291, Menlo Park, CA 94026 (“Sponsor”).  Sponsor may be reached by email at [email protected] ELIGIBILITY. Open to legal residents of the United States 18 years or older. Employees, directors or officers and contractors of Sponsor and anyone involved with the Giveaway and their immediate family members and/or those living in the same household of each are not eligible to enter. This Giveaway is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations and is void where prohibited or restricted by law. GIVEAWAY PERIOD. The Giveaway begins on June 4, 2020 at 9:00 AM Pacific Time and ends on June 22, 2020 at 5:00 PM Pacific Time (the “Giveaway Period”). HOW TO ENTER. To be eligible for the...

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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

[Update 6/24/20: Post-event recording & notes are appended below] 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) Post event recording & notes: FREELANCE JOURNALISTS AND WRITERS: MONGABAY OPPORTUNITIES (Most of the headings below are links) OPPORTUNITIES PAGE Paid reporting, fellowships, internships, and more JOURNALISM PROGRAMS Paid reporting, foreign language news, and more OPEN REPORTING PROJECTS Reporting/editorial projects now taking pitches Roads and Rail in Island Southeast Asia Sumatran Rhinos Changing Africa Fisheries in Indonesia Amazon Infrastructure  Indonesian Coal Global Forests Palm Oil STORIES PUBLISHED BY THE ABOVE REPORTING PROJECTS SO FAR: Roads and Rails in SE Asia Sumatran Rhinos Changing Africa Fisheries in Indonesia Amazon Infrastructure Indonesian Coal Global Forests Palm Oil Conservation Solutions NEWSLETTER SIGNUP Newsletter for occasional announcements (announces job openings, calls for pitches, and info about new reporting projects) FEES Every article is paid at a negotiated rate specific to that project. Mongabay reimburses for expenses and travel while on assignment. COMMENTARIES/OP-EDS Negotiated on a case-by-case basis, does not pay, more info here. TRANSLATIONS Some articles are translated after publication into other languages and published at any of Mongabay’s 9 language sub-sites. If you are able to submit in more than one language, please say so when sending a pitch. Banner image: Rainforest in Malaysia, image by Rhett A. Butler for...

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