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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