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2023 EJN Story Grants of One Health in Asia Pacific

2023 EJN Story Grants of One Health in Asia Pacific

Country: Southeast Asia, South Asia, East Asia and the Pacific Islands.
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2023 EJN Story Grants of One Health in Asia Pacific

In the context of the 2023 EJN Story Grants, the narrative unfolds against the backdrop of alarming occurrences such as H5N1, the Covid-19 pandemic, Mpox, and diverse zoonotic diseases, underscoring the urgent need for One Health approaches in the Asia Pacific region. These grants aim to shed light on the intricate connections between environmental degradation and human health, addressing issues like rising antimicrobial resistance and contamination from mercury, lead, and dioxins. Focusing on stressors like deforestation, industrialization, agricultural expansion, loss of biodiversity, and bushmeat consumption, the funded stories seek to amplify awareness about the far-reaching consequences exacerbated by climate change, fostering a comprehensive understanding of the challenges and solutions at the intersection of environmental and public health.

In the last few weeks, the World Health Organization published text that will form the basis of negotiations toward an international Pandemic Treaty, the Global Initiative to End Wildlife Crime published suggested changes to it, focused on preventing the spillover of pathogens from animals to people, and more than 200 medical journals urged the World Health Organization to declare two overlapping environmental crises — climate change and biodiversity loss — as a global health emergency, calling it a “dangerous mistake” to consider the health and nature crises in separate silos.

 Benefits for 2023 EJN Story Grants of One Health

  • EJN expects to award up to 12 grants with an average budget of $2000 each.
  • Each selected journalist will be paired with an editorial mentor and receive guidance from a One Health thematic expert.
  • Grantees will receive access to a new health journalism course delivered via Whatsapp, produced by Internews’ Health Journalism Network and EJN.
  • They will also be invited to join EJN’s soon-to-launch One Health-focused reporters’ community for peer learning and exchange.
  • EJN plans to issue grants in January with the expectation that all stories will be published by May 2024 at the latest.
  • Applicants should consider this timeline when drafting public health regulations and best practices for local disease outbreaks when out in the field of their work plan.
  • EJN will consider a stipend for the reporters’ salary, particularly if the applicant is a freelancer. Please estimate the time the applicant will need to complete this story and propose compensation that the applicant believes reflects a fair market rate. EJN asks, however, that this comprises no more than 30% of the total budget.
  • Acknowledgment of EJN support: Published stories and/or broadcasts must disclose EJN support by including this tagline: “This story was produced with support from Internews’ Earth Journalism Network.” Exceptions will be considered for security reasons on a case-by-case basis.
  • EJN aims to support the production of stories that raise awareness of the interlinkages between human, animal, and ecosystem health.
  • Stories that highlight the transboundary nature of environmental impacts on health are also welcome.
Eligible Regions: Journalists residing in countries in Southeast Asia, South Asia, East Asia and the Pacific Islands.

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  • EJN will accept applications from journalists residing in countries in Southeast Asia, South Asia, East Asia, and the Pacific Islands.
  • EJN will not accept applications from Australia, New Zealand, Central Asia, or the Middle East.
  • Journalists from low- and middle-income countries in the region will be prioritized.
  • Groups of journalists are eligible.
  • Cross-border collaborations are welcome, however, the application must be made in the name of one lead applicant.
  • Lead applicants are responsible for communicating with EJN and receiving funds on the group’s behalf if awarded.
  • For the purposes of this grant opportunity, EJN will only be accepting applications in English. Unfortunately, EJN does not have the capacity to consider applications in other languages at this time. Applicants must either have a working understanding of English or have a translator available to assist with communication with Internews staff.
  • Applications are open to journalists working in any medium (online, print, television, radio) and other expert media practitioners with professional reporting experience.
  • EJN welcomes applications from early-career journalists and experienced reporters with a track record of covering health, climate, and environmental issues.
  • EJN encourages applications from freelance reporters and staff from all types of media organizations — international, national, local, and community-based.
  • EJN reserves the right to disqualify applicants from consideration if they have been found to have engaged in unethical or improper professional conduct.

Eligible Regions: Journalists residing in countries in Southeast Asia, South Asia, East Asia and the Pacific Islands.

Application Process for 2023 EJN Story Grants of One Health

  • Click the ‘Apply now’ button at the top of the page.
  • If the applicant has an existing account, they’ll need to log in. Since EJN recently updated its website, the applicant might have to reset their password by clicking the “Forgot password?” link on the login page. If the applicant doesn’t have an account, they must register by clicking “Log in” on the top right of the page and clicking the “Sign up” link at the bottom of the page that opens.
  • If the applicant can start the application and want to come back and complete it later, they can click ‘Save Draft.’ To return to the draft, they’ll need to go back to the opportunity and click ‘Apply now’ again to finalize the application.
  • Applications should provide a detailed budget in an Excel spreadsheet with a justification for the amount requested. Download the budget template now by clicking on this link.
  • All applicants are required to provide a signed letter of support from their editor, explicitly stating that the media outlet will publish the stories produced as a result of this grant.
  • Applicants will also need to submit two samples of stories or links to relevant work.
  • The applicant will be asked to upload these supporting documents once they start the application process, so please have them handy.
  • Applicants are strongly encouraged to participate in EJN’s new research study evaluating the state of climate and environmental journalism globally.
  • The survey is available in 11 languages for journalists and editors covering climate and environment and will close on December 8.

Application Deadline: December 8, 2023

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Type of Opportunity Competitions and Awards
Deadline08 December,2023
CountrySoutheast Asia, South Asia, East Asia and the Pacific Islands.
OrganizerEarth journalism Network
Contact the organizerinfo.ejn [at] internews.org



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