Call for Proposals Opens for Inaugural Cohort of Pulitzer Center Rainforest Investigations Fellowship. The Pulitzer Center, a nonprofit organization that supports independent global journalism; is now accepting reporting fellowship applications for its Rainforest Investigations Network (RIN).
Moreover, the network is a major new initiative that seeks to harness investigative reporting and cross-border collaboration to tackle stories at the intersection of climate change, corruption, and governance in the world’s three main tropical rainforest regions: Amazon, Congo Basin, and Southeast Asia.
Pulitzer Center Rainforest Investigations Fellowship has the following benefits
- The opportunity to work on impactful investigations that are time-consuming and costly.
- A global network of top-notch investigative reporters who will aid your investigations and complement your skills.
- Access to data and documents as well as the opportunity to sharpen your data skills with support from the Pulitzer Center’s tech team.
- The opportunity to work on stories that transcend your country and region and can achieve true global impact.
- A community of like-minded colleagues that will continue beyond your fellowship.
- The possibility of renewing your fellowship for an additional one or two years based on performance.
- Furthermore, salaries commensurate with experience.
Who can apply?
The following candidates can apply for Pulitzer Center Rainforest Investigations Fellowship
- Experienced investigative journalists with a proven track record based in the Amazon (three fellowships), Congo Basin (three fellowships), and Southeast Asia (three fellowships) regions.
- An additional fellowship will go to a journalist working at a global media outlet.
- Reporters based in countries neighboring the three main tropical rainforest regions—Amazon, Congo Basin and Southeast Asia—may also apply but will need to focus their reporting during the fellowship on deforestation/supply chain stories related to these regions.
- Staff or freelance journalists working on a wide range of platforms including print, radio, video, and multimedia. Freelance reporters will need to have the support of a local newsroom that agrees to host them and publish the work they produce during the fellowship.
- Team players with the experience and/or ability to work collaboratively across newsrooms and borders.
- Reporters with a deep understanding of the scientific, environmental, social, legal, political, and commercial forces at play in deforestation and forest degradation around the world—and why this issue matters to our global well-being.
- Reporters who are willing to participate in outreach activities related to their investigations, such as events at schools and universities.
- A statement of purpose: How this fellowship fits in your career path; and why you are best positioned to be a Rainforest Investigations Network fellow. You may also include how collaboration with journalists from other regions can benefit your investigations or how you might be able to assist them. (500 words)
- An investigative project proposal describing the most ambitious rainforest reporting you seek to pursue during your fellowship. (500 words)
- Three examples (links) of your most impactful investigations published in the past three years.
- A letter of support from your media employer or a newsroom that has agreed to host you as a Rainforest Investigations Network fellow and publish your work.
- Three professional references: These can be either contact information or letters of recommendation.
- A copy of your resume or curriculum vitae.