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Grants to USA, Canada, and International Journalists to Improve Media Coverage Related to the Ocean

Ocean Media Initiative Story Grants 2023: Reporting on Marine Pollution

GrantWatch ID# 201532
Agency: Foundation

Funding Source
Earth Journalism Network (EJN)
Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

Geographic Focus
USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);
USA Compact Free Associations:The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)
Canada:Alberta;   British Columbia;   Manitoba;   New Brunswick;   Newfoundland and Labrador;   Northwest Territories;   Nova Scotia;   Nunavut;   Ontario;   Prince Edward Island;   Quebec;   Saskatchewan;   Yukon;
International, Israel and Canada.

Important Dates
Deadline: 02/13/23 11:59 PM (UTC -11) Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA, Canada, and International journalists to improve media coverage related to the ocean. Projects may address biodiversity, climate change, pollution, global and environmental issues, as well as other relevant topics. Preference will be given to proposals that include cross-border collaborations and stories. EJN is offering reporting grants to journalists worldwide to support the production of in-depth stories on the high seas.

EJN’s global Ocean Media Initiative aims to increase the quality and quantity of ocean pollution-related stories in the media; and build the capacity of journalists to improve their coverage of this topic, and hold policymakers to account. 

EJN welcomes story ideas that focus on marine pollution – its sources, impacts on ecosystems and marine species; and ongoing efforts to curb and regulate sources of marine pollution.

Journalists may explore the impacts of improper waste disposal, agricultural runoff, drilling for oil and gas, mining, shipping and other anthropogenic activities that are contributing to this crisis. Stories should highlight research and initiatives – either proposed or in effect – to curb the impacts of marine pollution. Solutions stories should explore policy and governance measures at the local, national and international level, while highlighting the challenges inherent to addressing these issues.

EJN aims to support the production of stories that raise awareness about the high seas and drive conversation among communities and policy makers at the local, national, and regional level. Proposals that focus on topics or stories that have not been widely covered are preferred. Issues that have already received a lot of media coverage or don't provide unique angles to environmental or climate challenges are less likely to be selected.


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Additional Eligibility Criteria
EJN is offering reporting grants to journalists worldwide. Applicants can be from any country in the world; applicants from coastal countries are preferred.

Applications are open to journalists working in any medium (online, print, television, radio) and other expert media practitioners with professional reporting experience. We welcome applications from early-career journalists and experienced reporters with a track record of covering ocean issues. We encourage applications from freelance reporters and staff from all types of media organizations – international, national, local and community-based.

Groups of journalists are eligible, particularly from different countries seeking to produce a cross-border project. However, the application must be made in the name of one lead applicant.

Applicants must either have a working understanding of English or have a translator available to assist with communication with Internews staff.

EJN reserves the right to disqualify applicants from consideration if they have been found to have engaged in unethical or improper professional conduct.

For the purposes of this grant, EJN is not looking for story ideas related exclusively to near-shore waters and coastal issues.

Pre-Application Information
Extended Deadline: 13 February 2023, 11:59 PM, Pacific/Niue (UTC -11)

EJN plans to issue grants by late February 2023 with the expectation that all stories will be published by October 30, 2023 at the latest.

Number of Grants

Estimated Size of Grant
Grants of approximately $1,200 each

Contact Information
To apply, click the "Apply Now" button on the Full Text Grant RFP link listed below.

If you encounter difficulties with submitting your application or have questions about the grants, please email

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