ICFJ and UN Foundation Virtual Reporting Fellowship for English-speaking Journalists


Global journalists are invited to apply for this virtual reporting fellowship focusing on UN SDGs such as climate change, poverty, education, health and gender equality.

The United Nations has embarked on an ambitious, 15-year plan to address global development issues including climate change. Journalists from around the world (excluding U.S. journalists) are invited to apply for a webinar focusing on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. This virtual fellowship is designed to deepen participants’ understanding of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) from a local perspective. Journalists selected to participate  will interact with expert speakers and trainers who will help them to develop stories focusing on local efforts to address the UN SDGs, with a special focus on climate change.

The webinar will take place on Tuesday, November 15, and Friday, November 18. These  half-day interactive webinars will begin at 10 a.m. EST/3 p.m. UTC each day.  Please note that attendance is required both days as the sessions will complement each other. Only participants who complete the program will receive certificates.

ICFJ and UN Foundation are accepting applications until Monday, October 31, at 11 p.m. EDT/3 a.m. UTC. Please be aware that the webinar is only offered in English. We will only consider English-speaking journalists for this virtual reporting fellowship.

More information about the webinar:

The webinars will be conducted around the UN Foundation’s November 7-18 Earth to Marrakech movement focusing on COP22. The annual COP sessions aim to review and assess efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and fight climate change. The webinars will enrich journalists’ understanding of their home countries’ involvement in these initiatives.

A sampling of the webinar topics:

  • An overview of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals. Participants will learn about the economic, social, and environmental aspects of the global SDG agenda, the associated targets, and challenges to achieving them. 
  • A discussion of the local dimensions of the SDGs as they pertain to COP22 and Earth to Marrakech. Participants will learn about Goal 13, which aims to help more vulnerable regions deal with climate change.
  • A brainstorming session on stories fellows will pursue after the webinar. ICFJ’s expert trainers will give fellows an overview of data-driven reporting and multimedia storytelling skills they can use to make their stories more informative and engaging.

Criteria for the applicants to the virtual fellowship:

  • Journalists who are citizens of and based in countries outside the United States
  • Journalists who work full-time for a local or international news outlet (print, online, and/or broadcast)
  • Fluency in English
  • A written commitment from employer to publish, post or broadcast at least one story after the fellowship that was related to climate change and its impact is preferred
  • Written commitment from applicant to participate in the full program of virtual briefings on November 15 and November 18, 2016.

The deadline for this program has passed.