ICFJ-United Nations Foundation Climate Change Journalism Fellowships: United States

A fellowship for journalists based in the United States


As fluctuating temperatures and destructive natural disasters increasingly create global crises, it is clear that "climate change" is no longer just a phenomenon discussed by scientists. The topic of extreme weather is at the forefront of local and international news coverage.

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The Climate Change Journalism Fellowship, a joint program of the United Nations Foundation and the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), gave 10 U.S.-based professional journalists who do not regularly cover climate the opportunity to speak with high-level, global experts on climate change and its effects on our environment, health, and economies. The journalists participated in round-table briefings and other exclusive opportunities from September 15-17, 2014.

This fellowship helped the journalists develop a better understanding of this complex topic and inspired follow-up reporting on the issue during and after the United Nations Climate Summit on September 23, 2014.

The participants also heard from prominent environmental journalists who regularly cover the effects of climate change including natural disasters and who often use data to enhance their reports. These mentors helped the fellows develop story ideas and localized the issues for their own audiences.

Participants arrived in New York on the evening of September 14, 2014, for a three-day fellowship that ended on September 17, 2014. ICFJ covered all transportation costs, hotel and meal expenses for the selected fellows.

Criteria for the fellowship:
* Journalists based in the U.S. who work full-time for a U.S. or international news outlet (print, online, and/or broadcast)
* Preference given to journalists who do not regularly cover climate change and the environment
* Fluency in English was required
* Written commitment from employer to publish at least one story after the fellowship that is related to climate change and its impact
* Written commitment from applicant to participate in the full press tour in New York, Sept. 14-17, 2014