The Giants Club African Conservation Journalism Fellowships is expanding to Uganda, offering six places to professional journalists working for national media provably interested in conservation. Please see below, paying close attention to eligibility criteria and application deadline of December 10.
Coverage of conservation issues in African media is increasingly frequent, and increasingly comprehensive. There is a growing editorial awareness that ‘conservation’ stories encompass far more than reporting on endangered wildlife. Conservation is an emerging sector garnering significant international attention with huge potential economic, environmental, and social advantages to wider societies in Africa. Good conservation practices are intrinsic to accelerated economic growth because of their relationship to good environmental stewardship of biodiverse regions. But ‘conservation’ is also riven with misunderstandings, poorly-understand nuances, and conflicts. These can be maliciously exploited by the unscrupulous then amplified by a misled but influential media, and have the potential to cause significant but avoidable long-term damage to entire communities, ecosystems, and economies.
THE GIANTS CLUB
The Giants Club is an initiative of Space for Giants, an international conservation organisation headquartered in Kenya. It unites African Heads of State – the Presidents of Kenya, Botswana, Gabon, and Uganda – with global businesses, philanthropists, influencers, and conservationists. Its aim is to protect half of Africa’s remaining elephants and the landscapes they rely on by 2020. The Club convenes the biennial Giants Club Summit, where it identifies efficient and scalable conservation projects, sources their funding, and directs Space for Giants and its partners to implement them. One such project is the Giants Club African Conservation Journalism Fellowship Programme. Established during the Giants Club Summit in Nanyuki, Kenya, its funding and overall editorial support comes from Evgeny Lebedev, the patron of the Giants Club and owner of ESI Media in the United Kingdom, which publishes The Independent and Evening Standard and broadcasts London Live.
THE AFRICAN CONSERVATION JOURNALISM FELLOWSHIPS
The Giants Club is seeking to gather a small cohort of professional journalists working for established African broadcast, print, or online media in each of its four countries of operation, to support them to deepen their understanding and provable passion for covering conservation stories, and to widen the reach of their reporting both in Africa and beyond. The Giants Club believes that stories of African conservation for African audiences are best told by African reporters, and that those stories also deserve global attention to bring more African voices to the international debate about conservation priorities and strategies.
The Fellowship Programme has four central elements:
Conservation Journalism Masterclass
This three-day launch activity gathers the Fellows and introduces them to conservation specialists, environmental economists, policy-makers, and field-leaders. It links Fellows to potential new conservation stories and angles, supports them in innovative reporting techniques and approaches, and introduces them to high-level contacts. The Masterclass includes a field reporting day designed to produce a news story exclusive to the Fellows.
Increased Coverage of Conservation
Ongoing mentoring of the network of Fellows, including support with story searches, investigations, interview connections, statistical and factual back-up, and contacts, is designed significantly to increase the number, breadth, and nuance of stories about conservation the Fellows publish or broadcast in their respective media.
International Publication and Network
The best of the Fellows’ reporting will appear internationally on channels owned by ESI Media: primarily on The Independent but potentially also in the Evening Standard and other outlets. Fellows will be paid for these international stories. Fellows in each Giants Club country will also forge close links with their peers in the other countries, creating an informal pan-African network of conservation journalists.
The Giants Club Summit 2019
Fellows who exhibit the greatest commitment to the programme, as demonstrated by the quality and breadth of their reporting, will be invited to cover the Giants Club Summit in Libreville in Gabon in 2019. Costs will be covered.
The Fellowship Programme will run for an initial 12 months from the date of the recruitment of each group of Fellows. The programme began in December 2017 in Kenya, extended to Botswana from March 2018, and now intends to expand to Uganda.
How to apply: UGANDA PROGRAMME
Please read carefully the following eligibility restrictions before applying. The Uganda Programme is open to individuals who are ALL of the following:
- A citizen of Uganda
- A professional journalist reporting regularly for an established Ugandan media house
- Provably interested in conservation
- Able to travel in Uganda and internationally
- Able to attend a three-day Conservation Journalism Masterclass expected to be held in Uganda between the dates of December 12 and 19, 2018. The Masterclass includes a Field Trip and is expected to lead to broadcast/printable stories.
In English, and as Microsoft Word, Google Doc, or PDF documents only, please submit all of the following to email@example.com:
- A full CV including your contacts, details of your current position with your media house and contacts for your direct Editor
- Website links or scanned clips of at least five stories published or broadcast in Uganda since April 2017. Preference will be given to candidates exhibiting regular reporting across that whole period, and who show a focus on conservation reporting
- A 300-word max. personal and professional biography
- Comprehensive pitches of max. 200 words each for TWO stories you think would most interest us, that would also have a strong chance of being commissioned by your media house. Include details of the main angle, why each is novel and compelling, who you would interview for each, and where in Uganda you would go to report
Applications will only be accepted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org and no other email address.
All applications should be received in full by 5pm Uganda time on Monday December 10. No exceptions.
All applicants must be available for the Masterclass expected to be in Kampala either Dec 12-14 or Dec 17-19.
Terms + Conditions FOR APPLICATIONS FOR THE UGANDA PROGRAMME
The following terms and conditions apply. This list may be amended without notice.
By submitting an application for the Fellowship Programme you are confirming that you have read and agree to all of the following Terms and Conditions.
All applicants must conform to all eligibility criteria. No exceptions will be made.
This Programme is not open to student journalists or freelancers unless they are able to demonstrate regular publication in established Ugandan media houses since April 2017.
The intention is that following the Masterclass, Fellows return to their media houses with a renewed motivation to seek out, report, and publish or broadcast an increased number of stories related to conservation in their own media houses. Apart from stories identified as worthy of being published and broadcast on ESI Media, the Fellowship programme is not responsible for placing or pitching your stories in any media. Fellows are not bound to produce a particular number of stories per week or month.
Fellows do not need to be News reporters: Features, Travel, Magazine or other reporters are also invited to apply. The key consideration is that Fellows’ reporting regularly reaches a large audience in Uganda, and that the Fellows can prove an interest in conservation stories.
An ‘established Ugandan media house’ is taken to mean any major printed or online news publication, or television or radio broadcast channel, regularly reaching a significant domestic Ugandan audience.
It is expected that there will be no more than six separate individual Fellows in each of the four Giants Club countries – Kenya, Botswana, Gabon, Uganda – making a total of 24 Fellows during the first phase of the Programme.
Successful applicants may broadcast or publish in any language, but translations into English must be supplied at the Fellows’ own cost in order to be eligible for international publication in ESI Media outlets.
Each story published or broadcast on ESI Media titles will earn the Fellows a one-time payment of £50 paid in the local currency of the Fellow at rates taken from www.xe.com. For budgetary reasons, it is not expected that any individual Fellow will ordinarily have more than one or maximum two stories published internationally per month.
Space for Giants and the Giants Club, as well as ESI Media Editors, will choose which stories will be published internationally, according to criteria that will be explained to Fellows during the Conservation Journalism Masterclass. Stories may be edited by ESI or Giants Club staff.
The Conservation Journalism Masterclass will usually last three days, and require full-time attendance and participation of each Fellow. Transport, meals, drinks, £15 per diem in local currency, and accommodation if the venue is outside of your usual city of residence, will be arranged and their costs covered by the Fellowship Programme.
The Masterclass is expected to lead to at least one major page-lead length or TV/Radio news bulletin story, but the organisers take no responsibility for guaranteeing that issues covered or ideas presented during the Masterclass will meet your media house’s editorial demands.
The Fellowship Programme’s financial obligations to the Fellows extends only to covering the costs of the Masterclass, paying fees for stories published or broadcast internationally on ESI Media, or costs associated with attending the Giants Club Summit 2019. No other costs or expenses associated with your reporting will be paid.
A maximum of eight Fellows will be invited to attend the Giants Club Summit 2019. Fellows are responsible for making sure they have a valid passport. The Fellowship Programme will cover the costs of visas, travel insurance, transport including flights, accommodation, meals, food, £15 per diem in local currency, internet connectivity and Summit attendance. Criteria determining who will be offered the chance to cover the Summit will be the responsibility of the Fellowship organisers, and will include but not be limited to those Fellows demonstrating interest from their Editors for significant Summit coverage.
Terms and Conditions may differ between Programmes in different countries.
In all cases of query or dispute regarding the Fellowships Programme, these Terms and Conditions, or Fellows’ engagements with the Giants Club, the decisions of employees or contractors of the Giants Club, Space for Giants, and ESI Media are final.