The Earth Journalism Network (EJN) is offering Story Grants to boost reporting on renewable energy in Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu, with a focus on prospects, problems and roadmaps.
The grants will support the production of in-depth stories on the subject, with the aim of improving access to quality information and raising awareness among policymakers, project developers, investors and observers.
Story Approach & Formats
- EJN expects to award grants averaging Rs 90,000 each, depending on the proposal and method of coverage, with some flexibility for in-depth and data-driven stories using innovative and investigative approaches that may be more costly to produce. Applicants should provide a detailed budget with justification for the amount requested. EJN expect that proposals will largely reflect what equipment the applicant already has access to (including cameras, lighting, tripods etc.) and will not consider budgets that heavily focus on procuring new equipment.
- EJN encourages the use of multimedia, such as graphics, data visualizations and video. Applicants for long-form and multimedia narratives should include plans and budget for accompanying multimedia elements and distribution channels in their pitch.
- Stories can be done in English or local languages or both. EJN encourage applications from journalists working in local languages and reporting for local media outlets. However, for wider dissemination, an English translation should be provided. Please include the cost for translation in the budget, if necessary.
- Applications are open to India-based journalists (online, print, television, radio) and other expert media practitioners with a demonstrated interest in reporting on the RE sector.
- EJN shall give preference to journalists who regularly cover economy, business and energy beats.
- EJN shall also give preference to journalists who are based in Maharashtra or Tamil Nadu. In an effort to ensure equal opportunities and a diversity of voices, EJN especially encourage applications from women, young journalists and journalists from indigenous communities.
- EJN is seeking applications from freelancers and staff from all types of media outlets – international, national, local and community-based.
- Those who are awarded grants should publish or broadcast their stories in their affiliated media as long as EJN and its partner outlets are also given rights to edit, publish, broadcast and distribute the grantees’ stories freely.
- Freelance reporters should demonstrate a plan for publication or broadcast and are encouraged to provide a letter of interest from an editor.