The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and the Earth Journalism Network are providing a six-month media fellowship to digital, print, and radio journalists, voice artists, documentary filmmakers, video bloggers, graphic artists, and anyone else who has a demonstrated flair for mass communication. Preference will be given to applicants from the Himalayan region in India, Nepal, and Bhutan.
The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) is a research institute in New Delhi that specializes in the fields of energy, environment, and sustainable development. Established in 1974, it was formerly known as the Tata Energy Research Institute. As the scope of its activities widened, it was renamed The Energy and Resources Institute in 2003.
The fellowship goal is to broaden the understanding of the fellows on climate change communication and enhance their skills to produce multimedia stories across a variety of digital platforms. This is a fully online program. The fellows will get to interact with a number of climate science, policy, and communication experts. They will be mentored by senior journalists and their performances will be assessed on the basis of stories, involving original production and reporting from the Himalayan region.
Overall, this Media Fellowship program intends to create a Himalayan collective of climate change communicators, who in the long term, collaborate to amplify the environmental concerns and solutions, related to this very vital and vulnerable ecosystem.
- Training will be imparted through a virtually designed Learning Management System. 4G connectivity and standard laptop/ desktop are essential pre-requisites for applying for this fellowship.
- Fellows will need to devote a minimum of 4-5 hours per week to attend live classes and one-to-one sessions with assigned mentors.
- Additionally, they will be required to commit time to produce and submit multimedia stories (number of stories to be pre-fixed at the start of the fellowship) within stipulated deadlines. Fellows will receive a small stipend to support the production of these stories.
- All stories produced under the fellowship will be licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivatives 4.0 International. Fellows will be free to self-publish their stories or get it published first (commercially or pro-bono) on any credible media platform of their choice.
- Any professional with a minimum of 3 years of work experience, working with a regional or national media organization or independently.
- Preferably (not necessarily) located in the Himalayan region.
- The fellowship intends to encourage applicants representing ethnic minority groups, indigenous groups, and women, individuals under 30 years of age, and people with disabilities.
- Is a citizen of India, Nepal, or Bhutan.
- Engaged in reporting on Himalayan ecosystems.
- Proficient (spoken and written) in English or Hindi language.
Applicants will appear for a one-on-one interview with the selection committee. They will be shortlisted on the basis of the following submissions –
- Two by-lined samples of environmental reporting, preferably from new media- digital, radio, and television. Regional language entries should be submitted with a summary in English.
- A letter of consent from your media organization to participate in the program.
- A Statement of Purpose (SoP), delivered through a two-minute video, explaining your motivation to apply for the fellowship.
How to Apply?
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