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GRID-Arendal, a center collaborating with the United Nations Environment Programme, and SKUP, Norway’s association for investigative journalism, are offering 2 grants of NOK 25,000 for environmental investigative journalists working globally on the issues of organized environmental crime for the year 2016.
Ssuggested topics for investigation should belong to one of five areas of illegal operations:
- trafficking, dumping and trade of toxic waste;
- poaching and trade of wildlife.
Grants will help investigative environmental journalists to cover the necessary costs of document retrieval, travel to develop and interview sources, and other investigation-related expenses.
The application should reflect some preliminary research, outlying the importance of the case and some background information on the suggested issue, provide a clear sense of place, characters, narrative and reporting strategy and a publishing plan. It also requires a CV, two letters of recommendation and reference to previous publications.
Applications should be forwarded to Valentin Emelin, the Head of Environmental Crime Program in GRID-Arendal electronically at email@example.com. The deadline for receiving applications is November 1, 2015. Applications will be reviewed by a joint GRID-Arendal/SKUP selection committee and winning grant recipients will be announced on Christmas Eve on web-sites of GRID-Arendal and SKUP.
The grants will be announced at 15.00 hrs by senior advisor Christian Nellemann from Grid-Arendal at the Global Investigative Journalism Conference in Lillehammer during a seminar session on Investigating Environmental Crime: Illegal Logging.