How are Seattle and the Puget Sound’s communities of color and immigrant communities affected by environmental policies and politics? What can be done to address some of the inequities caused by pollution and climate change?
These are questions that we will tackle in The Seattle Globalist’s Environmental Justice Investigative Journalism Fellowship Program.
This program will be an opportunity for four early-career journalists to look into questions about environmental justice in Seattle, and to learn about investigative techniques including public records requests, crafting an interview, doing background research and more.
Funding for this program comes from the City of Seattle’s Equity and Environment Initiative.
The program is scheduled to run Nov. 18 through Jan. 27. Fellows will receive a a stipend of up to $2,000 for their participation and completion of the program.
We encourage everyone with an interest in environmental or investigative reporting to apply, and especially those interested in environmental justice. The ideal candidates will have some experience creating media and can provide samples of work in writing, podcasts, photography or video.
Fill out the following form by Nov. 8 for consideration. Those on mobile devices can click here to fill out the form.
And if you have an environmental justice story that our team should investigate, please let us know about it by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Seattle Globalist was awarded funding in 2019 from the City of Seattle’s Equity and Environment Initiative to create the Environmental Justice Investigative Journalism Fellowship Program. The program will be a paid training and reporting opportunity where fellows will receive 10 weeks of training in investigative journalism techniques and one-on-one mentorship from an experienced journalist. Each fellow will each be tasked with developing and completing an investigative story based on environmental justice story ideas from POC and immigrant communities. These stories will be presented at a symposium at the end of the program.
We would like to train people from immigrant and POC communities in investigative environmental reporting so that they can uncover stories happening in these often underrepresented communities. In 2014, U.S. newsrooms were less than 14% staffed by ethnic minorities: barely 1/3 the numbers people of color represent in our nation’s population overall. We want that to change. We want to offer journalists from POC and immigrant communities an opportunity for high level, investigative journalism training.
We are doing this program because there is a need to tell stories about how POC and immigrant communities are often adversely affected by environmental issues, and not well represented in media or at the legislative levels to address them.
If you have an environmental justice story in your community, please let us know about it by emailing email@example.com.