Round 2 - Just Transition Mentorship and Story Grant Opportunity 2024
Dates: 09 August 09 August | Location: Online
Application deadline: 28 July | Programme: Exploring the Nexus Between Climate, Inequality and Labour Rights
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Online Information Session Date:  

9 August 2024 (Fri) 13:00-15:00 UK / 17:30-19:30 India / 18:00-20:00 Bangladesh / 09:00-11:00 Brazil  

Location: Online  

Registration Deadline: 28 July 2024 

Background: 

Thomson Reuters Foundation (TRF) is offering a unique opportunity for TRF Alumni in India, Bangladesh and Brazil to apply to a second round of mentorship and story grant program about just transition. In a nutshell, just transition is a way of achieving a sustainable world without leaving anyone behind. It has gained particular attention in the context of climate change. As economic sectors are pushed to greener business practices, poorly thought-through climate action, as well as climate inaction, often intensifies labourer vulnerabilities, exposing workers to insecure and unprotected work. Within this environment, just transition works to secure the future and the livelihoods of workers and local communities in the transition to a low-carbon economy. 

Journalists have a vital role to play in unpacking this complex aspect of climate change. Through effective and engaging reporting, journalists can shed a critical light on the transition to a greener and more sustainable future, raising the awareness of the public and keeping stakeholders informed and accountable. 

Please find here a link to a document overviewing just transition and relevant sources for further information. 

Story grant and mentoring programme 

The story grant and mentorship programme will start with an online information session outlining what just transition is, the media climate surrounding just transition, and an overview of how journalists can report on this issue. Attending journalists will be welcomed to submit their story ideas through online submission. Those who make the shortlist will have an opportunity to pitch their story ideas to the lead trainers for a chance to receive a £300 story grant along with up to 8 hours of one-on-one mentoring with the Foundation’s expert journalism trainers.  

Story grant and mentorship process: 

  • 9 Aug: Online information session  
  • 9 - 16 Aug: Online story pitch idea submission 
  • 29 and 30Aug: Zoom pitching session for selected journalists 
  • 4 Sep: Selection announcement
  • 16 Sep – 30 Nov: Mentorship Period – Story development  
  • 30 Nov: Story publication deadline 

Eligibility  

  • Applicants must be based in, or conduct reporting on India, Bangladesh, or Brazil.
  • Applicants must be full-time journalists or regular contributors to media organisations. 
  • Applicants must be fluent in English. The information course will be run in English.    
  • Applicants must have at least 2 years of experience writing stories surrounding climate change and climate change decisions and its impacts on workers and communities. 
  • Applicants must have access to a minimum internet speed of 8Mb/second. (You can check the speed of your device by logging from it on www.speedtest.net). Financial support to purchase internet data can be made available for the period of the training. 
  • Applicants need access to a computer to participate in the training; participation from a mobile or smartphone will not be possible. 

Submissions Overview  

When registering, you will be asked to share one story idea that you would like to pitch. We will not share your ideas with anyone. 

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