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Sue Palminteri WildTech Reporting Fellowship 2022

Sue Palminteri WildTech Reporting Fellowship application is live now!

This Fellowship is an excellent opportunity for journalists to apply their skills to write stories about conservation technology-related research at Mongabay. Read through for details on how to apply.

About Sue Palminteri WildTech Reporting Fellowship

Over the course of the part-time, six-month program, the WildTech Reporting Fellow will work directly with Mongabay editors to develop their writing skills and publish a series of their stories on Mongabay’s independent news platform, which has over four million global readers every month.

Fellowship Value

The WildTech Reporting Fellow will receive a $5,000 honorarium for the duration of the program.

An opportunity for early-career environmental journalists

According to Mongabay’s Program and Translation Specialist María Ángeles Salazar who coordinates the program, “The Sue Palminteri Wiltech Fellowship is a great opportunity for journalists in the first years of their careers who want to explore the advances of conservation technology, learn about what’s working and what isn’t, and report on it while getting feedback and guidance from experienced Mongabay editors.”

Previous WildTech Reporting Fellows have produced over 20 high-impact conservation technology stories. For example, Caitlin Looby wrote a story that discussed the considerations of cloning species on the brink of extinction, such as the black-footed ferret and Przewalski’s horse. 

Claudia Geib also published an article about a camera with an artificial intelligence system that could be trained to recognize specific animals in the field and sound an early alarm to help prepare villagers to repel elephants.

Fellowship Perks:

  • Publishing experience in a high-profile news outlet
  • Learning about journalistic programs and processes at Mongabay
  • Becoming part of a community of passionate and talented writers
  • Coaching and support:

a) Meet and greet training session via Skype and Q&A with Mongabay staff
b) Working with different editors and receiving guidance and feedback

  • Developing writing skills
  • Developing interviewing skills
  • Resume building
  • Mongabay letters of reference and personal recommendations

Who are we looking for?

Our application process is competitive and we will select one fellow for the term. Below is a list of traits we look for when selecting individuals for our fellowship program:

  • Excellent command of written and spoken English
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Self-motivator
  • Passionate about environmental subjects
  • Positive attitude
  • Coachable and open to learning
  • Strong values – personally and professionally
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Interest in conservation technology

How to apply

Applicants are required to submit a:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • Writing sample from a journal entry or blog article (600 words max.)
  • Optional: an additional writing sample of your own.

Application Deadline

Entry submission for this fellowship application closes on April 29, 2022 (11:00 a.m. EDT [New York time]).

Selection Process:

Applicants will be notified in late May. We ask that you do not email asking about the status of your application in the meantime. If selected, you will start in the first month of the term (June 2022).

For full details about how to apply, please see the official webpage.

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