Rainforest Journalism Fund - Congo Basin Regional Coordinator

The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting is seeking to hire a project coordinator in the Congo Basin region for a journalism initiative aimed at increasing awareness of the role of tropical rainforests in climate change through journalism and outreach. The Center will be offering grants to regional journalists to report on rainforest issues, and will also be providing opportunities for education and outreach. Supported projects will include a mix of print, radio, broadcast and photography. A Congo Basin advisory committee, composed of leading environmental journalists from the region and beyond, will provide oversight of the regional initiative over the course of the year.

For more information about the Rainforest Journalism Fund, you can view our announcement here and the original call for proposals here.

The coordinator will be responsible for:

  • Helping to identify regional and local news outlets that the Center will partner with over the course of the initiative, including establishing relationships with editors and journalists at leading news media outlets;
  • Conducting a baseline survey of coverage of tropical rainforest issues in the local and regional news outlets. Tracking tools like Google alerts and BuzzSumo will be set up and provided by the Center but the coordinator will be responsible for the collection of the data and a report summarizing findings.
  • Promoting the grant opportunities through direct outreach to outlets and across local and regional networks of journalists;
  • Translation of communications for dissemination in the media and online, and as needed between Pulitzer Center, the advisory committee, and selected journalists;
  • Coordination with the advisory committee and the  Center on the selection and management of the projects;
  • Leading the review process for the selection of the journalists who will receive funding, based on clearly defined criteria by the Pulitzer Center and advisory committee, including drafting brief summaries of each application;
  • Serving as the first point of contact for the selected journalists and ensuring that projects are on track and meeting their promised goals;
  • Identifying local and international NGOs and experts working on issues related to rainforests to ensure the Center is well informed of the most pressing and critical issues on the ground;
  • Identifying a location for an annual regional convening and helping publicize and coordinate logistics for the events and trainings to take place in the summer of 2020.

News media partners will retain full editorial control over the reporting projects. The role of the Pulitzer Center and advisory committee in the collaboration is limited to financial assistance, mentoring and guidance as sought out by the journalists or outlets, and promotion of the final project. The development of media partnerships in the Congo Basin will be a first priority of the advisory committee and coordinator.

The coordinator position will require a commitment on average of 10-15 hours per week, with fluctuations depending on the stage of the initiative. Compensation will be commensurate with time required and relevant experience.

Qualifications for the position include:

  • Fluency in English and French
  • At least 10-15 years working as either a journalist or editor or in the field of media & communications
  • An established network of editor and journalist contacts in the region across a wide range of publications
  • Excellent organizational and communications skills
  • Ability to manage deadlines and provide support to journalists awarded grants, including keeping their projects on track
  • Strong knowledge of environmental, political, social and health issues related to tropical rainforests including:
    • The tropical forests' role in the overall climate equation and weather patterns globally, regionally and locally, and the resulting consequences for human life and living conditions (in broad terms) caused by deforestation
    • Deforestation drivers
    • Solutions to halt deforestation 
    • Potential security considerations on selected projects
  • A bachelor’s degree (or international equivalent)

The coordinator must also adhere to the Pulitzer Center’s Ethics and Standards policy, available here: http://pulitzercenter.org/about-us/ethics-and-standards-policy

More about the Pulitzer Center: http://pulitzercenter.org

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