The network seeks to harness investigative reporting and cross-border collaboration to tackle stories at the intersection of climate change, corruption, and governance in the world’s three main tropical rainforest regions: Amazon, Congo Basin, and Southeast Asia.
Once a year, the Pulitzer Center, a nonprofit organization that supports independent global journalism, accepts reporting fellowship applications for its Rainforest Investigations Network (RIN).
Few stories are more urgent—and global—than the destruction of the planet’s tropical rainforests. The Pulitzer Center’s RIN seeks to create an ecosystem of collaboration among journalists to follow the money and the many illegal practices and legal loopholes that enable industrial-scale deforestation.
The RIN Fellows will work on individual and collaborative reporting projects to systematically probe the drivers of deforestation across the three main rainforest regions (Amazon, Congo Basin, and Southeast Asia), from money flows to land-grabbing activities and human rights violations.
WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR
We are seeking to recruit experienced investigative journalists in each of the tropical rainforest regions as well as journalists based at major global media outlets.
The full-time, year-long fellowships will cover the reporter’s salary and provide additional support for the media outlet that employs the journalist (if on staff), or that agrees to host the Fellow (if a freelancer).
The Rainforest Investigations Network is coordinated by journalist Gustavo Faleiros, a pioneer of rainforest accountability reporting and founder of the data journalism outlet InfoAmazonia. The RIN core team includes data editor Kuang Keng Kuek Ser and investigative journalist Jelter Meers. The Fellows will also work with other Pulitzer Center staff, such as Executive Editor Marina Walker Guevara.
Fellows are expected to devote a full year to their rainforest investigations and to publish regularly. They will receive training and data, communication, research and coordination support from the Pulitzer Center. They will work closely with their co-Fellows around the world, benefiting from one another’s skills and diverse perspectives.
The initiative will also collaborate with the Pulitzer Center’s education teams. Fellows will have the support of local education coordinators, who will identify outreach opportunities to share investigation findings at schools and universities.
The Rainforest Investigations Network is a sister initiative of the Pulitzer Center’s Rainforest Journalism Fund. It is funded with the support of the Norwegian International Climate and Forest Initiative (NICFI). The NICFI grant includes an explicit guarantee of full editorial independence for the Pulitzer Center as well as for the Fellows and news organizations taking part.
The journalists selected in this round will make up the third cohort of RIN investigative fellows since the initiative’s launch at the end of 2020. To meet the Fellows and read their stories, click here.
BENEFITS FOR RIN FELLOWS
- The opportunity to work on impactful investigations that are time-consuming and costly.
- A global network of top-notch investigative reporters will aid your investigations and complement your skills.
- Access to data and documents as well as the opportunity to sharpen your data skills with support from the Pulitzer Center’s data and research team.
- Specialized training opportunities include using satellite imagery and other digital tools in investigations, corporate and follow-the-money research, and more.
- The opportunity to work on stories that transcend your country and region and can achieve true global impact.
- A community of like-minded colleagues that will continue beyond your fellowship.
- The possibility of renewing your fellowship for an additional one or two years based on performance.
- Salaries commensurate with experience.
- Reporting expenses such as travel, consultants and technology up to US$ 10,000 during the entire fellowship
Please note that selected candidates will work remotely.
Applications for the 2023 cohort have now closed. Thank you for your interest.
We encourage applications in English but accept materials in other languages if needed.
We also published a Q&A about applying, which you can read here. We encourage proposals from journalists and newsrooms representing social, racial, ethnic, and underrepresented groups, and economic backgrounds.