The eight Fellows chosen for the inaugural cohort of the Pulitzer Center’s Ocean Reporting Network (ORN) represent a diverse mix of regions, backgrounds, formats, and experience—and will spend a whole year delving into key ocean topics including fisheries, pollution, and aquaculture.

A healthy ocean is vital to addressing the triple planetary crisis of global warming, pollution, and biodiversity loss. Public awareness of the threats to marine species and ecosystems is growing, but dedicated reporting and engagement are required to bring these issues to broader attention and drive real change.

The ORN, launched in May 2023, provides the unique opportunity for freelance or staff journalists to pursue an in-depth or investigative ocean story over 12 months. Similar to the successful model of the Pulitzer Center’s Rainforest Investigations Network, the Fellows receive funding, training, and the support of dedicated editors from the Pulitzer Center’s Environmental Investigations Unit. Further support from the Center’s Engagement team will help the Fellows amplify their stories, engage with their audience, and measure impact.

The Ocean Reporting Network is a sister initiative of the Pulitzer Center’s Rainforest Journalism Fund and Rainforest Investigations Network. Our oceans, fisheries, and coastlines journalism is supported by the Walton Family Fund, The Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad), and the Howard Hughes Department of Science Education.

If you are a journalist or editor interested in joining this network, please visit our ORN fellowship page for more information or email [email protected]



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FAQ: What You Need To Know To Join the Ocean Reporting Network

The Pulitzer Center has opened its call for applications to the Ocean Reporting Network (ORN). In its first year, the network will select a cohort of eight journalists to receive financial and editorial support to report on the world’s oceans. 

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Apply To Join the Ocean Reporting Network (ORN)

Together, the network will uncover the harmful and illegal practices of the fishing and extractive industries, systemic threats to marine biodiversity and coastal communities, and the supply chains facilitating global demand for the ocean’s increasingly dwindling resources.

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Apply for the Deep Dives: Ocean and Fisheries Reporting Grant

The Pulitzer Center is seeking ambitious reporting proposals from freelance and staff journalists from around the world who wish to report on vital ocean and fisheries issues and are in need of support for their reporting projects.


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Ocean Reporting Network



Rainforest Journalism Fund

The Rainforest Journalism Fund (RJF) raises awareness of the urgent issues facing the world's rainforests by supporting and empowering independent, quality journalism in three key regions: the Amazon, the Congo Basin, and Southeast Asia.


Rainforest Investigations Network

The Rainforest Investigations Network (RIN) seeks to leverage investigative reporting and cross-border collaboration to address stories at the intersection of climate change, corruption and governance in the world's three main rainforest regions: the Amazon, Congo Basin and Southeast Asia.