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Rainforest Journalism Fund

The Rainforest Journalism Fund (RJF), launched in September 2018, represents a major investment in international environmental and climate reporting. Through the Pulitzer Center, the RJF will support nearly 200 original reporting projects over five years, along with annual regional conferences designed to raise the level of reporting on global tropical rainforest issues like deforestation and climate change–leading to stories that make a difference. The RJF will support and build capacity for local and regional reporters based in the Amazon Basin, Congo Basin, and Southeast Asia, as well as international reporters working in those regions. The RJF is supported by the Norwegian International Climate and Forest Initiative (NICFI). For more information about the RJF, please see our announcement and update.

To apply for a Rainforest Journalism Fund reporting grant, please visit the RJF Grants page.

Regional and Local Reporting

Applications for regional projects are independently reviewed by Advisory Committees, composed of experienced journalists, and are expected to propose projects related to tropical rainforests in each region. 

To learn more about RJF's three focus regions and Advisory Committees and view the regional reporting projects supported by the Rainforest Journalism Fund, please visit the following pages:

International Reporting

For more information about international RJF projects, please visit the International RJF page.

To see the stories and projects supported by the RJF and also by the Rockefeller Foundation, Omidyar Network, MacArthur Foundation, and individual donors, please see the Pulitzer Center’s Rainforests Issue Page.

 

Smoke Screen (Portuguese)

A detailed analysis reveals the intrinsic relationship between fire and deforestation in the Amazon over the past two years.

Two Lives of Fire Giant (bahasa Indonesia)

Journalists and civil society organizations from different countries came together to uncover the alleged involvement of corporations in Indonesia’s 2019 fire season.

Feeling the Heat

There is concern that a number of articles in the job creation bill may weaken environmental law enforcement. The bill poses a new threat to forests and peatlands.

Peatland Fires Are 'Patterned and Massive'

The next two months will be crucial for Nazir Foead and his team at Indonesia's Peatland Restoration Agency (BRG). Peatlands have been vulnerable to fires during this time of year, and BRG has been the target of criticism.

Companies Behind Forest Fires

Land and forest fires ravaged Indonesia in 2019. Satellite imagery and field checking suggest that companies were at fault. Poor law enforcement and lax regulations may trigger similar disasters in the future.

The Untouchables

Companies responsible for forest fires in Indonesia are not being served equal punishment. Civil suits are difficult to execute, while criminal suits do not seem to be moving forward.

Mercury Alert

Mercury, the toxic quicksilver that pumps through the veins of gold miners is a necessary evil to extract gold in the Amazon. In this series, we take you on a trip through the underworld of the trade.

Saving Siberut Island

Siberut Island is a unique island of Mentawai Islands, in the western of Sumatera Island, Indonesia. Siberut Island is the home of four endemic primates. The Siberut forest is under threat from a 49,440 hectares timber consession, a company-owned 19,876 hectares forest plantation, and 2,600 hectares of land and forest will be developed as a special touristic area.

Carbon Chronicles

With journalists in Indonesia and Brazil, the stories in this project highlight how tropical forests in Costa Rica, Indonesia, and Amazonia might ameliorate—or, to the contrary, aggravate—climate change. The project also explores the current impacts of climate change on people and wildlife.

Can Catholicism Save The Amazon?

Sister Jean believes that God made us free. With that freedom, we made many terrible choices, like burning down the Amazon. Now, it is not God's job to save us -- that's up to people like Sister Jean.

Maranhão à Venda | Maranhão for Sale

How Flávio Dino's administration has violated the environmental rights of traditional communities in favor of commodity exploration and extraction with Chinese capital.

All the Flames of the Forest: The Complex Reality of Amazonian Fires Explained

From arson caused by large loggers to the use of fire for subsistence in traditional communities, a journalistic investigation differentiates the types of fires in the Amazon rainforest.

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