The Seattle Globalist was awarded funding in 2019 from the City of Seattle’s Equity and Environment Initiative to create the Environmental Justice Investigative Journalism Fellowship Program. The program will be a paid training and reporting opportunity where fellows will receive 10 weeks of training in investigative journalism techniques and one-on-one mentorship from an experienced journalist. Each fellow will each be tasked with developing and completing an investigative story based on environmental justice story ideas from POC and immigrant communities. These stories will be presented at a symposium at the end of the program.
We would like to train people from immigrant and POC communities in investigative environmental reporting so that they can uncover stories happening in these often underrepresented communities. In 2014, U.S. newsrooms were less than 14% staffed by ethnic minorities: barely 1/3 the numbers people of color represent in our nation’s population overall. We want that to change. We want to offer journalists from POC and immigrant communities an opportunity for high level, investigative journalism training.
We are doing this program because there is a need to tell stories about how POC and immigrant communities are often adversely affected by environmental issues, and not well represented in media or at the legislative levels to address them.
We plan on putting a call out for fellowship applications this fall. If you have an environmental justice story in your community, please let us know about it by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.