Climate Home News launches African reporting programme

Comment: If you are an experienced African journalist, we want to hear your story ideas on the links between climate science and development

The aftermath of landslides in Bududa, Uganda, October 2018 (Pic: Leonard Mukooli/Daily Monitor)

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Climate Home News is seeking stories from African journalists on climate change and sustainable development.

In partnership with Future Climate for Africa, we are supporting original reporting that explores why climate science and information matters to people in African countries. This covers competitive rates and reasonable travel expenses, to be negotiated in advance.

The ideal story for us will capture the attention of our international audience with a combination of reportage from affected communities, scientific evidence, innovative solutions and political tension or controversy. For more on our editorial values and process, watch this 14-minute video presentation.

If you are a journalist with at least three years’ experience, based in and holding a passport from an African country, please send us your pitches.

Your pitch should explain the top line of the story and essential context in no more than 150 words. If we like the idea, we will ask for more detail. Briefly explain what sources you would interview and any travel required. Our focus is on written articles but we are also open to multimedia projects.

When pitching for the first time, tell us a bit about your journalism experience and background. Include links to one or two recent stories you are proud of.

You must have fluent spoken and written English. It helps if you have worked with international media before and have some awareness of climate change themes.

Email Megan Darby with your story ideas and any questions: [email protected]

This opportunity is open from July 2019 to March 2020.

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