Internews is an international media support nonprofit organization that believes everyone deserves trustworthy news and information to make informed decisions about their lives and hold power to account. The global organization trains journalists and digital rights activists, tackles disinformation, and offers business expertise to help media outlets become financially sustainable.
Internews’ flagship environmental project, the Earth Journalism Network (EJN), now a global network of more than 15,000 members, works to improve the quantity and quality of environmental reporting around the world. In partnership with STOP Spillover, Internews’ Earth Journalism Network’s efforts focus on raising awareness about zoonotic diseases, diffusing knowledge, and developing media capacity to report on these issues, especially among journalists from vulnerable and marginalized communities.
“Public awareness of the risks of zoonotic diseases is limited, and in many parts of the world the pandemic response has been characterized by a lack of data and rampant misinformation. In order to act effectively, governments, policymakers and communities need reliable, evidence-based and robust information to make informed decisions and push for change,” said James Fahn, executive director of Internews' Earth Journalism Network..
“Internews will provide local journalists in target countries with crucial information and guide them to report more effectively on how to reduce amplification and spread of zoonotic pathogens,” said Stella Paul, project officer for environment and health.
As part of STOP Spillover, Internews’ Earth Journalism Network is offering story grants and 1-1 mentorship to selected journalists from Bangladesh, Cambodia, Côte d'Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Uganda, and Vietnam who want to report on viral zoonotic diseases and efforts to prevent their spillover from animals to humans. Journalists may apply in English, Vietnamese, Khmer or French by August 15, 2022.