Earth Journalism Network — Journalism Grants to Support Fisheries in West Africa


Internews ‘Earth Journalism Network is Offering a second round of grants to media reporting fisheries and environment journalism in West Africa  as share of a’ wider and recently lancé capacity building project in the area .

With the overall goal of improving the ability to tackle the problem of overfishing, illegal fishing, food security and ocean governance, the project aims to further explore the economic and social consequences of overfishing on coastal communities, through stories and investigations.

The two-year project reflects the goals of Target 14 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG14) adopted in 2015 by the UN General Assembly to “Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.”

Funding for this series is being provided by the Adessium Foundation.


We welcome all stories to fisheries management in West Africa. We are looking to bring about new threats to West African fisheries. Stories and applications may be in English or French English.

Special consideration will be given to applicants for conduct in-depth, investigative or enterprise reporting on the following topics:

  • the impact of overfishing and IUU fishing on coastal communities,
  • the use of destructive fishing practices, bycatch and fish aggregating devices
  • community-led fisheries management initiatives
  • poverty reduction and food security through sustainable fisheries
  • challenges of transboundary management of fisheries and shared stock

In addition, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from the  African Journalist for Sustainable Fisheries Workshop.


EJN is offering up to $ 500 per grant with some flexibility for deep, investigative stories using innovative approaches to storytelling. Applicants should provide a detailed budget with justification for the amount requested.

We would like to make a lot of information about this equipment (including cameras, drones, lighting, tripods, etc.) and are more likely to approve our budget.


Investigative feature:  1,500 – 3,500 words (can be combined with video, photos, graphics, and / or maps)

News article:  700 – 1,500 words (can be combined with video, photos, graphics, and / or maps)

Video package:  Video piece (2-6 minutes in length) that can be accompanied by text, graphics, photos, and / or maps

Online multimedia package:  Interactive website featuring some combination of text, video, graphics, photos and / or maps to enhance the story

** NOTE: Proposals should include detailed pictures, maps and video.


Working Journalists (online, print, television) and other experts in the field of West African countries are welcome to apply. Applicants who have a track record of reporting on fisheries or other environmental issues. We encourage freelancers and staff from all types of media outlets-both large and small-to submit applications, but please indicate where you expect to publish or broadcast your story.

We encourage journalists who attend the  African Journalists for Sustainable Fisheries Workshop  .


It is a condition of the grant that the Internews and the Adessium Foundation can publish and distribute the published articles, however, the writers / producers are free and encouraged to publish their stories in other media outlets.

Deadline for applications is November 13, 2017 at 5pm EDT.

Please download this budget form to complete your application




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