Field Reporting Awards

now accepting submissions for our 2018 field reporting awards

IJNR invites proposals for grants to help defray the costs of reporting projects that focus on natural resources, the environment, energy, development, agriculture, environmental justice, and public health.

The purpose of these grants is to provide financial support for qualified, professional journalists, in order to allow them to report on important topics that they may not otherwise be able to cover. 

Grant money may be spent on any costs incurred for normal reporting activities: travel, lodging, research, etc. If you have questions, please feel free to ask: contact@ijnr.org.

Journalists of color and other underrepresented or minority journalists are strongly encouraged to apply.

Please read the complete award guidelines (below) prior to submission. 


New for 2018:

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Environmental Justice Reporting Award

Stories about natural resources are inherently also stories about society, economics, culture, politics, health, and, ultimately, people. We believe communities that are adversely impacted by environmental issues -- whether a downstream city bearing the brunt of upstream pollutants, a neighborhood impacted by nearby infrastructure, or a town lacking access to clean water -- are too often overlooked. 
 
It is with an eye towards these underrepresented communities that we offer our Environmental Justice Reporting Award. Applicants for this award should propose a project that aims to illuminate the environmental realities that impact marginalized people and underserved communities. Proposals may be for up to $1,000, and should be limited to reporting projects in North America. Journalists of color and other minority journalists are strongly encouraged to apply for this award. Journalists who apply for but don’t receive the Environmental Justice Award will also be considered for Frank Allen Field Reporting Awards.


New for 2018:

 Loggerhead Sea Turtle. Image: Wikimedia user Mike Gonzalez

Loggerhead Sea Turtle. Image: Wikimedia user Mike Gonzalez

Guerry Beam Memorial Award

Guerry Beam was the son of Kirby Beam, a Georgia tree farmer and early member of IJNR’s Board of Trustees. Guerry’s passions were wildlife and marine conservation, as well as writing. He died in an automobile accident in his early 20s, and his parents established an annual gift to IJNR in his name. With that gift we have established this award.

The Guerry Beam Award will be given to the applicant whose proposal focuses on marine conservation in North America. Proposals may be for up to $750. Journalists who apply for but don’t receive the Guerry Beam Award will also be considered for Frank Allen Field Reporting Awards.


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THE FRANK ALLEN FIELD REPORTING AWARD

Frank Allen founded IJNR in 1995. For more than 15 years he led journalists on intense reporting expeditions throughout North America, introducing them to the people and places involved in important environment, natural resource, energy, and development issues. When Frank retired in 2012, he left behind a legacy dedicated to fairness, accuracy, high-quality storytelling and on-the-ground journalism.

It is with this legacy in mind that IJNR created the Frank Allen Field Reporting Awards. Grants may be for up to $500. At the discretion of the selection committee, up to seven awards may be granted.


Andrew Weegar Memorial Award

Andrew Weegar was an extraordinary and unique environmental journalist who was taken from the world too soon.  A true renaissance man, he was an accomplished naturalist, fisherman, hunter, farmer, furniture-builder, and a dedicated newspaper reporter. Following graduate studies in Divinity at Harvard University, he chose to return home to his native Maine to found a handcrafted canoe company. He also pursued a robust career in journalism covering agriculture, fisheries, and forestry issues for the Maine Times, and spent countless hours exploring the rivers, bogs, and forests around his home with his young daughter Molly and wife Abigail. He was a devoted father and husband, and he was, too briefly, an associate director of IJNR.

It is in memory of Andrew's inimitable spirit and boundless curiosity that we offer the Andrew Weegar Memorial Award. More than ten years after his untimely passing, Andrew's enthusiasm and good humor remain an integral part of the IJNR legacy, and the organization truly would not be what it is today without his influence.

Applicants for the Weegar Award should propose a reporting project that resonates with one or more of Andrew's passions: conservation, traditional agriculture, forestry and fisheries. The winning proposal will promise top-quality immersive storytelling and high-spirited adventures of all kinds. Proposals may be for up to $1,000. Journalists who apply for but don't receive the Andrew Weegar Award will also be considered for Frank Allen Field Reporting Awards.


Guidelines & Rules:

IJNR accepts proposals for grants to help defray the costs of reporting projects that focus on natural resources, the environment, energy, development, agriculture, environmental justice, and public health.

The purpose of these grants is to provide financial support for qualified, professional journalists, in order to allow them to report on important topics that they may not otherwise be able to cover. At the discretion of the selection committee, up to eleven awards may be granted.

Preference will be given to reporting projects in, about, or impacting North America. 

Grants may be given for the full amount requested, or may be given for a percentage of the full amount.

Grant money may be spent on any costs incurred for normal reporting activities: travel, lodging, research, etc. If you have questions, please feel free to ask: contact@ijnr.org.

IJNR reserves the right not to issue any grants in a given year, based on the caliber of proposals.

Applicants must be working journalists, including freelancers, who have demonstrated a continued commitment to the tenets of fairness, accuracy and journalistic integrity. Applicants may not be lobbyists, public relations personnel, or communications employees writing solely on behalf of an organization or corporation.

Grants will not be given directly to journalism nonprofits or reporting organizations; journalists working or freelancing for these types of outfits are welcome to apply as individuals. 

IJNR pledges to keep confidential all of the applicants’ proposed story-project topics and specific story ideas until the time of publication.

IJNR pledges to give award winners complete control over their work with no editorial interference.

Award recipients will agree in writing to provide IJNR with a brief progress report at a mutually specified time during the reporting process and a final report after publication.

Wherever permitted by editor’s approval, or where the awardee has editorial control (personal website, etc.), IJNR asks that grant recipients include acknowledgement of IJNR’s support in or appended to stories resulting from the grant.

Grants must be used within one year of receipt. If reporting schedules change, please contact us regarding further plans.

IJNR funding may not be used as reimbursement for reporting that has already occurred.

Liability disclaimer: IJNR’s role is solely to provide grants for reporting purposes. IJNR assumes no liability for the legal or safety risks undertaken during the course of reporting.

Applicants must submit their proposals online via Submittable.