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The International Reporting Project (IRP) is now accepting applications to report on the 2016 climate talks in Marrakech, Morocco.

The International Reporting Project (IRP) is pleased to offer up to five international reporting fellowships to cover the 2016 UN climate change conference in Marrakech, Morocco.

The Twenty-Second Conference of the Parties (COP22) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will take place from November 7-18. COP22 follows on the heels of last year’s landmark climate conference in Paris, at which 195 nations agreed to limit global temperatures to, at most, 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. The agreement, which must be ratified by 55 countries pledging to reduce 55 percent of emissions, further included the aspirational goal of reducing temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

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IRP fellows selected to attend the conference will report on news and developments at COP22, particularly in the context of the goals set forth in last year’s historic agreement. Fellows may also explore regional climate change stories and participate in additional meetings and site visits organized by IRP.

How to Apply

All candidates must complete an application form and provide an essay of at least 500 words describing the narrative they would pursue at the conference.

Topics might include: how countries or other groups are working toward the 1.5°C goal; specific climate change solutions (including mitigation, adaptation and resilience); security risks and migration; climate action coalitions, campaigns, and movements; climate-related issues specific to Morocco and/or northern Africa; stories related to climate change in the journalist’s home country; connections between environment and health; climate impacts for vulnerable populations; and other issues.

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These fellowships are open to professional international journalists with significant experience covering environment and climate change. We welcome applications from print and online journalists, including writers, photographers, filmmakers, radio journalists, data journalists, and others. This trip is not open to students.

More Details

IRP will purchase the fellows’ round-trip air tickets to Morocco and will pay for visas, hotel costs, local transportation and several group meals. The IRP will also arrange journalists’ press accreditation for the conference. Fellows who wish to extend their stay beyond the dates of the conference will have the option to arrange that at their own expense.

All of the stories will be republished on the IRP site and co-owned by the fellow (or his/her publication partners, depending on their arrangements) and the IRP. In addition, the work produced as a result of the trip may be republished by IRP’s partner organization. These fellowships are a collaboration between IRP and the Stanley Foundation.

Read our frequently asked questions and apply for the trip by midnight (EST) on September 21, 2016!

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