The EJN Story Grants for Moroccan Journalists to Report on the Mediterranean Sea 2022 are now accepting applications. Journalists from Morocco who are interested in generating in-depth articles revealing the scope of unsustainable marine management and biodiversity loss in the Mediterranean Sea can apply for reporting funds from Earth Journalism Network (EJN).
They are open to tale suggestions that center on the following subjects:
- Biodiversity loss in the Mediterranean Sea
- Endangered marine species
- Marine protected areas
- Marine pollution
- The deep sea
- Illegal and destructive fishing
- Destructive impact of bottom trawling
- Destructive fishing practices (trawling, nets, dynamite)
- Overfishing of species such as blackspot seabreams, European hake, blue and red shrimp,
deep-water rose shrimp, sardines, anchovies, sardinellas, red mullets, Black Sea turbots,
- European eels and common dolphinfish as well as the impact of incidental catch of
vulnerable species including sharks, seabirds and sea turtles.
They expect to award five grants with a budget of up to 500 Euros each.
- Open to journalists working in any medium (online, print, television, radio) and other expert
media practitioners with professional reporting experience. They welcome applications from
early-career journalists and experienced reporters with a track record of environmental
issues. They encourage applications from freelance reporters and staff from all types of
media organizations – international, national, local and community-based.
- Applicants must be based in Morocco.
- Groups of journalists are eligible, however, the application must be made in the name of
one lead applicant. Lead applicants are responsible for communicating with EJN and
receiving funds on the group’s behalf, if awarded.
- For the purposes of this grant opportunity, they will only be accepting written applications in
English or French. Unfortunately, they do not have the capacity to consider applications in
other languages at this time. Applicants must either have a working understanding of
English and French or have a translator available to assist with communication with
- EJN reserves the right to disqualify applicants from consideration if they have been found to
have engaged in unethical or improper professional conduct.
Applicants should consider the following points when devising their story proposals.
Relevance: Does the proposal meet the criteria and objectives of the call? Why does this story matter and to whom? Is the main idea, context and overall value to the target audience clearly defined?
Angle: If the story has been covered, does your proposal bring new insights to the topic or
offer a fresh angle?
Impact: Does the proposal have a compelling narrative or investigative element that will
inform and engage, draw attention, trigger debate and spur action?
Innovative storytelling: The use of creative approaches, multimedia and data visualization
will be considered a plus.
Plan for timely publication: Reporters, whether freelance or employed at a media outlet,
will need to include a letter of support from an editor in their application, committing to
publish the stories by March 31, 2023.