Reports on India’s Progress towards Net Zero through a Just Energy Transition

Earth Journalism Network

Relevent Country: India

The Earth Journalism Network (EJN) is offering support for the production of in-depth reports on India’s progress towards a Net Zero economy through a Just Energy Transition.
The aim to support the production of reports that raise awareness and drive conversations among communities and policymakers at local, national and regional levels.

Report Themes 

They welcome unique reports that focus on:

  • Opportunities to achieve net zero and challenges that may impede the country’s progress
  • Sectoral plans and policies in industries like transport, electricity, automotive, fuel, mining, agriculture and manufacturing;
  • Finance and capital investments, available and suitable technologies, and infrastructure;
  • Areas of potential growth and development in a green economy
  • The impact on marginalized communities most affected by decarbonization efforts.

Funding Information

  • EJN will provide a grant of up to Rs 90,000 per report and mentoring from experienced practitioners to selected applicants.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants based in India are eligible.
  • For the purposes of this grant opportunity, they will only be accepting applications in English, Hindi and Bengali. Unfortunately, they do not have the capacity to consider applications in other languages at this time. Applicants must either have a working understanding of at least one of these languages or have a translator available to assist with communication with Internews staff.
  • Groups of applicants 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.
  • Applications can be made for reports in any medium (online, print, television, radio).
  • They welcome applications from early-career as well as experienced reporters. They are especially eager to hear from applicants reporting on business, finance and tech perspectives, or those closely covering the country’s emission-reduction policies.
  • They encourage applications from freelancers and staff from all types of organizations – international, national, local and community-based.
  • EJN reserves the right to disqualify applicants from consideration if they have been found to have engaged in unethical or improper professional conduct.

Judging Criteria

  • Applicants should consider the following points when devising their proposals.
  • Relevance: Does the proposal meet the criteria and objectives of the call? Why does this report matter and to whom? Is the main idea, context and overall value to the target audience clearly defined?
  • Angle: If the subject 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?
  • Innovation: The use of creative approaches, multimedia and data visualization will be considered a plus.
  • Plan for timely publication: Applicants, whether freelance or employed, will need to include a letter of support from an editor in their application, committing to publish the report by the end of May 2023.