The mission of the Institute for Journalism & Natural Resources is to promote public dialogue about natural resource issues through programs that inform, empower and inspire better journalism.
IJNR conducts expedition-style programs of training and professional development for journalists at all career stages and from all sorts and sizes of news outlets—ranging from newspapers and magazines to radio, television and online operations. To supplement and reinforce its field-based training programs, IJNR conducts multi-day workshops and provides reporting awards to support on-the-ground journalism projects. IJNR also offers coaching and mentoring for journalists, along with access to web-based tools designed to support their ongoing work.
Over time, the increased accuracy, depth and perspective in news coverage generated by these journalists help to promote greater public awareness, better-informed civic discourse, expanded citizen engagement, and more responsible decision-making.
Participants in the 2021 Big Changes in the Great Lakes Virtual Institute are eligible to apply for small grants (up to $1,000) to support reporting projects based on a subject (or subjects) covered during the program. Grant money may be spent on any costs incurred for normal reporting activities: travel, lodging, research, etc. Grant money may not be used for direct compensation to the applying journalist.
If you’re interested in taking advantage of these funds, there are a few things we need from you:
- A one-paragraph proposal outlining what the focus of your reporting trip will be; an idea of who you’d hope to connect with; and in which outlet(s) you hope to publish.
- A brief budget outlining travel and reporting costs.
- A timeline for travel and reporting.