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Apply for a COMPASS Journalist Fellowship at NACCB 2020!

We’re excited to announce that COMPASS will be providing travel fellowships for 15 journalists from across North America to attend the North American Congress for Conservation Biology (NACCB) in Denver, Colorado, July 26-31.


This biennial conference, hosted by the Society of Conservation Biology, brings together over 1,000 conservation scientists, professionals, and students to share the latest research, explore challenges, and foster collaborations. The conference theme for 2020 is Crossing Boundaries: Innovative Approaches To Conservation.


COMPASS has brought journalists to the past three NACCB conferences (Missoula, Montana in 2014, Madison, Wisconsin in 2016, and in Toronto, Ontario in 2018). Our goals for providing journalist fellowships to attend scientific conferences are: to foster connections between scientists and journalists, and to provide journalists with access to new research, new voices, and as-yet-untold stories. We’ve seen many story ideas seeded and long-lasting connections made through our journalist fellowships.


Scientists also benefit from having journalists at conferences, not just because of the potential for their research to reach a broader audience, but also because of the questions journalists ask and perspectives they bring. Every conversation is an opportunity to spark new thinking. We’re thrilled to be able to provide this fellowship again with the support of Wilburforce Foundation.


What the Fellowship Includes:


Travel stipend of up to $650 USD, shared accommodation for 4 nights at the conference (July 27-31), and $250 USD for per diem (in total). Single rooms can be arranged for an additional cost.


Journalist fellows will be expected to participate in COMPASS conference activities designed to enhance journalist and scientist connections and communication, including attending an opening plenary on Monday night (where journalist fellows will be introduced to the conference attendees), a post-plenary reception, and a Wednesday evening ‘Pitch Pit’ event.



Applying:


We are committed to diversifying the stories that are told around conservation and

conservation science.


We strongly encourage applications from people who are thinking

about and communicating these issues from unique identities, voices, and perspectives.


We welcome applications from North American professional journalists and editors for

print, broadcast and online outlets. We seek to inform reporting about

conservation science in a broad range of outlets and to provide opportunities for

journalists to connect with conservation research.


The application period closes March 16, 2020. To apply, please fill out this Google Form: https://forms.gle/ndDpVRQonWgGfbHd8


Eligibility Criteria:

If you have any questions, please email us at COMPASSfellowship@COMPASSscicomm.org.


We greatly appreciate the financial support of Wilburforce Foundation and the partnership of the NACCB conference organizers.

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