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.
We are committed to diversifying the stories that are told around conservation and
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
Professional journalist (bylines within the past year)
Ethical & reputable reporting (abides by Society of Professional Journalists’ Code of Ethics)
Has not received a COMPASS Journalist Fellowship in the last three years (since 2017)
If you have any questions, please email us at COMPASSfellowship@COMPASSscicomm.org.