Call for energy transition cross-border journalism - Go collaborate!

The energy transition story cuts both across borders and beats. Whether it’s foreign affairs, science, environment, domestic politics or business: journalists at all those news desks have a plethora of energy transition stories to tell.

In their reporting on the economic sector, journalists at the traditional business desk in particular often write about how corporations seek to meet new emission standards, or innovate in context with the energy transition. However, the connection between business on the one hand and the energy transition as well as the overall climate crisis on the other, is too often not explicit.

For second call for applications of the cross-border story grant, Clean Energy Wire is looking for stories with a clear-cut focus on the relationship between business and the energy transition.

How do businesses adjust to the climate crisis? How does incumbent industries’ transformation look like? Who are the innovators? Who is leading, who is lagging or even working against the transition? What’s the bottom-line and financial impact? How do companies act and shape the transition across borders? These are just some of the questions, the epochal shift to a climate-friendly economy raises.

The first round of the ‘Go Collaborate – Energy transition story grant’ yielded 18 in-depth stories, published in seven media outlets over seven months, following 150 compelling story ideas from 55 pitching teams across 61 countries and all continents. Now, CLEW is calling for a second round of relevant, internationally impactful story pitches that journalists might otherwise have difficulty pursuing due to limited resources and the fast pace of the daily news cycle.

This time, we will award two teams an overall sum of EUR 7,000. The finalists will pitch their proposals to the audience of the Global Energy Transition Journalism Conference 2019 in Berlin, and compete for the award sums of EUR 3,000 and EUR 4,000.

Clean Energy Wire is honoured to have the support of three highly distinguished judges who will help select the most promising cross-border energy transition stories. 

The application deadline is 14 January 2019.

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