Journalists: Apply Now for the InsideClimate News Mountain West Environmental Reporting Workshop

ICN’s next regional workshop will be held for Mountain West journalists in Salt Lake City in March 2020. The deadline to apply is Feb. 3.

Rocky Mountain National Park. Credit: Allie Petersen/National Park Service
Rocky Mountain National Park. Credit: Allie Petersen/National Park Service

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Are you a journalist in the U.S. Mountain West who wants to produce more in-depth clean energy, environmental and climate stories for your news outlet? Are you interested in collaborating on joint projects on these subjects?

InsideClimate News, the Pulitzer Prize-winning national nonprofit newsroom, is hosting a day-and-a-half-long workshop for winning applicants March 23-24 in Salt Lake City. The workshop is part of ICN’s National Environmental Reporting Network in the Mountain West.

We are looking for reporters from Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Nevada, Utah, Colorado and New Mexico who have been producing climate- and energy-related news stories or have the ambition and potential to do so.

Journalists from all types of media—print, digital, television and radio—are encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to journalists who work full-time for news organizations, but freelancers with strong ties to Mountain West newsrooms can also apply.

The Salt Lake Tribune, an ICN Mountain West partner, is hosting the workshop at its downtown Salt Lake City newsroom. Lodging, food and reasonable travel costs are included.

Some sessions will be conducted by scientists and government officials and others by ICN’s journalists. The sessions will focus on climate science, extreme weather, public lands and adapting to climate change. We’ll also talk about journalistic skills and useful tools to cover this important and challenging subject.

If you are chosen, your newsroom will participate in collaborations based on themes participants identify during the conference, similar to those InsideClimate News has organized with Midwest and Southeast newsrooms. Following the conference, ICN will lead a content-sharing collaborative for partners that will enable them to publish each other’s environmental journalism throughout the year, if they choose to do so. As part of the collaborative, ICN will serve as mentor and sounding board for partners and seek to engage in and facilitate joint investigations and other projects among members.

The training is made possible thanks to the generosity of the Grantham Foundation, Park Foundation, Wallace Global Fund and others. Attendees also can apply to ICN for story development funds and other financial assistance.

To nominate yourself or someone on your team for this opportunity, complete this form. Your story ideas will be kept confidential. The application deadline is Feb. 3, and winning applicants will be notified the following week.