In recognition of World News Day and its accompanying theme of telling the story of the Climate Crisis, WAN-IFRA Women in News has announced a special edition of its Social Impact Reporting Initiative (SIRI) Individual Assignments. It is inviting  women journalists,who have engaged with WAN-IFRA Women in News since 2010, to apply for an assignment grant to tell the story of how climate change is affecting vulnerable and at-risk groups in their communities.

Journalists from the following countries are eligible to apply:

Africa: Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Arab Region: Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon,Palestine

Southeast Asia: Indonesia, Myanmar, The Philippines, Vietnam

SIRI aims to shine a light on at-risk or vulnerable communities while also providing short-term relief to journalists that are facing acute financial stress. Since its launch last year, in exceptional cases, SIRI has been expanded to provide exceptional financial support to journalists in response to political or environmental crises.

Deadline for Applications: 31 October 2021

To date, more than 100 individual journalists and 56 organisations have been recipients of a SIRI individual assignment or grant. More than 3,300 articles in a variety of formats have been produced – the majority of which have been published.

SIRI Climate Change assignments are available to journalists of any medium, with the condition that they are no longer receiving a salary or, in the case of freelance journalists, have faced a loss of contract. The focus of the assignments should be on climate change, and its impact on vulnerable or at risk populations. All stories should be gender aware. What is gender aware? See here for practical tips on how to ensure your writing is inclusive and balanced.

SIRI recipients may offer their completed assignments to an outlet of  their choosing, or choose to self-publish. WAN-IFRA Women in News will also publish the stories in a dedicated World News Day compilation.

Content may be produced in any language

Individuals may apply for reporting assignments equalling EUR3,000, and have 8 weeks to complete their assignments.