How to apply for the Oxford Climate Journalism Network

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This is a unique opportunity to join a global network, and learn from peers and academics, while developing your own expertise and career in climate journalism.

How to apply

Applications for the fourth intake of the network running from July to December 2023 are now open. The deadline to apply is Tuesday 4 April, 23:59 UK time.  

What do members do? 

Members of the network will participate in a six-month online programme with access to world-leading experts, dedicated workshops and a community of 100 journalists from all continents. Successful applicants will be expected to: 

  • Join a mandatory 90-minute seminar held every two weeks. These are usually held Tuesdays at 13:00 UK time to allow for maximum time zone coverage. This unfortunately results in inconvenient hours for colleagues in East Asia, the Pacific and Western North America.  
  • Join the community’s dedicated online platform and engage with other members there 
  • Join 60-minute optional sessions whenever possible. These are often held at the usual 13:00 UK time, but some vary to allow for better hours for colleagues. 
  • Engage with the network’s community, including discussion with colleagues on an online platform, and participating whenever possible in additional activities and events 
  • Complete three brief questionnaires tracking their knowledge through the process, including a survey in June, another one in December and a mid-course survey. 

Who should apply? 

The course is designed for reporters from all beats, desks and formats that are interested in improving their coverage of climate change. This course is not only for climate specialists, although they are also welcome to apply. 

The course aims to broaden the scope of climate change journalism. As a result, journalists, multimedia reporters, photographers and editors from beats such as sports, business and politics are encouraged to apply. This is not a course for students or for PR professionals. Only practising journalists should apply. 

Applicants should have the written support of their line manager to attend the 12 mandatory sessions and join the rest of the programme. 

How do I apply? 

You should complete our application form (link below) and provide a signed letter from your editor or newsroom manager confirming you have their support in applying for the Oxford Climate Journalism Network. This letter should explicitly state that your organisation will allocate time for you to participate in the Network activities. It can also include information on why your manager thinks you would be suited for this network. This should be in a PDF on company letterhead. 

What are we looking for? 

Candidates will be evaluated solely on their application form materials.  

We are looking for journalists from all beats, platforms and levels of seniority that are passionate about climate coverage. Successful applicants have included junior reporters from France and Venezuela, editors in chief from Belgium and Tanzania, financial reporters from India and Chile and generalists from the US and Fiji. 

We are looking for clear reasons why applicants want to join the Network and for clear support from the applicant’s newsroom (or editor, if freelance).  

We are looking for both applicants from traditional climate journalism spaces (environment correspondent or climate editor, for instance), but we also want to hear from beats, newsroom roles and regions that are not prioritised in global climate coverage. This includes, for instance, fashion and political reporters, photojournalists and fact checkers, and journalists based in the Global South.  

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