Eligibility for the Story grants on renewable energy in Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu 2020 call for proposals is on and applications are ongoing. It is hosted by the EJN.
The grants will support the production of in-depth stories on the subject, with the aim of improving access to quality information and raising awareness among policymakers, project developers, investors, and observers.
Story grants on renewable energy in Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu 2020
Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu are among the leading states for the development of solar and wind energy in India. The economic slowdown significantly worsened by the Covid-19 pandemic has impacted the rollout of renewable energy (RE) projects in both states.
Problems over project financing, payment, and evacuation infrastructure have added to the worries of RE developers. Still, the long-term prospects remain bright.
They looking for in-depth stories focused on policy, financing, payment, and infrastructure hurdles as they relate to renewable energy and how to overcome them.
Grant to be awarded
EJN expects to award grants averaging Rs 90,000 each, depending on the proposal and method of coverage.
Eligibility for the Story grants on renewable energy in Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu 2020
- Applications are open to India-based journalists (online, print, television, radio) and other expert media practitioners with a demonstrated interest in reporting on the RE sector.
- preference shall be given to journalists who regularly cover economy, business, and energetic beats. And also give preference to journalists who are based in Maharashtra or Tamil Nadu.
- In an effort to ensure equal opportunities and a diversity of voices, women are especially encouraged to apply, young journalists, and journalists from indigenous communities.
- They are seeking applications from freelancers and staff from all types of media outlets both international, national, local, and community-based.
- Those who are awarded grants should publish or broadcast their stories in their affiliated media as long as EJN and its partner outlets are also given rights to edit, publish, broadcast, and distribute the grantees’ stories freely.
- Freelance reporters are expected to demonstrate a plan for publication or broadcast and are encouraged to provide a letter of interest from an editor.
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Criteria for Judging
The following should be considered by applicants when devising their story proposals;
- Relevance: Does the proposal meet the criteria and objectives of this call? Why does this story matter and to whom? Is the main idea, context, and overall value to the target audience clearly defined?
- Angle: If the story has been covered by mainstream media, does your proposal bring new insights into the topic or offer a fresh angle?
- Impact: Does the proposal have a compelling narrative or investigative element that will inform and engage, draw attention, trigger debate, and urge action?
- Innovative storytelling: The use of creative approaches, multimedia, and data visualization will be considered a plus.
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