Deadline: September 30, 2022 at 18.00 WAT.
China Dialogue is offering three grants for reporters to cover the RSPO Annual Roundtable Conference on Sustainable Palm Oil 2022 (RT2022) from November 27th – December 1st 2022 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Successful candidates will contribute to a team report on the conference, participate in our workshop on palm oil reporting and join us on a field trip. You will also have the opportunity to develop and produce a longer term feature that will be published on China Dialogue’s website in 2023.
China Dialogue has been covering palm oil in-depth, with a dedicated editorial team, for the past three years, with support from The David and Lucile Packard Foundation. The first two years introduced our readers to the wider environmental impacts of palm oil, the key producers and consumer markets, new frontiers and the challenges of producing palm oil sustainably. The second phase of the project is focusing more on social justice and human stories within the supply chain, as well as examining the latest science and technological innovation and palm oil’s role within wider commodity supply chains.
During the RSPO conference, you will be required to:
Attend daily team briefings
Set up interviews and make contacts
Participate in social media promotion
Contribute to a team story on the conference
Gather material to support a longer term palm oil story with us
Successful applicants will have their expenses covered by China Dialogue, including travel (international or domestic), accommodation, visas, meals and a field trip.
You must be a print or online experienced journalist within a newsroom – or a freelancer who has a relationship with a publication that will agree to sponsor your accreditation. You must be able to demonstrate you have previously covered environmental issues and possess a fair level of knowledge of the issues and debate surrounding palm oil.
They are particularly interested in reporters from the key producer countries (Indonesia and Malaysia) and markets (India and China) and new frontier countries (Latin America and West Africa).
How to apply:
- a CV,
- at least three examples (PDF or links) of relevant published work,
- and a letter explaining in no more than 500 words why you would like to attend.
Please also provide a one-A4 page story pitch for an in-depth feature that demonstrates your awareness of topical and regional palm oil stories, and your approach to the reporting.
They offer a commissioning fee and any expenses for your story, which should be no more than 2,500 words.
Send your application to: