$3,350 to Paul Gorman for “Has Dunedin learnt from the Christchurch earthquake?”, a multimedia exploration.
$1,650 to Katie Todd for “It won’t happen here – Is it time our policy makers shifted their thinking on natural hazards?”, a radio package and long form written piece for Radio New Zealand.
Funded by the Earthquake Commission (EQC)
$5,000 to Baz MacDonald from Re: News for “Isolated”, video episodes on New Zealand communities preparing to be cut off by the next big quake.
Funded by QuakeCoRE
$2,000 to Alex Braae from The Spinoff for “How large scale composting could transform farming and waste management in New Zealand, and sequester far more carbon”.
$3,000 to Eloise Gibson “The Aussies can claim carbon credits for soil. Why can’t we?”, for publication in Newsroom.
Funded by Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research
Applications have closed for our fifth call for proposals. There were three specific themes:
Earthquakes, volcanoes, floods, tsunami, land slips — risks from a range of natural hazards are a defining feature of life in Aotearoa NZ. Decisions made every day by families, businesses, and communities addressing or ignoring these risks have consequences that may not be apparent for years or decades. This category invites projects focused on any aspect of natural hazard risk and resilience, including consumer, economic and outcomes from recent research.
Funded by EQC. EQC is on a mission to reduce the impact of natural disaster on people and property.
Earthquakes are an ever-present hazard that NZ can’t afford to ignore. What lessons have been learned from major quakes like Kaikōura and Canterbury and how are these being applied on the ground in communities the length and breadth of New Zealand? What has actually changed when it comes to the country’s infrastructure, attitudes and outlook? How far is there still to go before the next big one hits?
Funded by QuakeCoRE. QuakeCoRE is transforming the earthquake resilience of communities and societies through innovative world‐class research.
As well as providing nearly all our food and helping to regulate the earth’s atmosphere, soils are one of the main global stores of carbon. We invite proposals relating to the science of soil carbon, investigating how New Zealand’s soil carbon is now being measured, monitored and managed – and what the future effects of changes in soil carbon might be on our changing climate.
Funded by Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research. Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research is the Crown Research Institute for our land environment, tasked with helping New Zealanders understand and care for our land and the rich biology that shares this land with us.
Before completing the official application form, please read the following Guidelines for Applicants. Incomplete applications may not be considered.
General information that includes:
Project description that includes:
Samples of professional work:
Note that it is not required that the submitted pieces be related to science. We suggest submitting your highest quality work.
Details of supporters:
The application will require: Name, title, email address, and phone number of one referee who is familiar with your work and can recommend on your abilities and potential as a journalist.
You will also need to upload a letter of support from a media outlet. There is a template available for this purpose.
If you work at an established media outlet:
If you are self-employed/independent/freelance:
*See section below on information for partner media outlets
Note: Both freelance applicants and applicants in salaried employment as journalists will be eligible for grants to cover research and travel expenses. If funding is required to support a journalist’s time researching and preparing stories for the media, priority will be given to freelance applicants, unless a salaried journalist can demonstrate that the story or stories they plan to work on would not otherwise be possible.
The Science Journalism Fund’s success depends on the quality and relevance of its funded projects, but also on the ability of the partnering media outlet to deliver an audience for the project content. We, therefore, expect your supporting letter as a publisher, editor, manager or producer to include the following:
Template text for letter of support
To be submitted on the supporting media outlet’s letterhead. Additional words of support for the project are welcome, but please be sure to include everything below.