Science Journalism Fund

  • Possum scavenges an egg at a bird nest. Image - Ngā Manu Images

    Possum scavenges an egg at a bird nest. Image - Ngā Manu Images

A $5,000 BioHeritage grant for science journalists keen to report on Māori and pest control is part of this year’s Science Journalism Fund – applications now open.

Aotearoa has an ambitious goal to become predator free by 2050 and BioHeritage is keen for journalists to uncover what this means for Māori communities and how it fits with a Māori worldview.

Grants from $500 to $5,000 are available to fund reporting on new topics, with preference given to projects that would otherwise be unlikely to attract resourcing.

In response to feedback, the eligibility criteria has been updated for this round of the Science Journalism Fund, says fund founder Dr Rebecca Priestley.

“We’re hoping we’ll get applications from more freelance writers, early career journalists, and potentially people who think of themselves more as science communicators rather than journalists."

She says the fund is also keen to hear from a more culturally diverse group of applicants, including Māori media, and hopes that this round's themes will have broader appeal.

Applications close 27 July, with funding available under the following themes:

  • Maori and Pest Control
  • Whose science?
  • Agricultural greenhouse gases and options to reduce agricultural emissions
  • Science on Ice

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