From Rio to Bangkok! After making our mark at the United Nation’s Rio+20 Earth Summit in June, we will send a new team of five Student Reporters to cover UNEP’s Post Rio Sustainable and Consumption Conference to be held in Bangkok, Thailand between the 12th and 13th of November, 2012. The program is sponsored by UNEP Asia, and will be led by staff writer Andreas Slotte from the Stockholm School of Economics, Sweden.
Selected candidates are required to arrive on 10th November and stay until 14th November. Candidates must reside or hold citizenship in Asia. The application deadline is 30th September, 2012.
You will be informed about your application after the 3rd October. Due to time constraints, successful applicants need to respond within 48 hours to our invitation email.
Student Reporters will receive free registration for the conference, and a UNEP-sponsored $220 per diem for four days ($880 per Student Reporter) to help cover travel and accomodation costs. Coordination of accomdation is taken care of by the program organizers.
Student Reporters must arrive in Bangkok by 10th November. There is a mandatory pre-conference training session on the 11th of November, and all reporters must stay with the team in Bangkok until the 14th of November, 12 noon local time. Student Reporters are required to take part in an intensive pre-conference virtual team building and a journalism training program, attend daily meetings during the conference days, and are expected to write at least six publishable articles during the program period (10th of October until 14th of December 2012).
Candidates must be familiar with Student Reporter, oikos and UNEP, and display an affinity for its missions. Excellent English language writing-skills are essential and backgrounds in (online) journalism, photography, audio- and video production are a significant advantage. Academic backgrounds in economics and business, environmental sciences, and/or journalism are desirable. Student Reporters must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program (preferably Masters or Doctoral level). Candidates must reside or hold citizenship in South Asia and South East Asia (UNEPs funding requirements). The organizers cannot support visa applicants. Applicants must only apply if visa can be issued on time.
Please apply by 30th of September 2012 (11pm Centreal European Time Zone). Please email the following documents in either PDF or DOC form to Andreas Slotte <40311 AT student.hhs.se>:
- Curriculum Vitae (max 2 pages);
- Motivation letter (max 1 page); and
- Sample article which addresses one of the topics of UNEP’s conference program (max 700 words).
The more precise you are in your application, the more likely we will get an impression of you, which will help us to understand your passion for being a Student Reporter. We look forward to reading your applications and to meet you in Bangkok. You can click around this site and our social media links to get a feel for what live conference blogging is like and to understand what we expect from our reporters.
If you have any questions, concerns or comments, please email Andreas Slotte <40311 AT student.hhs.se>. Good luck!