Apply: Become a Student Reporter at World Resources Forum 2013, Davos-Switzerland

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Apply to be a student reporter for the World Resources Forum 2013 in Davos!

A conference that Student Reporter has covered since its inception, the World Resources Forum (WRF) in Davos is held bi-annually to exchange knowledge about the economic, political and environmental implications of global resource use. You can review our latest coverage from 2011 and 2012 (held in Beijing). This year, WRF2013 convenes under the theme “Shaping the Future of Natural Resources” and will address topics of resource efficiency, sustainable cities, urban mining, and lifestyles. It will be held 6-9 October, 2013 in Davos, Switzerland.

We are seeking students to form an international team of 10 student reporters, led by a team of journalism professionals and contributors to the New York Times, The New Yorker, and DIE ZEIT, etc. Producing both written and multimedia work, you will participate in our training program in online journalism & conference blogging, and report on-site in Davos 4-11 October, 2013. After the program, successful candidates are then invited to join our permanent team as Staff Writers.

Mercator_logoFive spots are reserved for students enrolled in a Switzerland-based University program. The Student Report team at the World Resources Forum 2013 is supported by Mercator Foundation Switzerland.

Project Dates: Online training schedule via webinars and peer-editing to start June; on-site training and conference reporting 4-11 October (arrival evening 4 October, departure 11 October), 2013; post-conference wrap up (finishing of writing articles in pipeline), usually 2-4 weeks after the conference.

CompensationCoverage of food and accommodation at conference site, and conference participation fee; travel fees up to 200 CHF (100 CHF for students based in Switzerland).


  • Enrolled in a higher education program (i.e. Bachelors-level or above, preferably at the Masters or Doctoral level; professional degree programs welcome)
  • Strong academic background in environmental sciences, resource economics, or business/policy/economics (with ideally a concentration in environmental issues)
  • Proven interest in and critical understanding of environmental sustainability
  • Experience in online journalism
  • Excellent written and verbal English skills

We highly encourage you to familiarize yourself with our work, especially our recent conference projects and the types of articles we produce. To better understand our program requirements, applicants can also listen to the interview with Student Reporter editor Caroline D´Angelo. Caroline led a team of reporters at the World Water Forum 2012, Marseille-France. She provides insights into what we expect from reporters,  how the daily work at the conference site looks like, but also about the unique personal development opportunities for our reporters.

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We are accepting applications until 30 May 2013. To apply, please submit the application form below and send to, the following 4 documents (write “SRWRF2013” in the email subject header):

  1. A resume or CV;
  2. Motivation letter describing how your background, experiences and passion would make you a match for our program;
  3. A writing sample on a topic relevant to the World Resources Forum 2013 (max 850 words); *To make a strong application, we advise that you write a piece specifically for this project;
  4. A brief strategy of how you would like to approach and cover the conference topics (max 400 words).

Feature Image: Training session Student Reporter team WRF 2011, Davos Congres Center; Source: Student Reporter.

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