World Resources Forum 2015, Davos-Switzerland

New Application: Finding Roots of Capitalism through Environmental Reporting

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Our dependence on mainstream economic thinking can be found in news stories of the environmental crisis today.

Apply to participate in a Pro Journo flagship program on obsession journalism and conference reporting with a focus on heterodox economics and the environment at the World Resources Forum 2015 in Davos, Switzerland.

You will work in a group of six internationally selected students interested in (heterodox) economics, environmental issues and journalism. Throughout the program you will receive professional journalism support from a Deputy Editor at The Economist Intelligence Unit based in New York and a former New York Times Journalist and current ABC News reporter based in Moscow.

This program comprises of a virtual training program from June until September 2015 and will finish with an onsite conference reporting program from the 9th until 16th of October 2015 in Davos, Switzerland.

Your writing from the virtual training and conference coverage will be published on the Pro Journo website, partnering sites such as The Huffington Post and Triple Pundit, and compiled into a Pro Journo Digital Report.

A conference that Pro Journo 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 previous coverage from 20112012 (held in Beijing) and 2013. This year, WRF2015 convenes under the theme “Circular Economy and Resource Productivity“.

Mercator_logoThis Pro Journo  program is supported by Mercator Foundation Switzerland.

Program Dates:

  • June – October 2015 (virtual): Online training via webinars and one-on-one editing of two pre-conference articles about the following themes:
    • Current state of economic analysis of environmental issues in the media
    • Real-world feature stories on environmental issues
    • Interviews with academic and advocacy experts on environmental economics
  • 9-16th October 2015, Davos-Switzerland: Onsite training and conference reporting (arrival evening of 9th of October, departure morning of the 16th of October)
    • In-depth interviews and Q&As with participants and organizers, coffee talk posts, etc.
  • Post-conference wrap up (finishing of articles in the pipeline), usually 2-4 weeks after the conference


  • Professional obsession journalism training program
  • Unique, intensive editorial one-on-one mentoring
  • Coverage of food and accommodation at conference site
  • Conference participation fee (equivalent, 250 CHF, or ~260 USD)
  • Travel reimbursement, up to 200 CHF (or ~210 USD)


  • Enrolled in a higher education program (ie, Bachelors-level or above, preferably at the Masters or Doctoral level; professional degree programs welcome)
  • Strong academic background (with ideally a concentration in environmental or economic issues)
  • Proven interest in and critical understanding of environmental sustainability
  • Proven interest or experience in digital journalism
  • Excellent written and verbal English skills

We highly encourage you to familiarize yourself with our work, especially our recent conference project at the World Economic Forum 2015 and obsession journalism project on Organic Solutions in Global Food Affairs. To better understand our program experience, applicants can also watch the following video, which covers our conference reporting at the World Resources Forum 2013.

We are accepting applications until 15 May 2015. To apply, please send to, the following 4 documents (write “WRF2015” in the email subject header):

  1. A resume or CV (max 2 pages);
  2. Motivation letter or video describing how your background, experiences and passion would make you a match for our program (max 1 page or 5 minutes);
  3. Pretend you are pitching an environmental (journalistic) story to The Upshot (The NYT’s digital section focused on economic and political analysis of current events) (max 500 words), read this article on how to write a  journalistic pitch;
  4. A short essay about your opinion on the current state of economic thinking(s) and the environment (max 500 words).

Your application benefits from reading the following book review “The Environmental Crisis and Its Capitalist Roots: Reading Naomi Klein with Karl Polanyi“.

Feature Image: Nairobi’s ‘Tenement City’; Source: Pro Journo.

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