The Ocean Reporting Network Fellowship

The Pulitzer Center, a global organization that supports independent, innovative journalism, is now accepting applications for its Ocean Reporting Network (ORN). 

The network will establish a collaborative ecosystem of journalists around the world. Together, they will uncover the harmful and illegal practices of the fishing and extractive industries, systemic threats to marine biodiversity and coastal communities, and the supply chains facilitating global demand for the ocean’s increasingly dwindling resources.

This year, they are actively seeking investigations that include, or are tailor-made for, a cross-border, collaborative approach.

They welcome ambitious proposals on the main ocean threats of climate change; over- and illegal fishing; biodiversity loss and pollution; and the species, ecosystems, and communities that are being impacted. But they also strongly encourage proposals on underreported topics that also deserve attention, such as

  • deep-sea mining;
  • marine energy generation;
  • blue finance and carbon crediting;
  • marine genetic resources and benefit sharing;
  • shipping, marine carbon dioxide removal and ocean geoengineering; aquaculture;
  • marine protected areas (creation, implementation, and management);
  • polar issues;
  • fishmeal production;
  • etc.


  • Access to data and documents as well as the opportunity to sharpen their data skills with support from the Pulitzer Center’s Data and Research team.
  • Specialized training opportunities such as the use of satellite imagery and other digital tools in investigations, corporate and follow-the-money research, and more.
  • The opportunity to work and collaborate with other journalists on stories that transcend their country and region and can achieve true global impact. 
  • A community of like-minded colleagues that will continue beyond their Fellowship. 
  • The possibility of renewing their fellowship for an additional one or two years, based on performance.
  • Salaries commensurate with experience.
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  • Experienced journalists with a proven track record of investigative or in-depth ocean or environmental reporting.
  • Journalists with a solid understanding of ocean issues and the scientific, environmental, social, legal, political, and commercial forces at play—and why these issues matter to our global well-being.
  • Staff or freelance journalists working on various platforms, including print, radio, video, and multimedia.
  • Team players with the experience and ability to work collaboratively across newsrooms and borders, and the willingness to learn new skills.
  • Reporters who are motivated to participate in outreach activities related to their investigations, such as meetings in communities and visits to schools and universities.

Application Process

Applicants are asked to provide the following materials:

  • A copy of their résumé or curriculum vitae.
  • A description of the investigative or in-depth reporting project they seek to pursue during their Fellowship.
  • Three professional references or letters of recommendation.
  • A plan for how their project will be published and distributed, which audiences they want to reach, and how they will engage them. (500 words)
  • A statement of purpose
  • Three examples of their most impactful investigations published in the past three to five years.
  • A plan on how to engage the communities affected by the issue of their reporting and the decision-makers that might use their reporting to improve regulation or business practices. 
  • A letter of support from their media employer or a newsroom that has agreed to host them as an Ocean Reporting Network Fellow and publish their work.

To apply for The Ocean Reporting Network Fellowship, click here

Deadline: May 26, 2024.

For more information on The Ocean Reporting Network Fellowship, visit the official site.

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