Meet the winners of Mongabay’s best intern articles awards

first_imgHosting over 50 interns to date, Mongabay’s Environmental Journalism Internship program has gained and nurtured many talented writers from around the world.To highlight and reward our interns’ outstanding work, we have offered another end-of-the-year article award.Mongabay will start accepting applications for the upcoming six-month summer term in April 2018. Hosting over 50 interns to date, Mongabay’s Environmental Journalism Internship program has gained and nurtured many talented writers from around the world. The program offers unique sessions to meet with editors, cover fascinating stories and talk to the leading scientists in the field, all within a flexible working environment. Over the past six years, our interns have made an invaluable contribution to the cause of environmental journalism through their hundreds of published articles.“The internship went over a long enough period that I really felt myself grow as a journalist, researcher and writer,” says Shayna Wilson, a former intern. “It taught me valuable skills that helped me find work afterwards — communication, organization and deadline management, just to name a few. I cannot reiterate enough how much I appreciated this opportunity!”“It provides a rare and unique opportunity for early career and environmental enthusiasts to personally contribute to publicizing conservation issues,” says Ariel Mark, another former intern. “I believe the internship program is a stepping stone for many young recent graduates finding their way along on the career path.”To highlight and reward our interns’ outstanding work, we have offered another end-of-the-year article award. Each intern was invited to submit what they viewed as their most impactful piece, and Mongabay staff members, who did not work on the articles, selected the best pieces from the list.Mongabay is happy to ring in the New Year by announcing the four best intern articles of the year.Top two awards for work in 2017Kayla Walsh took on the difficult story of the vanishing Irrawaddy dolphins that not long ago were known to help local fishermen with their catches in remote Myanmar. Today, the dolphin population is nearly gone, and the fishermen are struggling to survive as the modern world closes in on them. For this complex story of wildlife, people and governments, Walsh worked with a local reporter to secure interviews with the fishermen on the front line as they try to find an way out through ecotourism.Jack Elliot Marley wrote a piece on the news that Bangladesh was expanding its wildlife sanctuary in the Sundarbans, the world’s largest mangrove forest. While the story could have ended there, Marley looked deeper into how the expanded protected area would crowd out the already vulnerable communities who depend on the Sundarbans for their livelihoods. Looming over all of this is a plan by the government to build coal-fired power plants on the edge of the Sundarbans, which activists and conservationists argue will destroy the already imperiled ecosystem, rendering the protected area little more than a paper park.Runner-up awards for work prior to 2017Christina Selby wrote an easily digestible article about an incredibly complex scientific finding with global implications: how trees, even those of different species, share their carbon. Her reporting won our historical intern article prize.The other past intern honored for her work is now a Mongabay contributor. Claire Salisbury also tackled a notoriously complex science story — ocean acidification — with distinguished finesse.Thank you to all the interns who submitted entries for this award and to everyone who has been a part of Mongabay’s internship program. Mongabay will start accepting applications for the upcoming six-month summer term in April 2018. Environmental Journalism, Interns Article published by Maria Salazarcenter_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredlast_img

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