Good news: Celebrating success stories in managing lives, livelihoods and the environment
This fellowship is supported by Jamsetji Tata Trust
Environmental reportage has evolved from being disaster reportage to much more; but truly heart-warming stories – good news, literally – are still a rarity. Bring us tales of people, places, programmes and policies that have helped make a difference.
Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) had invited applications from journalists in India to research and highlight positive stories, efforts and initiatives taken for the public good.
Of total 29 complete applications, 12 fellows have been shortlisted by our jury members.
The fellows selected for the fellowships are
Aritra Bhattacharjee, independent journalist,
With special emphasis on Dhule, and the projects in the districts.
a) Who are the sponsors of these projects, and who gets the power that is generated from RE projects?
b) probe allegation of land grabbing in Dule
c) What are the larger policy directions in the state as far as RE is concerned whom does such policy benefit
d) Are there instances of community-owned and operated RE projects? Does the policy allow for such initiatives?
b) and conflict between the wind farms and forest areas
Bharat Dogra, independent journalist,
Location: Bundelkhand, Uttar Pradesh
The stories will cover rural community initiatives mainly in Chitrakut and Banda districts
a) steps taken to help the poorest sections including land reforms for tribals and dalits.
b) taking forward these initiatives to contribute to water harvesting, small-scale irrigation , repair of traditional water sources and increased greenary
MK Pramila, reporter,
Location: South India
1. How solar loans empowered the villagers in Karnataka. Several school children who dropped out of schools are now back to their classes as they have got solar lights which have to be charged in their schools.
2. The tough fight between the government and private windmills agencies result in poor utilisation of wind energy in Tamil Nadu. The story would give a detailed picture on the potential in the state and solutions to tap the energy.
3. How far the solar city project proposed by the union new and renewable energy ministry would be effective for the public. Need to learn from experts and write stories.
4. Off shore energy models implemented in various small neighbourhoods in Tamil Nadu
5. Visit the waste-to-energy models in Karnataka and report about successful projects and drawbacks.
Jury Suggestion: Concentrate only on Tamil Nadu, especially the wind energy sector
Nitin Yadav, chief sub editor,
a) Livelihood creation through organic farming – Meerut
b) Upliftment activities – case study in Allahabad
c) Youth leadership in HIV/AIDS awareness – case study Madarna, Bihar
d) Individual case studies of children welfare
e) Special prog to improve child mortality – Mandla district
Rajanish Joshi, sub-editor,
b) Sinnar (Nashik): A youth organisation revitalises traditional water network
c) Ashti (Solapur): Women of the village initiate group farming under the Vaibhavlaxmi Mahila Bachat Gat
d) Latur: Aple Ghar rehabilitates earthquake victims
e) The water bank of Ankoli (Solapur)
Mohan Maruti Maskar Patil, sub editor,
a) Appropriate Rural Techonology Institute (ARTI) created Sarai Cooker from the sugarcane left over by making coal from it in year 2002.
b) Report about Dahanu, Javhar and Shahapur, which are tribal talukas in
c) A Biogas in being run at Shirala and Walwa taluka in Sangli district, known as Shivurja Project. This is a first project in a country in which the farmers have
b) They would also like you to do case studies on various successful models on power generation.
c) The biogas studies was also highly recommended, and they would like you to report on the status of carbon credits, if they have been received etc.
Arup Shandilya, staff reporter,
a) Conservation stories from forest reserves
b) Manas National Park: Once almost devastated by militancy, the park is seeing a comeback through the efforts of local villagers and ex-poachers and ex-militants.
c) Kuklung Reserve Forest: Local Bodo youth have set up an organisation to save the forest. Chakrasila wildlife sanctuary: Kokrajhar tribals are protecting this forest.
d) Kakoijana wildlife sanctuary
Reji Joseph, Staff reporter,
1. Analyse the improvement of life status among the tribals who are cultivating the rare varieties of rice.
2. Studies regarding the hereditary farming methods of tribals and preservation of seeds.
3. Expose the dedication and interest of the forest dwellers in the preservation of endangered species of rice.
4. Project the active participation of illiterate tribal women in rice farming
5. Study the general health condition of the agrarian tribal communities
Jury Suggestions: Do an additional story on NTFPs and whether any initiatives for their marketing has been taken, especially to benefit tribals.
Savad Rahman, senior sub-editor,
Focus: Solar energy, ground water resources, organic farming, and garbage management
1. Tilonia model utilization of solar energy and ground water
Jury suggestions: Should also do a story on solid waste management – a lot of good work is happening there on it.
Suman Bhattacharya, independent reporter,
a) Solar plant at inaccessible tribal hamlets - inevitable or wastage?
c) Biomass gasifier power points to waste of money
d) Future of hydroelectric plants in hilly areas of Tripura