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Journalist Resource July 29, 2022

In Focus: Cambodia and the Mekong Region



This RJF in Focus is also available in Khmer.


The Pulitzer Center through the Southeast Asia Rainforest Journalism Fund (RJF) is calling grant applications from journalists that report in Cambodia. Journalists (freelancers or staff), editors, and media organizations are invited to submit proposals on issues concerning rainforests in Cambodia.

Consider the goals and impact of your reports. How can your reports spark conversation and raise awareness (among policy makers, Indigenous peoples and local communities who live near and depend on the forest, scientists and researchers) about issues such as forest management and governance, deforestation, forest degradation, and biodiversity conservation in Cambodia?

The proposal should highlight local voices and have a strong distribution plan in influential local and/or regional news media (can be print, online and/or broadcast, or a combination). The plan must include commitment letters from interested editors and publishers working in the news media outlets you propose.

Applications can be submitted in English. Reporting can be done in English or Khmer. The review committee will select successful projects meeting the proposal criteria, with priority given to collaborations that can reach a broad domestic and/or international audience. 


  • Highlight a strong topic on systemic and critical issues on Cambodian rainforest;
  • Preferably, involve collaboration. This could include local and/or Indigenous journalists, or domestic-international media partnerships; 
  • Have a strong and strategic distribution plan; 
  • Demonstrate attention to editing, reporting, and safety standards (for example, a careful travel plan and preventive health measures for journalists and communities);
  • Utilize innovative reporting techniques, such as data journalism and multimedia storytelling (photos, videos, infographics, etc.), to build strong stories with minimal pandemic and safety risk to sources.


Between US$ 2,000 to 7,000 award amount for these grants, but depending on project specifics, it may be higher. Budgets can include:

  • Compensation for local journalists;
  • Cost of travel and lodging;
  • Data analysis and visualizations.

For approved projects, half of the grant amount is generally paid just before the reporting, and the remainder is delivered upon submission of the principal material for publication or broadcast.


Application Timeline: Within a week of your submission, you should receive a confirmation receipt. Application submissions are open all year long and will be considered on a rolling basis. 

Questions? Contact: Harry Surjadi at [email protected]

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Grant application submission step by step:

The Rainforest Journalism Fund application is open all year long, with the exception of a special call that has a deadline. This means applicants can submit their applications anytime. 

Below is a step-by-step guide on how to apply and submit an application for RJF grant:

Step 1: Sign Up to create a submittable account. 

Complete the information required to get an account. You should use an email address that you use on a regular basis and create your own password for this account.

Step 2: Confirm your submittable account in your email. 

Go to your email account used to open the Submittable account to confirm your Submittable registration. Follow the instructions in the email.

Step 3: Sign in and start filling your application form
After you sign-in into the system, you are now ready to fill out the Pulitzer Center Rainforest Journalism Fund Southeast Asia form: https://pulitzercenter.submittable.com/submit/149094/rjf-southeast-asia-grant-application-local-and-regional-reporting-pendaftaran?previousLoginDate=2022-07-28T13%3a28%3a08.1430000Z

Fill out all the information and press: 

Step 4: Fill out all the required information on the application
In this page, fill out your project title, description, budget, etc. You will also need to list samples of your work and references. You must complete information for the question with a star/asterisk sign, and pay attention to the word limit. It is best if you prepare your information ahead of time.
Please note that you may come back to continue work on your application later before you submit.

Step 5: When all of your information is complete, check the box and Apply. 

Before you submit your application, review and check your responses and details.

You may reach the RJF team if you have further questions. Good luck!

You may also watch the step-by-step video below

How to apply for the Rainforest Journalism Fund grant at The Pulitzer Center, 2022.