The Weather Eye Award at New America is an opportunity for local reporters to write for a national audience about disaster resilience in their community. Our goal is to promote writers who already have the experience and desire to write about local resilience to severe weather, but who would benefit from having a broader platform and financial support to continue this important work.
After a difficult severe weather season in the US, the time is ripe for the country to reflect on our present preparedness for natural disasters and to look forward at what we can do better. We believe the best way to do so is to promote local voices that report on their region’s specific circumstances and vulnerabilities to natural disasters, as well as investments in infrastructure, preparedness, social networks, and other resilience measures.
The selected reporters will be responsible for writing four articles over the course of a 12 month period that we will publish on the New America website (or other platforms, if possible, including with our national media partners). The article topics can encompass many issue areas that are not inherently weather-related but play an important role in resilience, including local political, economic, and social issues facing the area and how they interact with resilience to the weather. In fact, we welcome complex, multi-sectoral analysis.
We will award the selected reporters a $10,000 financial stipend, received in two installments, which will supplement the incomes they already receive from their current jobs. As such, the expectation is that the awardees should continue their existing professional commitments during the 12 month award period. Further, our hope is that the research and writing for the award will also contribute to the current work of the reporter at their respective media organization, and vice versa.
We are currently looking for local reporters who live and work in the following nine states the Weather Eye project has focused on: Massachusetts, Maine, Oklahoma, Texas, Missouri, North Dakota, Kansas, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, and Florida.