The Stanley Foundation
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The Stanley Foundation’s media programming promotes quality, in-depth, and timely reporting on topics related to the foundation’s three program areas:  climate change, nuclear weapons policy, and mass violence and atrocities. Media programs are often produced in collaboration with trusted media organizations, with strict adherence to principles of editorial independence. In addition, the foundation is exploring the role and impact of new media and technology (social platforms, content distributors, new media formats, and information systems) within the larger media ecosystem. As a private nonpartisan operating foundation, the Stanley Foundation does not receive or give grants. 

Media programming includes:

  • Media workshops, trainings, and forums
  • Engaging journalists and other media actors at policy convenings 
  • Facilitating topical, regional/global, and investigative reporting fellowships

Current Work

The foundation collaborates with a variety of media partners and other organizations to strengthen understanding of the issues we are focused on and to provide useful tools, expertise, and resources to support rigorous reporting. Partners have included Thomson Reuters Foundation, the Center for Public Integrity, the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting, Atomic ReportersGroundTruth Project, Earth Journalism Network, the World Conference of Science Journalists, and others.

The foundation also looks for opportunities to include journalists and other media actors in policy discussions and other global events/conferences related to our three issue areas, often in partnership with the foundation’s policy team.

Climate Tracker | Climate Journalists | Youth Empowerment
The Stanley Foundation is partnering with Climate Tracker and the United Nations Secretary-General’s Climate Action Summit Team to organize a fellowship of eight young journalists to attend and report from the Global Climate Strike, UN Youth Climate Summit, UN Climate Action Summit, and other related events taking place during Climate Week NYC. Early-career climate journalists from around the world will travel to New York to report on climate action and the efforts of young people who are pressing for more ambition from world leaders and others to combat the climate crisis. Learn More.

Planetary Security Conference 
Together with Amsterdam-based Free Press Unlimited, the Stanley Foundation organized a four-day media fellowship for fifteen journalists to attend the fourth annual Planetary Security Conference in The Hague, Netherlands, February 18–21, 2019. The conference explored how effective climate policy can be preventative to conflict and how peace can be secured in regions affected by global warming. Journalists from Mali, Iraq, the Lake Chad Basin, and the Caribbean—the spotlight regions at the conference—participated in workshops with seasoned journalism trainers. Activities were programmed to facilitate reporting opportunities and quality interaction with conference attendees. The journalism resulting from those opportunities and interactions may be found here.

Past work of the foundation at the intersection of climate, security, and the media includes film screenings and discussions of the ABC News Nightline documentary “A Climate for Conflict” and a policy analysis brief "Putting Environmental Stress Back on the Mass Atrocities Agenda."

This is Not a Drill Journalism Workshop
From January 8-12, 2019, the Stanley Foundation and Atomic Reporters hosted the four-day "This Is Not a Drill" Journalism Workshop in Hawaii, just ahead of the one-year anniversary of the false ballistic missile alert that occurred there in January 2018. Workshop participants revisited that incident and explored new dimensions of nuclear risk in the digital age. Learn More

"Independent Journalism as a Pillar of Peace"
Learn more about the foundation’s strategy and priorities in supporting independent media in this interview with Program Officer Devon Terrill, conducted by Central European University’s Center for Media, Data and Society. 

Climate Vulnerable Forum Summit
Marshall Islands President Hilda Heine has announced the first ever carbon-free, online summit of world leaders on November 22, 2018. In this video, which the Stanley Foundation produced in collaboration with Principle Pictures, President Heine explains the intent and goals of the Climate Vulnerable Forum Summit—cooperative action for a sustainable climate future where all can survive and thrive.

Climate Change Media Partnership Fellowships
Twenty journalists have been awarded fellowships to cover key climate change meetings in San Francisco, California, and Katowice, Poland. The journalists, from 18 developing countries, will "learn how cities, countries, communities, companies, and individuals are working to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement – or are perhaps lagging in their commitments." Learn more. 

Devon Terrill
Kelly Smits

10/16/19   60th Strategy for Peace Conference
09/19/19   Youth Climate Journalism Fellowship to UN Climate Action Summit
06/12/19   Reporting the Energy Transition in Southeast Asia


Climate Change Media Partnership—Reporting Fellowship to COP24
Invitation Only
December 8–December 15, 2018

As part of this year’s Climate Change Media Partnership (CCMP), the Stanley Foundation is collaborating with Internews’ Earth Journalism Network to organize a reporting fellowship that brings a group of twenty developing-country journalists to cover two major global climate summits. Selected from an open call for applications, participating journalists attended the Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS) in San Francisco, California, from September 10–15, and are currently at the 24th Conference of the Parties (COP24) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Katowice, Poland, from December 8–15.  During the summits, fellows will receive training and guidance from seasoned climate journalists and will participate in briefings and other programmed activities to foster and strengthen reporting.   

The CCMP has brought journalists from developing countries to UN climate summits since 2007. This is the second time that the Stanley Foundation and the CCMP have partnered to offer this program, and the first time the program will bring fellows to two climate summits in the same year.  More details on the fellowship and a list of participating journalists can be found in the announcement here.

Uncovering Security Story Lab
The Stanley Foundation co-hosts a three-day residential story lab just outside of London with Thomson Reuters Foundation and Gerda Henkel Stiftung. The lab brings together a diverse group of ten international journalists and ten researchers who are working on similar security-related topics for an intensive program that includes collaborative workshop sessions, training, discussion, and story development. After the conclusion of the lab, participants have the opportunity to pitch collaborative story ideas and apply for small grants from Thomson Reuters Foundation and Gerda Henkel Stiftung to cover the cost of reporting or research for publication. The lab is designed to strengthen reporting on under-covered security threats in specific communities, countries, or regions around the world.

Resulting Stories: 

Twenty Years After Peace Accord, Indigenous Bangladeshis Still Attacked Over Land

Killing Fields: How Herdsmen Attacks on Farmers Threaten Nigeria’s Food Security (Reporter honored as First Runner Up, NB Golden Pen Reporter of the Year, Nigeria)

Sajek Needs More Than Just Tourism

Why Uganda Is An Unexpected Haven for Refugees

“My Apartment Building Is Full of Women Worrying About What Is Next”

The Boy Who Walked Again


Nuclear Policy Takes a Deep Dive Into Blockchain
Technology Could Ease Information Sharing Among Distrustful Parties
By Morgen Peck for Courier 94
December 2018

Keeping Peace in the Central African Republic
There Are More Boy Scouts Than UN Peacekeepers in the CAR. Even in the Midst of a Civil War, the Scouts Are Arguably More Effective.
Simon Allison in Bangui with photos by Will Baxter for Courier 94
December 2018

A Climate of Urgency
Cape Town, South Africa, Aims for Net-Zero Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 2050
By Munyaradzi Makoni for Courier 93
August 2018

On the Digital Frontlines
The Future of Weapons Requires Cyber Vigilance
By Kim Zetter for Courier 92
March 2018

Stripping Secrecy From Nuclear Arms Development
The Rise of Commercial Satellite Imagery is Empowering Public Monitoring of Nuclear Proliferation
By Jeremy Hsu for Courier 91
October 2017

Life Beyond Coal
The Ruhr Region of Germany Was Once a Mining Stronghold; Now Residents Are Seeking New Livelihoods
By Emma Bryce for Courier 90
August 2017