Native News Online’s Jenna Kunze has been selected as one of 100 journalists from around the world to participate in the Oxford Climate Journalism Network’s program in 2024.
Kunze, a senior reporter for the Indigenous-led news outlet, is one of just six North American journalists selected from a pool of 700 applicants worldwide for the prestigious program’s fifth cohort.
The Oxford Climate Journalism Network supports a global community of reporters and editors across beats and platforms to improve the quality, understanding and impact of climate coverage around the world. It is a program of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom.
“Jenna’s selection for the Oxford Climate Journalism program is a testament to her dedication to shining a light on crucial Indigenous issues,” Native News Online Editor and Publisher Levi Rickert said. “This unique and prestigious opportunity will allow us to share more stories, Indigenous perspectives, and practical solutions that affect Native communities dealing with climate change.”
Previously, she worked as a journalist in Alaska for two years, with a focus on climate change, Indigenous people, and violence against Native women. During that time, she moved to the Alaskan Arctic to report a Pulitzer Center-funded story about the adaptability and resilience of the Iñupiat people in the face of an ever-changing climate. Her reporting, in collaboration with audio journalist Alice Qannik Glenn (Iñupiaq), earned her a global 2021 Covering Climate Now Journalism Award, presented by Columbia Journalism Review and NBC’s Al Roker.