Apply: student reporter, World Resources Forum 2013, Davos

Article published on March 20, 2013
Article published on March 20, 2013
A conference that Student Reporter has covered since its inception, the World Resources Forum (WRF) in Davos is held bi-annually to exchange knowledge about the economic, political and environmental implications of global resource use.

This year, WRF2013 convenes under the theme “Shaping the Future of Natural Resources” and will address topics of resource efficiency, sustainable cities, urban mining, and lifestyles. It will be held 6-9 October, 2013 in Davos, Switzerland.

Student Reporter is seeking students to form an international team of 10 student reporters, led by a project manager and an editor. Producing both written and multimedia work, you will participate in our training program in online journalism & conference blogging, and report on-site in Davos 4-11 October, 2013. After the program, successful candidates are then invited to join our permanent team as Staff Writers, with access to our network of partners and syndication outlets.

Five spots are reserved for students enrolled in a Switzerland-based University program. The Student Report team at the World Resources Forum 2013 is supported by Mercator Foundation Switzerland.

Project Dates: Online training schedule via webinars and peer-editing to start May; on-site training and conference reporting 4-11 October (arrival evening 4 October, departure 11 October), 2013; post-conference wrap up (finishing of writing articles in pipeline), usually 2-4 weeks after the conference.

Compensation: Coverage of food and accommodation at conference site, and conference participation fee; travel fees up to 200 CHF (100 CHF for students based in Switzerland).


Enrolled in a higher education program (i.e. Bachelors-level or above, preferably at the Masters or Doctoral level; professional degree programs welcome)

Strong academic background in environmental sciences, resource economics, or business/policy/economics (with ideally a concentration in environmental issues)

Proven interest in and critical understanding of environmental sustainability

Experience in online journalism

Excellent written and verbal English skills

We are accepting applications until 30 April 2013. To apply, please send to, the following items:

A resume or CV;

Motivation letter describing how your background, experiences and passion would make you a match for our program;

A writing sample on a topic relevant to WRF2013 (max 850 words); *To make a strong application, we advise that you write a piece specifically for this project;

A brief strategy of how you would like to approach and cover the conference topics (max 400 words)