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Call for applications: African Great Lakes Reporting Initiative

The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) is accepting applications from women journalists to participate in one of two international reporting fellowships, both tentatively scheduled to take place February 13-23, 2015.

The African Great Lakes Reporting Initiative will provide training and support for in-country women journalists, as well as opportunities for international correspondents to work in regions of East and Central Africa that receive limited media coverage abroad. The fellowships include security training to help journalists stay safe in the field.

As part of the initiative, the IWMF will lead delegations of six journalists each to Rwanda and Uganda to cover under-reported economic and rural development issues.

The first three days of the fellowship include comprehensive security training and briefings by regional experts. Fellows will then participate in one week of independent in-country reporting and group activities, and will have the opportunity to interact with key stakeholders and local journalists.

Woman journalists and freelancers with at least three years of professional experience in print, broadcast, or digital media are eligible to apply for the fellowship. Applicants must be able to demonstrate support from an editor or have a proven track record of publication in prominent media outlets.

Non-native English speakers must have excellent written and verbal English skills in order to fully participate in and benefit from the program.

The IWMF will pay for fellowship-related expenses, including travel, lodging, meals and fixers/interpreters, unless the journalist’s news organization wishes to assume these costs.

For more information, visit the IWMF website at: http://www.iwmf.org/our-impact/african-great-lakes-reporting-initiative/

The application form is available here: http://www.iwmf.org/our-impact/african-great-lakes-reporting-initiative/application/online-application/

The deadline for the first round of applications is December 20, 2014.

If you have any questions about the application process, write to: greatlakes@iwmf.org

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International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says: “I welcome the chorus of voices calling for an end to the violence that affects an estimated one in three women in her lifetime. I applaud leaders who are helping to enact and enforce laws and change mindsets. And I pay tribute to all those heroes around the world who help victims to heal and to become agents of change.”

November 25 is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. The Day is the starting point for the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, which leads up to Human Rights Day, celebrated on December 10.

Why is there a need for these international days of observance and for a campaign to end gender-based violence? Primarily because violence against women is so prevalent, and because it’s a violation of human rights. Gender-based violence is a consequence of discrimination against women, in law and in practice, and of persisting inequalities between men and women.

Violence against women also impedes progress in many areas, including the eradication of poverty and the fight against HIV and AIDS. In some countries, up to 70 per cent of women will experience gender-based violence in their lifetime.

But violence against women and girls is not inevitable. You can organize and broadcast programs on your station to raise awareness. For more information about the Day, and online resources, go to: http://www.un.org/en/events/endviolenceday/

For more information about the 16 Days of Action, go to: http://www.unwomen.org/en/news/in-focus/end-violence-against-women

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Call for stories: Red Elephant Foundation wants to hear from human rights defenders

The Red Elephant Foundation is an initiative built on the foundations of storytelling, civilian peace-building and activism for gender sensitivity.

The initiative records and highlights stories that must never be forgotten, stories that show courage and hold profound lessons that the world should always remember. Red Elephant Foundation aims to create awareness and open channels of communication in order to create tolerant, peaceful and equitable societies.

The Foundation is calling for real stories from all over the world ― stories of survival and rising above adversity in conflict; of surviving gender-based violence; of peace-making and change-making; of surviving domestic violence, and; stories of those who defend human rights.

You do not have to be a writer to submit a story. If you have a story to share, contact the Foundation at info@redelephantfoundation.org. They will arrange a time for an interview. Let them help you use your voice to broadcast the truth.

This call for stories has no deadline.

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Calls for applications: National Press Foundation fellowship

The National Press Foundation is offering 20 fellowships for journalists to attend and report on a conference focusing on tobacco’s global impact on health.

Tobacco use in all its forms increases the risk of diseases that cause millions of deaths and sicken millions more every year. Tobacco is a global industry worth $600 billion annually.

This seven-day, all-expenses-paid fellowship includes three days of educational sessions with leading experts on the tobacco industry, its regulation, the diseases related to tobacco, new products such as e-cigarettes, old products such as shisha, and the latest policy research.

The conference will take place March 15-21, 2015, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The fellowship includes registration, round-trip air or train travel, hotel accommodation and per diem expenses.

Candidates must show that they will report on the topic after the conference.

Proficiency in spoken and written English is required.

The application deadline is December 16, 2014.

For more information and the application form, go to: http://nationalpress.org/programs-and-resources/program/tobaccos-global-impact/

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Call for entries: New media contest

The Media School at Bournemouth University, U.K., is accepting entries from students, bloggers, artists and writers for its New Media Writing Prize, or NMWP. The international competition is open to anyone, anywhere.

NMWP is looking for innovative and interactive storytelling (fiction or non-fiction) written specifically for delivery and reading/viewing on a PC or Mac, the Web or hand-held devices such as iPads and mobile phones.

The entry can be a short story, novel, documentary or poem and can use words, images, film or animation with audience interaction.

The overall winner will receive £1,000 (approximately $1,600 U.S.). The student winner will receive a three-month work placement at Unicorn Training, a leading e-learning company in Dorset, U.K. There will also be a People’s Choice winner.

The general deadline is November 28, 2014, but students can submit entries as late as December 12, 2014. To read the competition rules, go to: http://newmediawritingprize.co.uk/Terms_and_Conditions.pdf

For more information, go to: http://www.newmediawritingprize.co.uk/

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Call for applications: Environmental journalism grants

The Society of Environmental Journalists (SEJ) is accepting applications for grants to support environmental reporting and entrepreneurial ventures around the world. The grants provide incentives and support to journalists reporting on environmental issues and struggling financially to complete a project.

The $3,500 U.S. grants cover expenses such as project-related travel, training, research materials, environmental testing and other direct expenses related to completion of a project.

Both SEJ members and non-members can apply for the grants, as long as their work is within the field of journalism. Non-members must pay a $40 U.S. application fee, which can be offset against a year’s membership fees.

The deadline to apply is November 15, 2014.

For more information, go to: http://www.sej.org/initiatives/fund%20for%20environmental%20journalism/overview

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Call for nominations: Freedom of Expression Awards

Journalists, digital activists and other free speech advocates can be nominated for the Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression Awards. These awards honour individuals who speak out in dangerous and difficult conditions.

Index invites the public, NGOs, and media organizations to nominate individuals in four categories: campaigner, digital activist, journalist and artist.

Winners will be flown to London, England to attend the award ceremony in March 2015. In addition, they will be invited to join a fellowship training program which will help them maximize the scope and impact of their work for free expression.

The deadline for nominations is November 20, 2014. To nominate someone in any of the categories, go to: http://www.indexoncensorship.org/freedom-expression-awards-2015-nominations/

For more information, go to: http://www.indexoncensorship.org/awards2015

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International Day of Rural Women: October 15, 2014

The first International Day of Rural Women was observed on October 15, 2008. This Day, established by the General Assembly of the United Nations in 2007, recognizes: “the critical role and contribution of rural women, including indigenous women, in enhancing agricultural and rural development, improving food security and eradicating rural poverty.”

Rural women play a crucial role in the economy. In most parts of the developing world, they grow crops and raise livestock, provide food, water and fuel for their families, and engage in off-farm activities to diversify their families’ livelihoods. They also care for children, older persons and the sick.

For resources to help you mark the Day on the radio, go to the UN webpage: http://www.un.org/en/events/ruralwomenday/

To mark the occasion, the Women’s World Summit Foundation has organized an annual worldwide empowerment and educational campaign since 1997. Celebrations and events take place in more than 100 countries around the world. Find out more at their website: http://www.woman.ch/index.php?page=women_15Oct&hl=en_US

There is also a Facebook page dedicated to the event: https://www.facebook.com/pages/International-Day-of-Rural-Women-October-15/201077766627602

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Call for applications: Reporting course on governance and corruption

TrustMedia is offering a reporting course on governance and corruption. Among other subjects, participants will learn how to decipher financial documents and use investigative techniques to expose corruption.

Applicants must be working journalists or regular contributors to print, broadcast or online media organizations. They must have at least two years of professional experience and a good level of spoken and written English.

Bursaries are available for journalists from the developing world or countries in political transition who work for organizations with no resources for training. Bursaries cover air travel, accommodation and a modest living allowance.

The course runs from December 15-19, 2014, in London, England.

The application deadline is October 3, 2014.

For more information, go to: http://www.trust.org/course/?id=a05D000000PG2ApIAL

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Call for applications: Dart Center Ochberg Fellowships for 2014-15

Reporting responsibly and credibly on violence or traumatic events ─ such as street crime and family violence, natural disasters and accidents, war and genocide ─ is a great challenge.

Since 1999, the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, a project of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, has offered the annual Ochberg Fellowships to outstanding journalists interested in exploring these critical issues.

The Ochberg Fellowship is a seminar program for senior and mid-career journalists who wish to deepen their knowledge of emotional trauma and psychological injury, and improve reporting on violence, conflict and tragedy. Successful applicants will attend an intensive week-long program of seminars and discussions to be held January 17-22, 2015 at Columbia University in New York City.

Program activities include: briefings by prominent interdisciplinary experts in the trauma and mental health fields; conversations with journalist colleagues on issues of ethics, craft and other aspects of professional practice; and a host of other opportunities for intellectual engagement and peer learning.

Twelve fellowships are available for print, broadcast and online reporters, photographers, editors and producers with at least five years of full-time journalism experience. All fellowship seminars will be conducted in English. Fellows must be fluent in spoken English to participate in the program.

The fellowship covers travel to and accommodation in New York City, as well as most meals and other expenses directly related to program participation. The program does not cover costs related to travel visas, health insurance or ground transportation in fellows’ home cities.

Further information is available here: http://dartcenter.org/content/2014-ochberg-fellowship-guidelines#.VBaFk_mSxqX

Applications must include a CV, samples of work, and recommendation letters from past or current employers. The deadline for applications is October 1, 2014, using the online application form: http://dartcenter.org/2014-ochberg-fellowship-application

Selected fellows will be notified by email in early November.

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Call for applications: Facts & formats: Sexual and reproductive health

A course entitled Facts & formats: Sexual and reproductive health will be held at RNTC in the Netherlands in early 2015. Mid-career broadcast journalists and program-makers with at least three years’ experience in factual and informative programming other than news and current affairs are invited to apply.

Facts & Formats is a four-week course (March 30-April 24, 2015) designed to help participants develop and pitch new creative ideas and target specific audiences in an attractive and effective way.

The course will cover subjects such as: how to use a variety of formats to increase the attractiveness and the effectiveness of factual radio and TV programs; creative ways to package and present information on radio, TV, and online through social media; and how to design and produce factual pilot programs on sexual and reproductive health.

English is the working language of RNTC courses. If English is not your first language, you will need a certified statement from a recognized authority establishing your proficiency in spoken and written English.

NFP fellowships are available for this course, and contribute towards the cost of living and tuition fees, visas, travel, insurance and thesis research. For information on how to apply for an NFP fellowship, go to: http://www.studyinholland.nl/scholarships/scholarships-administered-by-nuffic/netherlands-fellowship-programmes/netherlands-fellowship-programmes-nfp

The deadline to apply for the course is February 15, 2015. The deadline to apply for the NFP fellowship is October 26, 2014. For more information about the course, go to: http://www.rntc.nl/factsandformats

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Call for submissions: 2014 United Nations Correspondents Association Awards

The United Nations Correspondents Association (UNCA) Awards honour the best journalistic coverage of the U.N. and its agencies and field operations. The UNCA is now accepting written and electronic submissions for the awards. Journalists anywhere in the world are eligible to enter.

The contest has four categories: print and online, broadcast, climate change and humanitarian/development.

The total prize amount is over $50,000 U.S., which will be distributed among the winners.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will present the prizes in December at the awards ceremony in New York, U.S.A.

Entries can be submitted in any of the official U.N. languages (English, French, Arabic, Chinese, Spanish and Russian). Entries in other languages should be accompanied by a translation in English or French.

The contest deadline is September 15, 2014.

For more information, go to: http://unca.com/2014-unca-awards-call-for-submissions/

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Call for entries: Haller Prize for Development Journalism

The philosophy of Dr. Rene Haller and the Haller Foundation is to promote and share knowledge. That same motivation led to the establishment of the inaugural Haller Prize for Development Journalism.

There are many crucial development issues that merit closer scrutiny or wider exposure, but tend to be under-represented in the media. The Haller Prize aims to highlight some of these issues by exposing the failings of the media and encouraging best practices. The Prize was conceived as a force for positive change in sub-Saharan Africa.

Nationals of sub-Saharan African countries who reside in the region are invited to submit an unpublished article of up to 1,000 words in length which focuses on any aspect of development in sub-Saharan Africa. The article must be submitted in English.

Possible topics include: the success or failure of a charity- or donor-funded program; a specific issue (e.g., the impact of oil or gas exploration); the role of civil society and grassroots organizations; the positive or negative effects of upscaling in agriculture, and; technologies which improve people’s access to banking, agriculture or health services.

The deadline for entries is midnight, Greenwich Mean Time, on Friday, September 19, 2014. If you would like more information about the Haller Prize, email:  prize@haller.org.uk

The article must be submitted via an online form found at this address: http://haller.org.uk/haller-prize/about-the-prize/

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Call for entries: The African Fact-Checking Awards

Are you a reporter or presenter working for an Africa-based media house? Have you published or broadcast a report that exposed a misleading claim from a public figure or institution?

The African Fact-Checking Awards are sponsored jointly by Africa Check and the AFP Foundation. They were established to honour the work of African journalists who expose misleading claims made by leading public figures and powerful institutions around the continent.

To apply for the awards, individual journalists or teams of journalists must submit an original piece of journalism that investigates a claim made by a public figure or institution in Africa. Your piece must have been published or broadcast (print, online or on radio or television) for the first time by a media house based in Africa between September 1, 2013 and August 31, 2014.

The piece must expose the claim as wrong or misleading, based on the best available evidence. Entries may have been first published or broadcast in any language, but a transcript in either French or English must be presented alongside the original.

The winner will receive a prize of 2,000 euros, and the two runners-up will each receive 1,000 euros. The winners will be announced in November, 2014.

For more information, and for the entry form, go to: http://africacheck.org/how-to-fact-check/the-african-fact-checking-awards/

The deadline for applications is August 31, 2014.

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Call for applications: Thomson Foundation Young Journalist from the Developing World

Journalists are invited to enter a competition that recognizes young journalists working in the developing world.

Journalists must be aged 30 or under on November 25, 2014, working in countries defined as “developing,” and submit a portfolio of work.

The portfolio must contain three pieces of work which were published or broadcast on or after August 29, 2013. The work can be in any format – print, audio, video, multimedia or a combination of all four.

Entries can be submitted in any language but should be accompanied by a verbatim English language translation.

Entrants must submit written statements of up to 200 words per story. The statements should summarize the story’s content and any impact it had on public debate in the country of publication.

Potential award winners and leading figures from the world of journalism will be invited to attend the gala award night in London, U.K. on November 25, 2014.

The deadline for entries is 23:59 Greenwich Mean Time on August 29, 2014.

For the purpose of this competition, the “developing world” is defined as those countries with a per capita GDP of $20,000 U.S. or under, according to the 2013 World Bank Index.

For more information and to access the entry form, go to: http://www.thomsonfoundation.org/fpa-young-journalist-award

The completed form should be emailed along with other required documents to the following address: awardfpa@thomsonfoundation.org

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Call for applications: Grants for investigative journalism

Investigative journalists are invited to apply for reporting grants sponsored by the Fund for Investigative Journalism. The grants are intended to support investigative projects around the world.

Recent grants include investigations into widespread fraud in the Nigerian federal government program intended to fight poverty and meet the Millennium Development Goals; the conflict between preserving nature and economic growth in an environmentally risky gold mining operation in Sierra Leone; and the plight of young children forced to work in Malawi’s tobacco harvest.

The average award is $5,000 US, which should cover out-of-pocket expenses such as travel costs. The Fund does not cover salaries or equipment. The first half of the grant will be given once an application is approved and the second half on completion of the project.

All proposals must be submitted in English and include a detailed budget.

The deadline to apply is September 8, 2014.

For more information and a grant application form, go to: http://fij.org/grant-application/

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Call for applications: Open Society Fellowships

The Open Society Fellowship financially supports innovative and unconventional approaches to the fundamental challenges of open societies. The fellowship aims to promote work that enriches public understanding of these challenges and stimulates far-reaching and probing conversations within Open Society Foundations and in the larger world.

The Open Society Fellowship is accepting proposals for fellowships from anywhere in the world. Applicants should possess a deep understanding of their chosen subject and a track record of professional accomplishment.

A fellowship project might identify a problem that has not been previously recognized, develop new policy ideas to address familiar problems, or offer a new advocacy strategy.

Project themes should cut across at least two areas of interest to Open Society Foundations, including human rights, government transparency, access to information and justice, and the promotion of civil society and social inclusion.

Successful projects should push the boundaries of current thinking and carry lessons that can be applied to a variety of settings. Fellows may produce a variety of work products, including publications such as books, reports, or blogs; innovative public education projects; or the launch of new campaigns or organizations.

Individual journalists, activists, academics, and practitioners in a variety of fields are encouraged to apply. Proficiency in spoken English is required.

Interested applicants should first download and review the fellowship guidelines at this address: http://www.opensocietyfoundations.org/grants/open-society-fellowship

To apply, go to: https://fellowships.submittable.com/submit

The deadline for applications is August 4, 2014.

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Call for applications: Earth Journalism Scholars

The Earth Journalism Scholars program is inviting non-US journalists, particularly those from developing countries, to apply for a scholarship to attend the University of California-Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism for the spring 2015 semester.

The visiting scholarship is intended for mid-career journalists with at least five years’ experience, who have shown dedication and skill while covering environmental issues. The scholars will be selected in September 2014 and begin their scholarships in mid-January 2015.

The program will cover the costs of travel, lodging and tuition. Scholars will receive a modest stipend to cover basic living expenses.

All applicants must have completed a bachelor’s degree or equivalent, must commit to attend for the full length of the scholarship program (January to May 2015), and commit to taking university classes related to journalism or the environment.

In addition to completing the application form, applicants must submit two samples of their reporting and at least one letter of reference.

Applicants must be fluent in spoken and written English.

To apply, and for more information, go to this address and follow the instructions at the bottom of the page: http://earthjournalism.net/opportunities/2015-uc-berkeley-earth-journalism-visiting-scholar-call-for-applications

Applications are due July 27 by midnight Pacific Daylight Time.

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Open for entries: UN contest for digital professionals

The World Summit Youth Award (WSYA) is a global contest that brings together young digital entrepreneurs and developers. It aims to put the UN Millennium Development Goals into action and make a difference.

Designers, producers, application developers, journalists and writers interested in digital media and development are encouraged to submit their work. The competition is open to anyone younger than 30 (born after January 1, 1984) who wants to present a project in one of WSYA’s six categories.

The categories are: extreme poverty, hunger and disease; access to education; women’s empowerment; culture; environmental protection and sustainability; and, quality and multimedia journalism.

The project can be in any language, but the application form must be completed in English.

Eighteen winners will become part of the global WSYA network and will be invited to the WSYA Winners’ Event from November 28 to December 1, 2014, in São Paulo, Brazil.

The winners will have the opportunity to present their project on an international stage, make important contacts, and build a strong network with representatives of the private sector, government, media and civil society.

For more details on the rules and regulations of WSYA, go to: http://youthaward.org/content/contest_rules

Applications must be received by July 15, 2014.

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Call for applications: The journalist to journalist lung health media training fellowship

The National Press Foundation is offering all-expenses-paid fellowships for journalists to cover the 45th Union World Conference on Tuberculosis and Lung Health in Barcelona, Spain from October 27-November 1, 2014.

Journalists with at least three years of experience, including covering health issues, and who are interested in learning more about covering lung health, can apply for the fellowship.

Pre-conference training sessions run from October 27-29, and journalist fellows will continue to participate until the end of the conference on November 1.

The training and conference covers lung health and related issues, including tuberculosis, TB/HIV, asthma, COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), diabetes, tobacco control and the impact of air pollution. Journalists will learn about these diseases, the extent and impact of the problems they present, and the new research, solutions and innovations that are in the pipeline. The sessions also include practical training on turning scientific information into effective web, print and broadcast stories.

The fellowships cover conference registration, travel expenses, hotel accommodation and per diems.

Special attention will be given to applications from journalists in low- and middle-income countries. All sessions will be conducted in English, so proficiency in spoken and written English is essential.

The deadline for applications is July 18, 2014.

For more information, go to: http://nationalpress.org/programs-and-resources/program/lung-health-media-training-barcelona-spain-2014/

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