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Upcoming Events

Call for submissions: Environmental reporting contest

The Pan African Climate Justice Alliance is an Africa-wide NGO which promotes a global environment free from the threat of climate change, with sustainable development, equity and justice for all.

The organization is launching the 2014 African Climate Change and Reporting Awards, which honour journalists whose work has enhanced access to information about climate change.

African journalists from established private or public media houses, as well as freelancers, can submit their original work in either English or French. There are five submission categories: print, television, broadcast, photojournalism and online/social media. Twelve awards are available, including runner-up prizes. Two winners will be selected in the print and broadcast categories: one in French and one in English.

Each winner will receive a certificate and $1,000 US.

The deadline for submissions is May 15. Entries should be submitted to: accerawards@pacja.org, and copied to: info@pacja.org

For more information, go to: http://www.pacja.org/index.php/en/what-we-do/initiatives/media-and-environment.

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Call for applications: Maternal health reporting fellowship

The Maternal and Child Health Reporting Fellowship is a joint program of the UN Foundation and the International Center for Journalists. The program will send nine journalists on a reporting trip to South Africa and Mozambique. The fellows will be in Johannesburg during The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Conference, to be held June30 – July 1.

The reporting tour will offer fellows the opportunity to conduct site visits to villages, clinics and schools to speak with women, children and health professionals about the everyday issues they face.

Fellows will depart from their home countries on June 29 for South Africa and return on July 8 from Mozambique. The fellowship covers all costs, including airfare, visas, accommodations, ground transportation and meals.

Journalists who are fluent in English and work full-time at a media organization can apply. The deadline for applications is May 12.

For more information, go to http://www.icfj.org/our-work/maternal-and-child-health-reporting-fellowship

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World Press Freedom Day: May 3, 2014

The United Nations General Assembly has declared May 3 World Press Freedom Day. The special Day is designed to raise awareness of the importance of freedom of the press, and remind governments of their duty to respect and uphold the right to freedom of expression.

The right to freedom of the press is enshrined under Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. May 3 marks the anniversary of the Declaration of Windhoek, a statement of free press principles created by African newspaper journalists in 1991.

World Press Freedom Day 2014 focuses on three interrelated themes: the media’s importance in development; safety of journalists and the rule of law; and the sustainability and integrity of journalism.

For more information about WPF Day, go to the UNESCO website, where you will find links to resources and discussions on the themes of the Day: http://www.unesco.org/new/en/unesco/events/prizes-and-celebrations/celebrations/international-days/world-press-freedom-day/homepage/.

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Call for applications: Electronic media fellowships

The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) is the world’s largest professional organization exclusively serving the electronic news profession. RTDNA members include local and network news executives, news directors, producers, reporters and digital news professionals, as well as educators and students. Journalists with less than 10 years’ experience can apply for one of four fellowship opportunities.

RTDNA is offering fellowships for journalists looking to advance their careers. Each fellowship includes a cash award ranging from US$1,000 to US$2,500.

All four fellows will also be invited to the Excellence in Journalism conference in Nashville, Tennessee, USA, in September 2014.

Journalists outside the United States are encouraged to apply but must accompany their work samples with English translations if they were originally written in other languages.

The deadline to apply is May 2, 2014.

For more information, go to: http://www.rtdna.org/content/fellowship_info

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Online debate: Income generation and the sustainability of community radio

An online debate on how to generate income to make community radio financially sustainable will run from Monday, March 31, 2014 to April 10, 2014.

Participants are invited to discuss and exchange opinions and information on income generation. Group debates will be organized on LinkedIn.

The debate follows up on CAMECO’s research on participation in community and local radio operations. That research began with three online surveys on community participation. More information is available on the COMECO website at: http://www.cameco.org/english/publications/CAMECO-Practice-Series.

The moderator for the debates is community media expert Birgitte Jallov, supported by the CAMECO team. CAMECO will provide regular summaries and share central issues amongst language groups. A short concept paper is available at:  http://www.cameco.org/english/resources/Radio-and-Participation/

CAMECO invites those interested in participating to join the exchange and contribute to the debate, and encourages people to feel free to share this invitation with all interested persons and groups. The CAMECO team is looking forward to welcoming you to the LinkedIn group Sustainable Radio.

To register for the Sustainable Radio English language group, go to:  http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=7483966&trk=groups%2Fmost_popular-r-subgr-subgrpname&goback=%2Egmp_7483966%2Egmp_7485658

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Call for applications: Scholarship to investigative journalism conference in Canada

Global Integrity is an international NGO with offices in the US and South Africa. The organization champions transparent and accountable government by producing innovative research and technologies that inform, connect, and empower civic, private, and public reformers who seek more open societies.

Global Integrity is offering a scholarship for an African journalist (based in Africa) to attend an international investigative journalism conference Holding Power to Account from June 13-15, 2014 in Winnipeg, Canada. For more information on the conference, organized by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and the University of Winnipeg, go to: http://winnipeg2014.com/.

The scholarship covers the flight from the reporter’s home country in Africa to the conference, plus hotel and a per diem to cover meals and transportation.

If the journalist needs a visa to visit Canada, Global Integrity and the conference organizers will provide a supporting letter. However, if the visa is denied for any reason or the chosen journalist has not requested it within one week being notified of their selection, the scholarship will be offered to another reporter.

For more information, see: http://www.globalintegrity.org/posts/scholarship-to-upcoming-investigative-journalism-conference-in-canada/.

To apply, fill out the form at this address: https://www.globalintegrity.org/job/general/. Applicants must explain in no more than 4-5 paragraphs how participating in the conference could make a difference in their journalism career or enable the reporting of a story they are working on, or wish to work on.

Applications must be received by April 13, 2014 to be considered.

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Call for nominations: Women’s creativity in rural life

Women’s World Summit Foundation, or WWSF, is an international, non-profit, humanitarian NGO, working to implement women’s and children’s rights and the UN development agenda.

WWSF is seeking nominations for their Prize for Women’s Creativity in Rural Life. Awarded since 1994 by WWSF, the Prizes honour women and women’s groups around the world that exhibit exceptional creativity, courage and commitment to improving the quality of life in rural communities.

Nominees should be women and women’s groups currently active in rural life whose efforts have not yet been acknowledged by other awards.

The Prizes are $1,000 US per laureate and $3,000 US for specific African women’s organizations. WWSF will honour five to 10 creative rural women and women’s groups around the world with the awards.

The deadline for nominations is April 30. All nominations must be sent through the postal system (see link to information below). Email nominations are not accepted.

To download the nomination form, go to: http://www.woman.ch/uploads/15oct/Nomination_Guidelines_EN_2014.pdf

For more information, go to: http://www.woman.ch/index.php?page=nomination-guidelines&hl=en_US

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Call for entries: eLearning Africa Through your Lens photo competition

The fifth eLearning Africa Through your Lens photo competition focuses on the theme: Social Africa: Building bridges through ICT.

The competition is organized by eLearning Africa 2014, the largest and most comprehensive event for ICT-enhanced education and training in Africa. The event helps participants develop multinational and cross-industry contacts and partnerships, and enhance their knowledge, expertise and abilities.

Budding photographers are invited to submit snapshots depicting how Information and Communication Technologies, or ICTs, are enhancing the way individuals and communities in Africa live, learn, cooperate and connect. Photographs should show how ICTs can build bridges and foster relationships between people. Photos should be accompanied by a brief description outlining the inspiration behind the image.

Contributors from all sectors and walks of life, from across Africa and the rest of the world, are welcome to share their view of ICTs in Africa. Photos can be submitted via the eLearning Africa Through your Lens Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/eLearning-Africa/410699252298030?id=410699252298030&sk=app_244041225639079.

Participation is free. A selection of submitted photos will be featured in an exhibition at this year’s eLearning Africa conference in Kampala, Uganda, May 28-30.

All photos submitted to the competition can be viewed and voted on via the dedicated Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/pages/eLearning-Africa/410699252298030?id=410699252298030&sk=app_244041225639079), or by visiting http://elearning-africa.com/photo_competition_gallery.php. Prizes will be awarded to winners chosen by an expert panel of judges and a public vote.

Full details are available here: http://elearning-africa.com/photo_competition_home.php

Last year’s winning photographs can be viewed here: http://www.elearning-africa.com/photo_competition_home_2013.php The deadline for entries is Monday, April 14, 2014.

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Call for applications: Human rights fellowship for women journalists

The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) is accepting applications for the Elizabeth Neuffer Fellowship. The Fellowship is named after the 1998 IWMF Courage in Journalism Award winner and Boston Globe correspondent killed in Iraq in May 2003.

Women journalists who work in print, broadcast and online media, and who focus on human rights and social justice can apply for this year-long fellowship.

The selected journalist will spend an academic year in a tailored program, with access to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Center for International Studies and media outlets such as the Boston Globe and the New York Times.

Applicants must have a minimum of three years experience in journalism. Non-native English speakers must have excellent written and verbal English skills in order to fully participate and benefit from the program. Freelance journalists may apply.

A stipend will be provided, and expenses covered, including airfare, housing and health insurance.

The application deadline is April 11, 2014.

For more information, go to: http://www.iwmf.org/our-impact/training/elizabeth-neuffer-fellowship/apply/

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World Pulse Online Community: Women Weave the Web

World Pulse is a leading online network which uses the power of digital media to connect women worldwide and give them a global voice. The organization focuses on women leaders at the grassroots level, and describes its programs as nurturing community, providing media and empowerment training, and channelling voices towards influential forums.

World Pulse’s current campaign is called Women Weave the Web. The campaign has three phases. The first phase, Digital access, invites women around the world to submit stories on the importance of access to new technologies and the Internet, and the subsequent empowerment of women. The stories should address the barriers that women face connecting to and participating in the online world, and how grassroots women leaders are generating solutions to connect to the Web. The deadline for story submissions in the first phase is March 31, 2014.

The other two phases, Digital literacy and Digital empowerment, will be launched in a few months’ time. Women will be invited to submit stories on the tools they need to fully utilize the Web, and to expand on how the Internet empowers them to create real and powerful change on the ground.

World Pulse will analyze submitted stories and, in conjunction with its partners, present women’s ideas and recommendations to international bodies, policy leaders, media outlets, and technology companies.

Here are step-by-step instructions on how to submit a story on the World Pulse Online Community:

-Register for or log in to a World Pulse Online Community account: http://worldpulse.com/user/register?destination=node%2F82617

-Create a new journal entry for your submission, using these guidelines:

Title: Create a title that reflects your voice and message.

Journal entry: Write a story in your journal on the barriers to participation and the solutions you have found.

Topics: Consider adding key words or “tags” to help the World Pulse Online Community identify sub-topics you are addressing within the theme of digital empowerment (e.g.: privacy, safety, access, etc.).

Digital action campaigns: In the Digital action campaigns section, click to check the box next to WWW: Women Weave the Web. Checking this box is vital; if you forget, your post will not be submitted to the campaign!

-Click submit and find your story on The World Pulse Online Community interactive map. Get inspired by checking out other stories that have already been submitted.

To learn more about how to participate in this campaign, go to: http://worldpulse.com/campaigns/www/how-to-participate

To learn more about how your submitted story can earn you money, click here: http://worldpulse.com/about/blog/20000-to-bring-your-vision-to-life

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International Women’s Day 2014: Inspiring change

Women have made positive gains, but the world is still unequal. International Women’s Day celebrates the social, political and economic achievements of women while focusing world attention on areas requiring further action.

Each year, International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8. The first IWD was held in 1911. Thousands of events mark the economic, political and social achievements of women. Organizations, governments, charities, educational institutions, women’s groups, corporations and the media celebrate the day. Why not join in?

Some groups select their own International Women’s Day theme, specific to their local context. Why not choose your own theme? You can promote your event here: http://www.internationalwomensday.com/events.asp#.UwMIbvmSxyN

Many resources are available through the International Women’s Day website: http://www.internationalwomensday.com/resources.asp#.UwMIdPmSxyN

International Women’s Day is a time to reflect on progress made, call for further change, and celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in their countries and communities.

More information on IWD will be available on the UN Women website. The organization’s theme for IWD is “Equality for women is progress for all.” You can find their IWD page at this address: http://www.unwomen.org/en/news/in-focus/international-womens-day

We invite you to look back at the stories and resources in our recent issues on IWD: 2013- http://weekly.farmradio.org/topic/issue-237/; 2012- http://weekly.farmradio.org/topic/issue-191/, and 2011- http://weekly.farmradio.org/topic/issue-147/

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Call for applications: The 2014-2015 Knight Science Journalism Fellowships

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is accepting applications for the 2014-15 Knight Science Journalism Fellowship from self-motivated journalists who hope to improve their coverage of science, technology, medicine or the environment.

Each year, 10-12 journalists from around the world receive a fellowship. Knight Fellows devise their own study plans, attend courses at MIT and Harvard University, attend lectures and seminars, and interview faculty members.

The fellowship lasts nine months. Fellows receive a living stipend, tuition fees, health insurance and other expenses, and have access to all resources at MIT and Harvard.

Full-time journalists (including freelancers) with at least three full years of experience covering science, technology, medicine, or the environment, or those with at least five years of other journalism experience and a desire to cover these areas in the future, are encouraged to apply. There are no educational prerequisites, nor is there an age limit, but proficiency in English is required.

To apply, qualified candidates must submit an email with their application form, a professional autobiography, CV or resume, fellowship year proposal, samples of professional work, and three letters of recommendation to knight-info@mit.edu with “9-Month Fellowship” in the subject field.

The deadline for applications is March 1, 2014.

For more information, see: http://ksj.mit.edu/fellowships/9-month-fellowship.

To read the full application instructions, go to: https://fellows.knightscience.org/how-to-apply/

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What’s happening for World Radio Day 2014?

February 13 is World Radio Day. Radio is internationally recognized as a means for creating positive change. This special day gives radio practitioners and enthusiasts an opportunity to celebrate their craft and share experiences.

Here are some ways for broadcasters to celebrate World Radio Day:

Log on to Barza, FRI’s social network for African rural radio broadcasters, and submit a farmer’s testimony about the impact of radio on his or her life. Find out more at: www.barza.fm/groups/world-radio-day/

On the official World Radio Day website, broadcasters from all over the world are being invited to share a 60-second audio message which tells the world why they love radio. For more information on how to submit an audio file, click here: http://www.wrd13.com/

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) suggests 15 ways to celebrate World Radio Day. Check out the 15 ways here: http://www.unesco.org/new/en/unesco/events/prizes-and-celebrations/celebrations/international-days/world-radio-day-2014/15-ways-to-celebrate/

For this year’s World Radio Day, UNESCO is paying special attention to gender equality in the media. Have you ever wondered about the challenges faced by African women radio broadcasters, the benefits they reap from radio, and how women broadcasters got their start in radio? Listen to an audio compilation of women radio professionals from across Africa sharing stories of how radio can empower women and girls: https://soundcloud.com/empoweringlocalradios/sets/women-achievements-and-1

If you are planning a special event for World Radio Day, you can register and map it here: https://worldradioday.crowdmap.com/ – or see if there is a special event planned in your area.

Read the World Association of Community Radio Broadcaster’s (AMARC) statement about World Radio Day, learn about the Day’s history, and hear about the official World Radio Day committee celebrations: http://www2.amarc.org/?q=node/1591

Happy World Radio Day!

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Call for entries: CAADP Journalist of the Year Awards

The Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Program (CAADP) is an Africa-wide initiative to revitalize agriculture, food security and nutrition.

The CAADP Journalists Network is launching its first CAADP Journalist of the Year Awards. Awards will be presented in four categories: news articles, features and general stories; videos, documentaries and television broadcasts; radio and audio broadcasts, and; photographs.

Journalists can compete in only one of these categories under any of the following themes: (1) extending the area under sustainable land management; (2) improving rural infrastructure and trade-related capacities for market access; (3); increasing food supply and reducing hunger, and; (4) agricultural research, technology dissemination and adoption.

Journalists who are residents of African Union member states are invited to submit one entry (article, video, audio or photo). The application form is available here: https://app.box.com/s/lnczfq3p2jwjzz38vzj9

The deadline for entries is February 15, 2014.

For more information, go to: http://www.caadp.net/blog/2013-caadp-journalist-of-the-year-awards/

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Call for entries: 2014 One World Media Corruption Reporting Award

The media play a crucial role in providing citizens with information to help them stand up to corruption. An independent and free media is a public watchdog on the abuse of power, secret dealings and bribery. Reporting about corruption takes courage and determination. Only when corruption is uncovered can it be tackled.

To this end, Transparency International (http://www.transparency.org/) is sponsoring a Corruption Reporting Award as part of the 2014 One World Media Awards.

The goal of the award is to highlight and encourage the coverage of corruption around the world. The award honours journalists who bring to light the abuses of entrusted power.

The award covers broadcast, radio, TV, print and web reports accessible in English about corruption in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Oceania, Latin America, the Middle East, Russia or the post-Soviet States. The full text of Transparency International’s press release is available here: http://www.transparency.org/news/pressrelease/call_for_entries_for_the_2014_one_world_media_corruption_reporting_award_sp

For more information on eligibility and how to enter the competition, go to: http://oneworldmedia.org.uk/how-to-enter. For a full description of all the available award categories, visit: http://oneworldmedia.org.uk/award-categories

The deadline for entries is January 29, 2014.

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Commonwealth of Learning offers online course: Communication for development (C4D): Why. How. Now.

The Commonwealth of Learning is offering a five-week online course on the nuts and bolts of effective communication for development. The course introduces learners to the principles and practices of C4D, focusing on how target communities can participate in efforts to address health and development issues, foster learning, and bring about positive social change.

During the course, participants will learn to:

  • differentiate between top-down and bottom-up approaches to communication;
  • identify the benefits of a participatory, people-centred communication program for development based on C4D principles and practices;
  • self-assess organizational readiness for a C4D program;
  • create a checklist of dos and don’ts for a successful C4D program;
  • make an introductory presentation on C4D to their organization; and
  • identify the key elements of the topic/issue of interest to their organization for the second instalment of this program of study.

Participants must be able to read and write English effectively. They must also have basic computer and online skills, including the ability to navigate the Internet, use word processing and presentation software, and download and install software.

The deadline to apply for this course is January 31, 2014.

The course will be held from February 16 to March 22, 2014. The time commitment for the course is 30 hours, with three hours of practical assignments. Fees for the online course are $105 US, payable in local currencies. Scholarships to cover all costs are available to citizens of any Commonwealth country, and are currently being processed.

Send an email to njuki@kcomnet.org or amos@kcomnet.org if you have questions.

To learn more about the course, go to: http://www.col.org/progServ/programmes/livelihoods/healthyComm/CLP/Pages/Course1.aspx

Click here to fill out the application form: http://fs6.formsite.com/kmadmincolorg/form5/index.html

This course is the first in a series of six distance training and mentoring courses.

To learn more about this series, contact Ian Pringle at: ipringle@col.org

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Call for applications: Broadcast course on sexual and reproductive health

The Radio Netherlands Training Centre (RNTC) invites applications for the 2014 edition of its four-week course for broadcast journalists called “Facts and Formats: Sexual and Reproductive Health.” The course focuses on how to develop creative ideas to effectively target specific audiences on sexual health-related issues.

Applications are welcomed from TV and radio journalists with more than three years of experience in factual programming (outside news and current affairs).

You will need to submit two different applications, one for the course and one for the NFP grant. Visit the RNTC website http://www.rntc.nl/factsandformats and the NFP page at http://www.rntc.nl/nfp for more details.

The deadline for applications is March 1, 2014.

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Call for applications: Scholarship for young journalists

The Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP) Secretariat is inviting young journalists to be part of, to contribute to, and to report from its 2nd High Level Meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on February 12-13, 2014.

Up to 10 young journalists will be selected to receive scholarships to work under the guidance of the AEEP communications team at the conference. They will have the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of Africa-EU cooperation in the energy sector, and the challenges African countries continue to face in delivering energy services to their populations.

While at the conference, the young journalists will report on the conference sessions through press releases, social media channels, video clips and interviews, and the official conference website. In addition, the journalists can submit stories, interviews, and reports to their own countries and media outlets.

The scholarship includes a pre-conference training plus travel and accommodation expenses.

Applicants must be under 35 years of age, based in Africa or the EU, and have at least three years of experience working as a print or online journalist, photojournalist or video journalist. Fluency in English is required, and fluency in French is an advantage.

For more information on how to apply, go to http://www.aeep-conference.org/en/young-journalists.

Send your application package to the AEEP Secretariat at: young-journalists@aeep-conference.org

The deadline for applications is January 19, 2014.

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International Women’s Media Foundation seeks nominations for Courage in Journalism Awards and Lifetime Achievement Awards

Do you know a woman journalist who demonstrates extraordinary strength of character in pursuing her profession under difficult or dangerous circumstances, for example, government oppression, threats to personal safety or other intimidating obstacles?

Each year, the Courage in Journalism Awards honour three women journalists. Candidates for the Awards can be full-time or freelance women reporters, writers, editors, photographers or producers working in any country.

The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes a woman journalist with a pioneering spirit and whose accomplishments have paved the way for future generations of women in the media.

Self-nominations are not accepted.

Nominations will be accepted on a rolling basis.

To learn more about the awards and how to nominate a candidate, go to the International Women’s Media Foundation website: http://www.iwmf.org/our-impact/courage-in-journalism-awards/nomination/

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2014: The International Year of Family Farming

The United Nations has launched the 2014 International Year of Family Farming, or 2014 IYFF, to stress the vast potential family farmers have to eradicate hunger and preserve natural resources.

Family farming can provide food security and nutrition, improve livelihoods, manage natural resources, protect the environment, and achieve sustainable development, particularly in rural areas. Family farming is the predominant form of agriculture in Africa, but also in many other regions of the world.

The goal of the 2014 IYFF is to reposition family farming at the centre of policies in national agendas. The 2014 IYFF will help to promote discussions to increase awareness and understanding of the challenges faced by smallholders, and help identify efficient ways to support family farmers.

To find out more about the aims of the year, please visit the 2014 IYFF pages on the website of the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization. The home page, with links to events and resources in English and French, is available through this address: http://www.fao.org/family-farming-2014/home/en/.

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