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Call for applications: Data journalism course offered online

The European Journalism Centre invites journalists to register for its online data journalism course, entitled “Doing Journalism with Data: First Steps, Skills and Tools.”

The five-module introductory course covers the following topics: data journalism in the newsroom, finding data to support stories, finding story ideas through data analysis, dealing with “messy data,” and telling stories with visualization.

Journalists who wish to learn how to tell stories with data can register for this free course, which includes video lectures, tutorials, assignments, readings and discussion forums. It is open to anyone in the world with an internet connection.

The course will begin in early 2014.

For more information, go to http://datadrivenjournalism.net/course/.

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Call for applications: Data journalism course offered online

The European Journalism Centre invites journalists to register for its online data journalism course, entitled “Doing Journalism with Data: First Steps, Skills and Tools.”

The five-module introductory course covers the following topics: data journalism in the newsroom, finding data to support stories, finding story ideas through data analysis, dealing with “messy data,” and telling stories with visualization.

Journalists who wish to learn how to tell stories with data can register for this free course, which includes video lectures, tutorials, assignments, readings and discussion forums. It is open to anyone in the world with an internet connection.

The course will begin in early 2014.

For more information, go to http://datadrivenjournalism.net/course/.

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Call for applications: Environmental journalism grant from Society of Environmental Journalists

Journalists are invited to apply for a US $3,500 grant to support environmental reporting and entrepreneurial ventures around the globe.

The Society of Environmental Journalists (SEJ) offers grants to help journalists who are building an environmental portfolio and struggling financially to complete their projects.

The funds are designed to cover project-related travel, training, research materials, environmental testing and other direct expenses related to the completion of their project.

Both SEJ members and non-members can apply for the grants, providing their work is within the field of journalism.

The deadline is November 15, 2013.

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

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Call for submissions: The Norbert Zongo Prize for investigative journalism

The Norbert Zongo Prize is an award for excellence in investigative journalism, established by the Norbert Zongo National Press Centre (CPN-NZ) in memory of the journalist and editor of The Independent, a weekly newspaper in Burkina Faso. Mr. Zongo was murdered on December 13, 1998.

Established in 2011, the competition is open to all professional journalists regularly employed by or freelancing for African media.

The award promotes investigative journalism, research, and investigation into political, economic, social and cultural life.

Entries must have been published or broadcast between May 3, 2011 and May 3, 2013.

There are three categories: newspaper, radio and television.

Only works in French or English will be accepted. Articles and broadcasts originally in other languages must be accompanied by translations into French or English.

The deadline for receipt of applications is November 15, 2013.

Rules and regulations and other information on the competition are available at:  http://www.cnpress-zongo.org/spip.php?article242; or by going to this link: http://www.cnpress-zongo.org/IMG/pdf/RULES_AND_REGULATIONS_Final.pdf

For further information, please contact the CNP-NZ via email: cnpress@cnpress-zongo.org

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Call for submissions: African investigative reporting competition

The Forum for African Investigative Reporters (FAIR) announces the 2013 African Investigative Journalism Awards.

Print, online, radio and TV journalists employed by local media in African countries are invited to submit an application individually, or as a group.

To open the competition to as many journalists as possible, there are ten prize categories, including health, elections, investigative commentary/analysis, politics, and war and conflict.

The overall winner of the Best African Investigative Story will be awarded $ 1,000 US. Individual category winners will receive $500 US and category runners-up, $250 US. The award ceremony will be held in December 2013.

Submitted articles or programs, or extracts from a series of journalistic pieces, must have been published in print or broadcast between July 1, 2012 and July 31, 2013.

Entries must be submitted in English, French or Portuguese.

The deadline for entries is November 15, 2013. Please submit your story by email to: admin@fairreporters.org.

Read the FAIR Awards Rules for entry requirements at: http://fairreporters.net/awards/ij-awards-rules/

For more information, go to this address: http://fairreporters.net/awards/.

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Call for applications: Human Rights Advocates Program

The Institute for the Study of Human Rights (ISHR) is accepting applications for its Human Rights Advocates Program. The course will begin in the latter half of August and run until mid-December, 2014.

The Program will use the resources of Columbia University in New York City, as well as international organizations such as Human Rights Watch and WITNESS to build on participants’ skills and provide networking opportunities.

Participants will share their experiences, reflect critically on their strategies, and plan future campaigns with policy-makers and potential funders.

The course is designed for journalists, lawyers, doctors, teachers, social workers, community organizers and other human rights activists. Candidates must show that their organizations are willing for them to participate, and must commit to returning to that organization.

Journalists from low-income countries are eligible to apply for the program. Applicants from high-income countries will not be considered except when representing marginalized communities.

ISHR will make every effort to provide full funding to cover participants’ program costs as well as travel and housing. A stipend will be provided for basic expenses.

The deadline for applications is November 1, 2013.

For more information, click: http://hrcolumbia.org/hrap/apply/instructions/.

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Call for submissions: CDM African Radio Contest 2013

The secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has announced the launch of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) African Radio Contest 2013. This year, the contest winners will be awarded a prize of $2,000 US.

Under the Clean Development Mechanism, greenhouse gas emission reduction projects in developing countries can earn certified emission reduction credits. These credits can be used by industrialized countries to meet part of their emission reduction targets under the Kyoto Protocol. You can read more about the CDM here: http://cdm.unfccc.int/about/index.html

Under the theme “Changing Lives,” the contest is designed to spread the word about the benefits of CDM in Africa, especially in under-represented regions of the continent. African broadcasters and freelancers are invited to grab their microphone and recorder and create a compelling radio story that answers the question: “How can my community/city/country benefit from the CDM?”

Radio stories will be judged on originality, technical excellence, clarity of message, thoroughness of investigation, level of professionalism and presentation skills. The “Wow Factor” is also very important, so radio stories should be able to generate and hold listeners’ interest.

The deadline for submissions is October 31. For more information, please visit this link: https://cdm.unfccc.int/about/multimedia/africanradiocontest/2013/index_html

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International Day of Rural Women

October 15, 2013 marks the sixth International Day of Rural Women. The Day was first observed on October 15, 2008. It 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.”

In his message for last year’s International Day of Rural Women, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said: “Empowering rural women is crucial for ending hunger and poverty. By denying women rights and opportunities, we deny their children and societies a better future.”

The International Day of Rural Women presents broadcasters with an excellent opportunity to highlight the roles that women and girls play in their communities. Do women have equal access to education? Are they able to inherit? Are they the victims of physical or mental oppression?

There are several related links available on the UN’s website at: http://www.un.org/en/events/ruralwomenday/. Stories, photos and videos are available via this link: http://www.un.org/en/events/ruralwomenday/multimedia.shtml

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Call for proposals: Peace project awards

The Journalists and Writers Foundation (JWF) has brought together thousands of people from various backgrounds to discuss topics such as politics, religion, art, philosophy, and science in order to establish common ground and, ultimately, peace.

The JWF is currently inviting proposals for innovative conflict resolution and peacebuilding projects.

Proposed projects should focus on preventing, managing and resolving violent conflict, and promoting post-conflict peacebuilding, reconciliation and dialogue in communities which have experienced conflict.

The JWF awards support projects that use a broad range of disciplines, skills and approaches. Non-profit organizations and individuals (including activists, community organizers, educators, filmmakers, journalists and students from all nationalities) are eligible to apply. At least one member of the team must be over 18 years old. There are no geographical restrictions on applicants.

Total funding of the awards is US $500,000.

The first step is to submit a 4-page (1000-word) summary of the proposal. All proposals must be submitted in English.

Proposals must be submitted on the website http://peaceprojects.net by 11:59 a.m. (EST) on September 30, 2013.

For a full description of project topics and activities, as well as the eligibility criteria and application and selection processes, please visit: http://peaceprojects.net/files/JWF_Peace_Projects_RFP.pdf

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International Literacy Day 2013: Literacies for the 21st Century

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) will be celebrating International Literacy Day on September 8, 2013. For over 40 years, UNESCO has been marking this occasion by reminding the international community that literacy is a human right and the foundation of all learning.

This year’s Day is dedicated to “literacies for the 21st century.” This theme highlights the need to achieve basic literacy skills for all, and to equip everyone with more advanced literacy skills as part of lifelong learning.

According to new data released by the UNESCO Institute for Statistics, literacy rates for adults and youth continue to rise. However, 774 million people over the age of 15 cannot read or write – and two-thirds of them are women. Among youth, 123 million are illiterate, of whom 76 million are female. Ten of the eleven countries in which adult literacy rates are below 50% are in sub-Saharan Africa.

Explore the data through this link: http://www.uis.unesco.org/literacy/Pages/data-release-map-2013.aspx?SPSLanguage=EN

Irina Bokova is the Director General of UNESCO. She said: “Literacy is much more than an educational priority – it is the ultimate investment in the future and the first step towards all the new forms of literacy required in the twenty-first century. We wish to see a century where every child is able to read and to use this skill to gain autonomy.”

Read more about International Literacy Day at: http://www.unesco.org/new/en/unesco/events/prizes-and-celebrations/celebrations/international-days/literacy-day/ , where there are resources and stories available to download, including testimonies from Senegalese villages about the benefits of literacy: http://www.unesco.org/new/en/dakar/about-this-office/single-view/news/international_literacy_day_2013_testimonies_from_a_fishing_village_in_senegal/#.Uib03TZmiSo

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Call for applications: Scholarships for broadcast journalism course

Mid-career broadcast journalists from developing countries can apply to receive scholarships for a course offered in the Netherlands.

The Radio Nederland Training Centre, sponsored by the Netherlands Fellowship Program (NFP), is offering a six-week course, “Broadcast Journalism, Module 2,” from March 17 to April 25, 2014.

The course focuses on multimedia journalism while covering the issues of social conflict and cohesion. For more information about the course, visit http://www.rntc.nl/multimedia.

NFP fellowships cover travel costs, accommodation and course fees. For more information about the fellowship, go to http://www.rntc.nl/NFP.

To be eligible for a scholarship, Africans must be a national of one of the following countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Mali, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia or Zimbabwe.

The deadline to apply for a scholarship is October 1, 2013.

Self-paying or sponsored candidates from other countries are also welcome to apply. All applicants must be proficient in English and have at least three years of journalism experience.

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Call for entries: SIGNIS Radio Competition 2013

SIGNIS is the World Catholic Association for Communication. The Association reports that, under the patronage of Vatican Radio, the SIGNIS Radio Competition 2013 is mobilizing media practitioners, educators, religious communities and young people all over the world to express their vision of a “Culture of Peace” by creating and submitting a short radio program.

Competition entries can reflect the work of one person, or be the result of group efforts in parishes, schools or communities. Entries will be published on the Vatican Radio website, and a selection of entries will be broadcast on the Vatican Radio’s English, French, Spanish and Portuguese channels.

The competition is open to all age groups. The competition theme is: “Media for a Culture of Peace: Creating Images with the New Generation.”

You must complete the entry form in order to submit an entry to the competition. You can find the entry form on the SIGNIS website at: http://www.signis.net/article.php3?id_article=5797[PR1]

Submissions should include a one-minute radio track in MP3 format. Individuals can submit one entry, while groups can submit three. Submissions may take any form: for example, news story, music, or commercial, and can be in English, French, Spanish or Portuguese (with Spanish transcript). One set of prizes, including radio and data storage equipment, will be awarded for each language.

Send your radio track in MP3 format by email to competitions@signis.net and include the entry form as an attachment to your email.

The submission deadline is December 10, 2013.

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Call for entries: United Nations journalism contest

The United Nations Correspondents Association (UNCA – http://www.unca.com/) is accepting written and electronic submissions for a UN contest that includes four categories: print and online, broadcast, climate change and humanitarian/development.

Journalists worldwide who cover the United Nations, including its agencies and field operations, are eligible for this award.

There is more than $50,000 US in prizes, with $10,000 US each for the main categories.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will present the prizes at the awards gala dinner in New York on December 18, 2013.

Entries can be submitted in any of the official UN languages (English, French, Arabic, Chinese, Spanish and Russian). Entries not in English or French must be accompanied by a translation.

The contest deadline is September 15, 2013.

For more information, visit this page: http://cms.unca.com/content/view/132/10/

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Call for articles: Community radio and its impact on family farming

As the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC) gears up for its 11th World Conference, AMARC wishes to analyze the impact of community radio on fighting hunger in rural areas, and its impact on agriculture, specifically family agriculture.

AMARC’s International Secretariat is asking community broadcasters to submit articles which answer the following questions for their country/region:

(1) What is the role and importance of family farming in your country and its contribution to ending hunger?

(2) What are the communication needs of actors (farmers’ organizations, institutions, families, etc.)?

(3) How are community radio, ICTs and other community media currently supporting and how can they better support family farming? Describe your experiences.

(4) How can community radio best contribute to supporting family farming with regard to food security, access to markets, climate change, emergencies, etc.?

(5) What are your recommendations to AMARC for the Global Conference and for the International Year of Family Farming?

Submitted articles should be no longer than 1000 words. Community broadcasters should send their articles to secretariat@si.amarc.org by August 10, 2013.

Articles will be published on the AMARC website. Broadcasters who submit articles will be considered for sponsored participation in the AMARC 11 Global conference, which will be held in Accra, Ghana from December 1-5, 2014.

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Call for entries: Radio for Peacebuilding Africa Awards 2013

The Radio for Peacebuilding Africa (RFPA) Awards recognize original, high quality radio programs that contribute to promoting peace and tolerance on the African continent.

The Awards showcase and reward radio programs that attempt to reduce tension between different groups and communities, highlight and enhance the value of shared interests, break down stereotypes, or feature positive role models and agents for change.

The 2013 Awards are open to all African radio broadcasters based on the continent, regardless of age or gender. Prizes will be awarded in the following categories: Gender; Youth; and the RFPA Jury’s Special Award.

Programs submitted to the competition can be in any language spoken on the African continent, but must be accompanied by a full translation in either English or French. They must be a minimum of 20 minutes in duration, and have been broadcast between January 1 and December 31, 2012.

Three cash prizes will be awarded in each category, and the winners will be honoured at an awards ceremony.

The entry form, as well as previous winning entries, are available for listening and download from the audio section of the RFPA website, www.radiopeaceafrica.org

For more information and to apply, contact the RFPA Team at rfpa@sfcg.org

All entries must be received by midnight GMT, July 31, 2013.

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Call for applications: Journalist to Journalist Lung Health Media Training 2013

The Union World Conference on Lung Health is an annual conference on lung health issues as they affect low- and middle-income countries. The theme of this year’s conference is “Shared Air, Safe Air?” More than 3,000 delegates from over 120 countries are expected to attend. For more details on the conference, see www.worldlunghealth.org.

The National Press Foundation’s Journalist to Journalist (J2J) Project is working with the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease to offer all-expenses-paid fellowships for up to 20 health journalists to cover the conference in Paris, France.

The three-day J2J program is designed for working journalists who want to increase their knowledge and skills in developing stories on lung health and related issues, including tuberculosis, TB/HIV, asthma, diabetes, tobacco control, and the impact of air pollution.

Fellowship winners will attend three days of expert training from Tuesday to Thursday, October 29-31, then cover the conference until Sunday, November 3, 2013.

Journalists working in any medium are invited to apply. Special attention will be given to applications from journalists in low- and middle-income countries, and South Africa.

All applicants must have at least three years experience as a journalist covering lung health or general health. All J2J sessions will be in English, so proficient spoken and written English is essential.

The deadline for applications is 5:00 p.m. EST, July 22, 2013. Only online applications are accepted.

More information, and the online application form, can be found at: http://nationalpress.org/programs-and-resources/program/lung-health-issues-paris-france-2013/

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International Co-operative Day 2013: ’Co-operative enterprise remains strong in time of crisis’

International Co-operative Day (ICD) is celebrated annually on the first Saturday of July. The day has been celebrated by the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA) since 1923.

July 6, 2013 marks the 91st ICD, and the nineteenth time it has been held since its recognition by the United Nations.

The General Assembly of the UN declared “the first Saturday of July 1995 to be International Day of Cooperatives, marking the centenary of the establishment of the International Cooperative Alliance.”

The theme for this year’s event is “Co-operative enterprise remains strong in time of crisis.” It is an apt theme when one considers how other forms of business have been troubled by current global economic struggles.

A message from the ICA about the day can be found through this link: http://ica.coop/sites/default/files/attachments/91st%20ICA%20International%20Co-operative%20Day%202013%20-%20EN.pdf

A recent report by the International Labour Organization, entitled “Resilience in a downturn: the power of financial co-operatives,” notes that financial co-operatives have fared better than investor-owned banks in times of crisis. It can be downloaded via this address: http://www.ilo.org/wcmsp5/groups/public/—ed_emp/—emp_ent/—coop/documents/publication/wcms_207768.pdf

The messages from the United Nations and the ICA will be translated into local languages. These will then be distributed to media, co-operatives and all levels of government.

Radio stations and other media outlets should contact local co-operatives to document their stories and make their audiences aware of the movements, activities and contributions that co-ops make to the economic and social lives of their members.

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Contest for best coverage of infectious diseases

Journalists can win international reporting trips worth up to $10,000 for submitting high-quality stories on infectious diseases.

The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) is launching a contest to spur discussion on how the global community deals with the critical health issues of AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. Three winners will be selected, one each from the United States, Europe, and sub-Saharan Africa. The sub-Saharan Africa contest is administered in partnership with the African Health Journalists Association.

Reports published or broadcast between May 20 and August 1, 2013, will qualify. Along with the story, participants must submit a 300-word proposal for an international reporting trip designed to expand their coverage of infectious diseases.

An editor or manager at each of the winning news organizations will also be awarded a trip to Washington, D.C., to attend ICFJ’s 2013 Awards Dinner on November 7, 2013.

Stories must be in English or French. The deadline for submission is August 1, 2013.

Winners will be announced on September 15, 2013.

For more information and full contest guidelines, visit http://ijnet.org/opportunities/journalists-can-enter-story-contest-best-coverage-infectious-diseases-us-europe-sub-sa.

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Call for applications: The Richard J. Margolis Award

This annual award, established in honour of Richard J. Margolis, recognizes a promising new journalist or essayist whose work combines warmth, humour, wisdom and concern with social justice.

The award combines a one-month residency at Blue Mountain Center with a $5,000 prize.

Candidates are invited to submit examples of published work and a short biography. The submission should include a description of work-in-progress and planned, along with a brief description of how the applicant will benefit from his or her residence at the Blue Mountain Center.

The deadline for applications is July 1, 2013, and the winner will be announced in November.

For more details of how to apply, including a postal address for applications, visit the website: http://award.margolis.com/

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Notes to broadcasters: Cassava

Cassava is the third-largest source of carbohydrates – also called starches − in the world. It is a major staple food in the developing world, providing a basic diet for over half a billion people. Cassava is one of the most drought-tolerant crops, and capable of growing on marginal soils. Nigeria is the world’s largest producer of cassava. For more information, visit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cassava

Once the farmer in the story had identified his market and found land to grow his cassava, he made a good profit. The following Farm Radio International resources may serve as inspiration for a radio program about cassava:


-Farmers experiment and discover: You can store cassava (Package 58, Script 9, January 2001) http://www.farmradio.org/radio-resource-packs/package-58-the-importance-of-millet/farmers-experiment-and-discover-you-can-store-cassava/

-Woman farmer invents a cassava grinder (Package 49, Script 9, June 1998) http://www.farmradio.org/radio-resource-packs/package-49-the-power-of-co-operatives/woman-farmer-invents-a-cassava-grinder/

-Plant high quality cassava cuttings (Package 37, Script 1, July 1995) http://www.farmradio.org/radio-resource-packs/package-37/plant-high-quality-cassava-cuttings/

Farm Radio Weekly stories:

-“Tanzania: Youth abandon mining to grow cassava” (FRW 23, January 2013) http://weekly.farmradio.org/2013/01/28/tanzania-youth-abandon-mining-to-grow-cassava-by-susuma-susuma-for-farm-radio-weekly-in-tanzania/

-“Côte d’Ivoire: Women gain economic independence with new cassava varieties“ (FRW #219, October 2012) http://weekly.farmradio.org/2012/10/09/cote-d%e2%80%99ivoire-women-gain-economic-independence-with-new-cassava-varieties-ips/

-“Tanzania: From crisis to opportunity with cassava “ (FRW 195, April 2012) http://weekly.farmradio.org/2012/04/02/tanzania-from-crisis-to-opportunity-with-cassava-by-farm-radio-weekly-in-tanzania/

-“Uganda: Cassava Brown Streak Disease threatens yields “ (FRW 113, May 2010)  http://weekly.farmradio.org/2010/05/31/1-uganda-cassava-brown-streak-disease-threatens-yields-irin-new-vision/

If you broadcast to a cassava growing area, you might want to produce a program focusing on one or two aspects of the crop. You could examine how farmers cope with disease, or whether cassava is a good cash crop. Or you could look at whether cassava has an “image problem” that causes people to prefer other staples like maize or rice. Try to talk to farmers and consumers as well as market traders and NGO or extension staff.

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