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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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Call for applications: ‘Power of the Pen’ roundtable for sub-Saharan African journalists

The International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA) is hosting the “Power of the Pen” roundtable: an interactive, three-day event co-sponsored by the U.S. State Department to be held in Accra, Ghana, in the spring of 2014. IACA is an international organization created by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Based in Austria, it seeks to empower professionals in the field of anti-corruption.

Participants will have the opportunity to discuss with well-known journalists from the region about the impact of corruption on fair and independent reporting, ethics, investigative reporting, legal frameworks, and best practice.

Applicants must currently be working in print, broadcast (TV or radio) or photographic media in sub-Saharan Africa. Candidates must fill out the online application form and submit a letter of motivation, a CV and published or broadcast samples of work (including date, place and medium of publication).

The roundtable will be held in English, but translation into other UN languages is possible.

IACA will cover the tuition fee, accommodation, travel, meals and incidental expenses. For more information, visit: http://www.iaca.int/standardized-trainings/power-of-the-pen

The deadline for applications is December 17, 2013.

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Getting to zero

December 1 is World AIDS Day. The Day is designed to bring together people from around the world to raise awareness about HIV and AIDS, and to demonstrate international solidarity in the face of the pandemic.

Between 2011 and 2015, World AIDS Days will have the theme of “Getting to zero. Zero new HIV infections. Zero discrimination. Zero AIDS-related deaths.”

World AIDS Day is an opportunity for public and private partners to spread awareness about the status of the pandemic and encourage progress in HIV and AIDS prevention, treatment and care in high-prevalence countries and around the world.

The focus on “Zero AIDS-related deaths” signifies both a push towards greater access to treatment for all and a call for governments to act now. It is a call for African governments to honour promises such as the Abuja declaration and, at the very least, to hit targets for domestic spending on health and HIV.

Find out more about World AIDS Day through these links: http://www.afro.who.int/en/media-centre/events/details/297-world-aids-day.html (World Health Organization Regional Office for Africa), and http://www.who.int/campaigns/aids-day/2013/en/index.html (WHO World AIDS Day page).

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Take back The Tech 2013: Taking control of technology to end violence against women

From November 25 to December 10, 2013, Take Back The Tech! invites people to take one action every day to end violence against women. Take Back The Tech! is a global campaign that connects the issue of violence against women to information and communications technologies. Each daily action will explore an issue of violence against women and its connection with communication rights. You can find a complete list of these daily actions here: https://www.takebackthetech.net/daily_actions/browse/2013

In an age of social media and mass surveillance, privacy is increasingly seen as an exception rather than a right. But privacy is a fundamental human right, as explicitly stated under Article 12 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Take Back The Tech maintains that: “upholding the right to privacy means defending the right to decide what we want to share about our personal lives, our bodies and our spaces with whom, when and on what terms. This is especially important when increasing access to the internet and online spaces have complicated our ideas of what is public and what is private. For example, a photograph taken between two people in private can become an act of violence when it is distributed into other spaces without consent.”

A global Twitter conversation on privacy, safety and feminism using #OrangeDay will begin on November 25 to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Here are several ways you can participate:

• Participate in one or more of the 16 daily actions, which you can find through this link: https://www.takebackthetech.net/daily_actions/browse/2013

• Organize a campaign where you live: highlight a critical violence against women issue and think about how the issue connects with ICTs (for ideas on campaigns, go to: https://www.takebackthetech.net/organise/how-organise-take-back-tech-campaign)

• Submit tools and resources you find useful to Take Back The Tech! via email or social media.

• Map your story of tech-related violence here: https://www.takebackthetech.net/mapit/ (Tech-related violence refers to harmful actions against women (e.g., sexual violence, harassment, stalking, intimate partner violence) that occur via telephones, computers and the internet.)

To share your ideas, you can contact Take Back The Tech! via email: ideas@takebackthetech.net, and via Twitter with @takebackthetech and #takebackthetech

To learn more, visit: https://www.takebackthetech.net/node/5573

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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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