News Corp offers journalism fellowship for Mexican Journalists

English-speaking Mexican journalists are invited to apply for this opportunity.

The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) will select five Mexican journalists for the News Corp Fellowship. Fellows will intern at The Wall Street Journal in New York.

Videographers, newsroom editors, bloggers, graphic reporters and journalists from all areas of expertise are welcome to apply.

The selected journalists will spend a month in the United States learning about freedom of the press and working in an American newsroom. Fellows will spend July 29 to Aug. 1 in Washington for an ICFJ orientation, and Aug. 2 to 29 at The Wall Street Journal.

The deadline to apply is May 12.

For more information, click here.

Thomson Reuters offers investigative reporting course in Ethiopia

Journalists with at least two years of experience and a good level of spoken and written English may apply to take a course in Addis Ababa.

The Thomson Reuters Foundation, in partnership with the U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa, offers a weeklong training program to help journalists develop important investigative reporting skills.

The course will address topics that include preparing for in-depth investigations, ensuring the quality and accuracy of stories and handling legal and ethical issues when conducting investigative reporting.

The course will take place from May 12-16.

Applicants should be currently working as journalists or regular contributors to broadcast media organizations in Addis Ababa. Special travel bursaries are available for Ethiopian reporters who do not reside in the capital.

Journalists who have participated in another Thomson Reuters course in the last two years are not eligible to apply.

The deadline to apply is April 18.

For more information, click here.

Deadline approaching: contest for health reporting and social engagement in Nigeria

Media organizations and professional journalists working for print, broadcast or online in Nigeria can apply for the contest. Citizen journalists, freelance journalists and bloggers are also eligible.

The Hala Nigeria project hosts a contest to reward compelling journalism stories that use traditional and/or digital tools to engage citizens on important health topics.

In the contest’s first phase, teams of journalists, technologists and graphic designers will compete by submitting creative story ideas with the potential for citizen engagement. The best ideas will be chosen as finalists who will receive assistance in developing their ideas and incorporating tools to engage the public.

Completed projects will be submitted in the second phase. Of those, the winners will be announced in June.

Individual winners will receive cash prizes of up to US$1,000 and the opportunity to attend an intensive EditorsLab in Lagos.

The deadline to submit ideas for the first phase of the competition is April 11. Applications must be submitted in English.

For more information, click here.

ARIJ seeks Arabic-speaking executive producer




Multimedia and video journalists who speak Arabic and have at least 10 years of experience can apply for this position.

Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism (ARIJ) is hiring an executive producer to coordinate and supervise its growing efforts in video and multimedia investigative projects.

The executive producer will be responsible for helping journalists develop powerful stories and turn them into documentary films for broadcast television and multimedia projects for Web and mobile. Successful candidates need to have skills, experience and creativity to coordinate a network of independent video and multimedia journalists investigating challenging stories in the Arab world.

The producer will preferably be based in Amman, but candidates who wish to be based from other hubs of Arab media production will be considered.

ARIJ will offer a one-year, renewable contract.

Candidates must send their curriculum vitaes to rasha(at)arij(dot)net by April 20.

For more information, click here.

Deadline approaching: college journalism contest

Undergraduate students who have published original news stories in their school publications may compete for a prize.

The Institute on Political Journalism Collegiate Award, an educational program sponsored by The Fund for American Studies, recognizes college students who have shown excellent original reporting, superior writing skills, accuracy and good use of sources.

The first place winner will receive a cash prize of US$2,500, and the second place will receive US$500. Both awards will be presented at a luncheon at the National Press Club on June 20 in Washington.

Applicants must be enrolled at a four-year college or university in the United States to be eligible. Students may submit up to three articles for consideration.

The deadline for submissions is April 15.

For more information, click here.

Doha Film Institute expands grant program

Filmmakers can apply for production and post-production funding for their feature-length projects.

The Doha Film Institute has expanded its grant program to include filmmakers from all countries. The institute will retain its emphasis on supporting film making in the Middle East and North Africa regions, but it will now extend its funding program to other regions of the world.

Applicants will be separated into three categories: Middle East and North Africa (MENA)development assistance committee (DAC) and the rest of the world (ROW).

Production and post-production grants are available for feature-length films. MENA candidates are also eligible for funding to develop their projects or to complete short films. DAC and ROW candidates cannot apply for development or short film grants.

Most production grants range from US$50,000-100,000. Most post-production grants range from US$30,000-75,000.

The institute will accept applications from MENA and DAC candidates from April 1-21. ROW candidates may only apply if they are invited.

For more information, click here.

Columbia Journalism Review seeks regional correspondents in the US

Journalists with an active social media presence and demonstrated reporting skills may apply for a freelance position.

The Columbia Journalism Review seeks regional correspondents to join its United States Project, which aims to support accountability journalism in local markets.

The project monitors coverage of policy and political stories, including state tax and regulatory policy, healthcare reform and elections. In addition, correspondents will also report on broadcast, digital and newspaper outlets that produce that coverage.

Each correspondent will be assigned two to four states to cover and will be expected to produce a minimum of two posts per month.

The position pays US$1,500 a month. Correspondents should expect to spend 10-15 hours a week on the project.

Interested individuals should send a curriculum vitae and cover letter to unitedstatesprojectcjr(at)gmail(dot)com. Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled.

For more information, click here.

Data journalism contest accepting entries

Journalists working for media companies and nonprofit organizations, freelancers or individuals can enter a competition.

The third edition of the Data Journalism Awards (DJAs), run by the Global Editors Network (GEN) and sponsored by the Knight Foundation and Google, has been launched with a EUR16,000 (US$21,990) prize to be shared among eight winning entries.

The awards include the following categories: story or group of stories on a single topic, data-driven investigation, data journalism visualization, data journalism application or website, data journalism portfolio by an individual, data journalism portfolio by a team or newsroom, entry from a small newsroom, and jurors’ choice.

Submissions can be made in any of eight categories, must have been published or aired after April 10, 2013 and must be in English. Entries in languages other than English must be accompanied by a translation of the work.

The award ceremony will take place in Barcelona during the Global Editors Network Summit, an annual event hosting 500 editors-in-chief worldwide.

The deadline is April 4.

For more information, click here.

Fellowship for mental health journalism open for American and Columbia

Journalists from Colombia and the United States are encouraged to apply for this program.

The Carter Center organizes the Rosalynn Carter Fellowship for Mental Health Journalism, which aims to train reporters covering mental illness.

Applicants should have at least three years of experience in print or electronic journalism (writing, reporting, editing, producing, filmmaking) and be citizens or legal residents of the United States or Colombia.

Applications for the 2014-15 fellowship year should be submitted no later than April 14.

For more information, click here.

Journalists Face Harassment, Intimidation in Crimea

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) on Monday “reiterated their appeal for all sides involved in the political unrest in Ukraine to respect the rights and freedom of journalists.

“The IFJ/EFJ call follows reports that journalists are facing increasing harassment and intimidation in Crimea as political unrest continues, with news emerging that unidentified men are attacking journalists, brandishing guns and snatching cameras,” a statement said.

“In response to the escalation in violence, the IFJ/EFJ are holding a meeting in Brussels on 17 March that will bring together representatives from the journalists union in Russia (RUJ) and Ukraine (NUJU and IMTUU) to discuss further measures to support journalists to uphold professional ethical standards and safety.

“According to reports, on 5 March a journalist from ‘News of the Week — Crimea’ was attacked as he filmed a peaceful protest by a group of women in Crimea’s capital, Simferopol, and on 6 March a journalist from was threatened when she and a colleague visited the border ferry crossing.

“In another chilling incident, a security camera in Simferopol captured the image of a Bulgarian freelance journalist and his assistant being attacked as they filmed masked men removing equipment from a television company. A gun was held to one of the men’s heads and their equipment was taken. . . .”

- From Richard Prince’s “journalisms”