Residency program accepting journalists


Journalists and visual artists can apply for a residency program in Peterborough, New Hampshire.

The MacDowell Colony is expanding its artist residency program to support long-form journalism projects. The program provides time and space for artists to work on creative projects for two to eight weeks. The average stay is five weeks.

Journalists with professional standing in their fields, as well as emerging journalists, are eligible. Writers, visual artists, composers, filmmakers, playwrights, interdisciplinary artists and architects come from all parts of the United States and abroad.

The program is free. Funding is available to help reimburse artists for travel to and from the colony. Financial aid forms are available upon acceptance and aid is awarded based on need.

The deadline is Sept. 15.

For more information, click here.

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Human rights fellowships available

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Recent graduates in journalism, international relations or law at the master’s level or beyond can apply for a human rights fellowship program.

Human Rights Watch (HRW) presents the Alan R. and Barbara D. Finberg Fellowship. Fellows will work with HRW in New York or Washington monitoring human rights developments worldwide, conducting on-site investigations, drafting reports, media outreach and more.

The yearlong fellowships begin September 2016 and offer a US$55,000 salary with benefits.

Ideal candidates possess a strong background in human rights with an intent to pursue a career in the field. Requirements include research and field experience, analytic skills and English fluency. Proficiency in a second language is a plus.

Applicants must submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, two recommendation letters, an unpublished writing sample and a graduate school transcript.

The deadline to apply is Oct. 8.

For more information, click here.

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Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship



The Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship was launched in 2013 as a new component of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. It provides opportunities for U.S. citizens to participate in an academic year of overseas travel and digital storytelling in one, two, or three countries on a globally significant theme. This Fellowship is made possible through a partnership between the U.S. Department of State and the National Geographic Society.

The wide variety of new digital media tools and platforms has created an unprecedented opportunity for people from all disciplines and backgrounds to share observations and personal narratives with global audiences online. These storytelling tools are powerful resources as we seek to expand our knowledge of pressing transnational issues and build ties across cultures.

For the 2016-17 competition, the Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship will accept proposals to undertake an in-depth examination of a globally relevant issue or issues in one country, or in multiple countries, comparing and contrasting how that issue is experienced from one country to another. Utilizing a variety of digital storytelling tools, including text, photography, video, audio, graphic illustrations, and/or social media, Fellows will tell their stories, or the stories of those they meet, publishing their work on a dedicated blog hosted on the National Geographic website. Stories deemed by National Geographic to be of interest or merit may be considered for publication on other National Geographic platforms. In addition to receiving Fulbright benefits (for travel, stipend, health, etc.), Fellows will receive instruction in digital storytelling techniques, applicable to Fellows’ projects, including effective blog writing, video production, photography, and other relevant training, by National Geographic staff prior to their departure. Fellows will be paired with one or more National Geographic editors for continued editorial direction and mentoring throughout their Fulbright grant period. Fellows will provide material for a blog on the National Geographic website at least once per week, and will have the opportunity to develop additional content for use by National Geographic and the Department of State.

Applications for the 2016-2017 academic year will be accepted for the following themes:

  • Our Human Story
    Themes: Culture/Geo-politics, Contemporary Social Issues (Sociology, Urbanization, Crisis, Migration)
  • Our Living Planet
    Themes: Places, Environment, Climate Change, Conservation, Landscapes, Oceans
  • Critical Species
    Themes: Conservation of Species, Extinction (Storytelling in this area should include a public policy frame)
  • New Frontiers
    Themes: Innovations in areas of Health, Medicine, Technology, Space, Energy, Maritime issues.

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Collaborative journalism contest accepting pitches, stories

Professional and amateur journalists can compete in this contest.

Hostwriter, a platform that lets vetted journalists contact each other for collaboration opportunities, will award cash prizes for works of collaborative journalism and for a promising story pitch. HostWriter must have played a part in the story’s research.

Works may be in any language, but the application must be in English, German, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Arabic or Hebrew plus an abstract in English.

The first and second prizes consist of EUR3,000 (US$3,286) and EUR2,000 (US$2,191), respectively. The winner of the pitch prize will receive EUR1,000 (US$1,095).

The deadline is Aug. 31.

For more information, click here.

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ICFJ offers fellowship for conference on road safety


Journalists who are fluent in English and interested in reporting on road safety can apply for this fellowship.

The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) is accepting applications for the Journalists’ Fellowship and Workshop on Road Safety. The program will select 15 journalists from around the world to attend the second Global High-Level Conference on Road Safety hosted by the government of Brazil and co-sponsored by the World Health Organization.

The conference, which will take place Nov. 17 to 19 in Brasília, Brazil, aims to share knowledge and spur action on what works to prevent traffic-related fatalities and injuries and improve safety on the roads for all who use them.

Fellows will also participate in a daylong session before the conference to improve their stories on road safety. During the session, they will learn to use a variety of data to demonstrate how road safety affects communities; work with new tools that help them find and scrape data; and learn to engage audiences using visualizations such as interactive graphics and social media.

The selected journalists are expected to report the news generated by conference for their media outlets, including emerging issues in road safety on a national and global level.

The fellowship covers travel, accommodations and conference registration.

The deadline is Aug. 31.

For more information, click here.

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Reporting course on human trafficking, slavery open

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Print, broadcast and online journalists worldwide can apply for fellowships to attend a course in London.

TrustMedia, a Thomson Reuters Foundation service, offers a reporting course about human trafficking and slavery on Nov. 16 to 20. The course will run in conjunction with the Trust Women conference Nov. 17 and 18.

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

All of the course participants will receive free admission to Trust Women Day Two for exclusive networking, reporting and interview opportunities with modern-day slavery and trafficking experts.

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

The application deadline is Sept. 21.

For more information, click here.

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Fellowships for reporting on conflict, violence open


Midcareer journalists who want to deepen their knowledge of trauma and improve coverage of violence, conflict and tragedy can apply for a fellowship.

Each year, the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, a project of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, selects 10 to 15 journalists as Dart Center Ochberg Fellows.

The next program will be held Jan. 18 to 23, 2016 at Columbia University in New York.

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

The fellowship covers travel to and accommodations in New York, meals and other expenses directly related to participation.

The application deadline is Sept. 28.

For more information, click here.

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Journalism contest seeks entries from Africa

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Print, online and broadcast journalists can compete for a prize.

The Norbert Zongo National Press Centre, based in Burkina Faso, is accepting applications for its competition. The Norbert Zongo Prize for Journalism honors excellence in investigation and research on subjects related to the political, economic, social and cultural life in Africa.

Categories include newspaper, radio and television. The works must have been published or broadcast between May 3, 2013 and May 3, 2015.

The winners of the Norbert Zongo Prize in each category will receive CFA1,000,000.

Only submissions in French or English will be accepted. Stories submitted in other languages must be accompanied by a translation.

The deadline is Aug. 30.

For more information, click here.

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The Christian Science Monitor seeks cyber security fellow

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Journalists who are familiar with what’s happening in cyber security and data privacy issues can apply for this fellowship in Washington or Boston.

The Christian Science Monitor will hire a cyber security reporter fellow for its newly launched site,Passcode, dedicated to covering digital security and privacy. The paid, yearlong fellowship starts in October.

The fellow will develop and report original stories, help other Passcode writers research topics, regularly contribute to the production of the Passcode newsletter and help grow the Passcode audience through social media outreach.

The deadline is Aug. 24.

For more information, click here.

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Investigative journalism contest accepting submissions from Latin America



Journalists who have published their work in Latin American or Caribbean news outlets in 2014 can compete.

Transparency International and the Instituto Prensa y Sociedad organize the Latin American Investigative Journalism Award. The award’s purpose is to encourage greater transparency in government, business and media.

Investigative stories on any topic of public interest in English, Spanish or Portuguese are eligible. Print, online, television and radio reports are all eligible, and reporters can submit work done independently or in teams.

The first, second and third place winners will receive US$15,000, US$10,000 and US$5,000, respectively. Authors of the best investigative reports will also be invited to the 2015 Latin American Investigative Journalism Conference on Nov. 20 to 23 in Lima, Peru.

The deadline is Aug. 17.

For more information (in Spanish), click here.

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