Antiracist journalism workshop

Off the Coast of Gorée Island

As racism and the treatment of people of color in and out of newsrooms has surged to the forefront of conversations, against the backdrop of a pandemic that disproportionately impacts people of color, journalists face many questions: When do ‘objectivity’ and ‘neutrality’ mask inequity? How do journalists move from covering protests to systemically telling stories that root out racist treatment in health care, education and other social spheres? And how can journalists practice antiracism in their everyday work? 

Join us as Leah Donnella of NPR’s Code Switch, Cassie Haynes of Resolve Philly, and Robert Samuels of The Washington Post discuss “What would antiracist journalism look like?”

Registration now for this program, which will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Friday, Aug. 21, 2020.

Panelists will explore and help us understand: 

  • How the default frame of journalism/journalists is not neutral or objective
  • How to reframe the way journalism works so it’s actively antiracist 
  • How to broaden reach and audience by working more inclusively with community
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WILSON CENTER FELLOWSHIP

Through an international competition, the Center offers 9-month residential fellowships. The Wilson Center invites scholars, practitioners, journalists and public intellectuals to take part in its flagship international Fellowship Program. Fellows conduct research and write in their areas of interest, while interacting with policymakers in Washington and Wilson Center staff and other scholars in residence.  The Center accepts policy-relevant, non-advocacy fellowship proposals that address key challenges confronting the United States and the world.  

https://www.wilsoncenter.org/fellowship-application

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IRE20 Conference Fellowship

Students/$70 for pros) and a complimentary conference registration ($50 for students/$175 for pros).
– All recipients are required to meet IRE’s membership standards: Someone substantially engaged in news gathering, presentation or production; a student pursuing a degree or someone engaged full-time in research or teaching in the field of journalism.
– IRE hopes to notify you about the status of your application within 10 business days.
– No deadline to apply; however, IRE will cease offering conference fellowships once the funds are exhausted.
– Application requires: a letter of support, resume/CV/LinkedIn profile, college transcript (for students).
– Application encourages: one to two clips of investigative or journalistic work.

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Health Journalism Grant

https://www.nihcm.org/categories/journalism-grants-application-information

Purpose: To support timely health care journalism that informs efforts to improve the health of Americans, and that examines emerging health issues and their implications for cost, quality and access. Grants will provide funding for health reporting, educational opportunities for health care reporters, and/or support for documentary films and their public engagement campaigns.

Funding Level and Number of Awards: NIHCM is making a total of $1 million available for the combined 2020-2021 funding cycles for our research and journalism grant programs. Funding will be allocated across the two programs according to the merits of the proposals received.

Qualified Applicants: We welcome applications from individual journalists as well as from all types of organizations and institutions, including both non-profit and for-profit entities.

Project Duration: Projects that can be completed within one year are preferred. We will consider support for projects already underway or requiring a longer timeframe, provided applicants can describe anticipated impact and deliverables during the project year.

Application Process and Timeline:

  • Applicants are required to submit an initial letter of inquiry (LOI) describing their project by 5:00 PM EDT on August 5, 2020. Applications are welcome at any time prior to that deadline. LOIs must be submitted using NIHCM’s online entry system and must conform to the required structure.
  • Those applicants accepted for further consideration will be contacted by September regarding the next steps in the application process.
  • NIHCM will announce the grant winners in the fall of 2020.

Budget: NIHCM Foundation does not pay indirect costs to journalism grantee organizations. Exceptions may be made on an individual basis if your organization requires an indirect cost rate. NIHCM Foundation will consider indirect costs up to a maximum of 12 percent of direct costs.

Selection Criteria:

Proposals will be judged using the following criteria:

  • Significance: Is the proposed topic area or project objective important and significant?
  • Impact: Is the project likely to result in products or other deliverables that improve the public’s health literacy or understanding of emerging health issues and their implications for cost, quality and access? Will the products or other deliverables be disseminated to appropriate target audiences in ways that can maximize the project’s impact?
  • Design: Are the activities proposed appropriate to accomplishing the project objectives? How will the project team deal with anticipated challenges in completing the project?
  • Timeliness: Will the proposed project be completed in a reasonable time frame to have sufficient impact?
  • Qualifications of Key Personnel: Do the key personnel have the necessary experience to complete this project successfully?
  • Budget: Is the level of support requested consistent with the proposed project scope?
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Eugene C. Pulliam Fellowship for Editorial Writing

The Pulliam Fellowship awards $75,000 to an outstanding editorial writer or columnist to help broaden his or her journalistic horizons and knowledge of the world. The annual award can be used to cover the cost of study, research and/or travel in any field. The fellowship results in editorials and other writings, including books.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for a Pulliam fellowship, a candidate must:

— Hold a position as a part-time or full-time editorial writer or columnist at a news publication located in the United States. Applications also are welcome from freelance opinion writers who devote a majority of their time, or derive a majority of their income, from that pursuit.
— Have at least three years experience as an editorial writer or columnist.
— Demonstrate outstanding writing and analytical abilities.
— Secure assurances by the editor or publisher that the applicant will be allowed sufficient time to pursue the fellowship without jeopardizing employment. (Fellows do not have to leave their jobs.)
— Demonstrate ability and intent to publish work within 18 months of selection. (If selected, work must be published within 18 months of receiving the fellowship).
— All entries must be in English.

The selected applicant must provide a post-fellowship written report on how funds were used. Each Fellowship recipient will become a mentor to the following year’s recipient.

https://www.spj.org/a-pulliamfellow.asp

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Spotlight Investigative Journalism Fellowship

The fellowship awards up to $100,000 for one or more individuals or teams of journalists to work on in-depth research and reporting projects. The chosen journalist(s) will collaborate with established investigative reporters and editors from The Boston Globe’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Spotlight Team.

It’s up to you whether to apply as an individual or as part of a team. You also have the choice of pursuing your own investigation or following leads developed by Globe journalists.You don’t have to live in Boston to be a Spotlight Fellow, but you’ll need to visit regularly for meetings.

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Coronavirus Rolling Grant for U.S. Freelancers

FIJ’s board of directors is looking for stories on the coronavirus that break new ground and expose wrongdoing—such as corruption, malfeasance, or abuse of power—in the public and private sectors.

FIJ encourages proposals written for ethnic media as well as those submitted by journalists of color and involving the impact of the coronavirus in U.S. ethnic communities.

Grants average $5,000 but can be as high as $10,000.  They cover out-of-pocket expenses such as travel, document collection, and equipment rental. FIJ also considers requests for small stipends.

FIJ will review proposals as they are submitted. Grant decisions can be expected within two weeks of submission of application

It is FIJ policy to pay the first half of approved grants to successful applicants upon approval, with the second half paid on publication of a finished project in accordance with the original proposal.

All application documents must be written in English and budgets expressed in U.S. Dollars.

Budget guidelines: Your estimated budget must itemize expenses such as travel, document fees, equipment rentals, and stipends. Be specific. Vague line items may be denied. Identify other sources of funding.

Guidelines for international reporting grants: To be considered, foreign-based story proposals must come from US-based reporters, have a strong US angle involving American citizens, government, or business, and must be published in English, in a media outlet in the United States.

https://investigate.submittable.com/submit/163797/coronavirus-rolling-grant-for-u-s-freelancers

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PEN Emergency Grant for Writers

PEN America will distribute grants of $500 to $1,000 based on applications that demonstrate an inability to meet an acute financial need, especially one resulting from the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak. We have developed a new streamlined process for the duration of this crisis, and expect to be able to review and respond to applications within 14 days.

To be eligible, applicants must be based in the United States, be a professional writer, and be able to demonstrate that this one-time grant will be meaningful in helping them to address an emergency situation. The fund is limited, and not every application can be supported.

The Writers’ Emergency Fund is intended to assist fiction and non-fiction authors, poets, playwrights, screenwriters, translators, and journalists. The following guidelines are used in evaluating professional credentials:

  • Publication of one or more books.
  • Multiple essays, short stories, or poems in literary anthologies or literary journals (either online or in print) in the last two years.
  • A full-length play, performed in a theater of more than 250 seats by a professional theater company. Productions in academic settings qualify if not a student at the time of the production.
  • Production of a motion picture project or a segment of television.
  • Employment as a full-time professional journalist, columnist, or critic or a record of consistent publication on a freelance basis in a range of outlets during the last two years.
  • Contracted forthcoming books, essays, short stories, poems, or articles for which the name of the publisher can be provided.
  • Other qualifications that support the applicant’s professional identity as a writer.

Writers do not have to be Members of PEN America to receive a grant, but all recipients of emergency funding will be given a complimentary one-year membership to PEN America.

https://pen.org/writers-emergency-fund/

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Facebook Journalism Project launches COVID-19 fund

ocal news organizations can apply for this new fund.

The Facebook Journalism Project (FJP) has created the FJP COVID-19 Local News Relief Fund Grant Program.

The program will offer grants of US$25,000 to US$100,000 to help local newsrooms serve their communities during the coronavirus outbreak. 

Preference will be given to organizations that serve immigrant, rural, underserved and economically disadvantaged communities; represent areas where COVID-19 impact is particularly acute; and are family- or community-owned or independent.

The deadline is April 24.

https://ijnet.org/en/opportunity/facebook-journalism-project-launches-covid-19-fund-us

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Staying safe while covering violent protests

https://ijnet.org/en/story/tips-staying-safe-while-covering-violent-protests

Safety basics for covering protests

  • Develop security protocols for every circumstance. Reporters need to go out into the field with protocols established and agreed upon with their editor and team. If an independent reporter lacks support from a newsroom, she should work with other freelance and/or staff colleagues to create a common protocol.
  • When possible, plan coverage with as much detail as possible. This should ideally include pre-scouting the area they’ll be covering. When journalists are in an area for the first time, they should do a quick inspection and identify escape routes and places where they can protect themselves in case violence erupts. This inspection could also include identifying elevated areas where they can take photos or record video.
  • Be aware of who the violent actors are and their political, religious, economic or cultural motivations. Journalists need to know — with as much detail as possible — which actors will respond most aggressively to journalists and what that aggression will look like.
  • Decide for yourself what kinds of circumstances require wearing distinctive IDs or jackets to identify yourself as a journalist. As a general rule, it’s usually better to be plainly identified as a member of the media, but in some cases this could attract more violence. In any case, IDs should always be on hand and available so they can be used when necessary.
  • Two-way communication with the newsroom needs to be constant. Journalists in the field should carry fully-powered, external batteries for their mobile phones. If possible, journalists can carry an additional small phone with them to use exclusively for making calls — it doesn’t have to be a smartphone.
  • Avoid contact with groups promoting violence or security forces who are about to deploy crowd control measures. When circumstances permit, it’s recommended to maintain a distance of at least 10 to 15 meters from those threatening to use violence. If you’re able to approach these actors in a controlled way, make sure these encounters are brief and organized. At all costs, it’s indispensable to avoid getting stuck in a confrontation between rival protesters or between protesters and security forces. 
  • Do Facebook Live broadcasts in teams of two or more people, so that way at least one person can pay attention to what’s happening in the area while also protecting the other person’s back. If there is violence, the reporter needs to be able to interrupt the transmission if his security is at risk.
  • Interviews with protestors or other actors should take place on street corners, with the interviewee up against a wall. The reporter should be able to have a complete view of what’s happening around them.
  • In cross-fire situations or if protesters are being fired upon, journalists should be trained in ducking down, seeking cover, identifying whether they are really hearing gunfire, and then identifying the source and the shooter(s). Journalists should also follow these steps when encountering rubber bullet fire. These can be lethal or cause severe damage if they hit the eyes.
  • Don’t use wet cloth in the event of a tear gas attack, as some tear gas substances can react negatively with water. Journalists in South Africa, for example, use condom lubricant to wipe their faces if they are tear gassed.
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