Investigative reporting contest accepting entries

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U.S. news media organizations can apply for an investigative reporting award.

The Joan Shorenstein Center at Harvard seeks entries that have an impact on U.S. public policy at the national, regional or local level for its Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting.

The outlet who best promotes more effective and ethical government conduct, public policy or politics receives US$25,000. Five finalists receive US$10,000 each.

Submissions must have been published in 2015.

The deadline is Dec. 31.

For more information, click here.


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NPR Kroc fellowships open

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Recent graduates interested in public radio journalism can apply for a one-year fellowship with National Public Radio (NPR).

The NPR Kroc Fellowship will train three fellows in public radio journalism – writing, reporting, producing and editing, for both radio and the web.

Fellows will receive a US$40,000 stipend, benefits and a paid vacation. Fellowships will be primarily based at NPR’s Washington headquarters, but may also include an assignment at a member station.

Applications are open to students who have earned an undergraduate or graduate degree on or after Jan, 1, 2015 or who expect to earn an undergraduate or graduate degree by the spring of 2016 before the fellowship begins in August 2016.

Journalism or radio experience is not required. Foreign nationals interested in applying must have the necessary employment authorization.

The deadline to apply is Dec. 31.

For more information, click here.

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Fellowships send journalism students abroad

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Graduate and undergraduate students studying in American universities and Americans studying abroad can apply for one of 15 scholarships or internships.

The Overseas Press Club Foundation is offering US$2,000 scholarships and US$3,000 internships abroad for students pursuing foreign correspondence careers.

The foundation pays travel and living expenses for interns in foreign bureaus at leading news organizations, including the Associated Press, Reuters, GlobalPost, Wall Street Journal and Forbes, and at foreign English-language media companies like the South China Morning Post and Khmer Times.

Winners receive membership with the Overseas Press Club and will attend a reception in New York.

Applicants must submit a cover letter, a resume and a 500-word essay about a region or international issue on which the applicant would like to focus.

The deadline is Dec. 1.

For more information, click here.

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Google offers journalism fellowships

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Undergraduate and graduate students in the United States can apply for a fellowship.

Google is accepting applications for the Google News Lab Fellowship, which is aimed at students interested in using technology to tell stories in new and dynamic ways.

Fellows will have opportunities to research and write stories, contribute to open source data programs and create timely data to frame public debates accurately about issues in the United States and the world.

The program will start in June 2016, with one week at Google in Mountain View, California, followed by nine weeks at one of the participating organizations around the country.

The organizations include the Nieman Journalism Lab, the Center for Investigative Reporting, the Pew Research Center, Poynter, Matter Ventures, ProPublica, the Investigative Reporters & Editors and Witness.

Fellows will receive a stipend of US$8,500 during the summer and a travel budget of US$1,000.

The deadline to apply is Dec. 15.

For more information, click here.

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Contest highlights investigative stories on bribery


Print reporters, citizen journalists and bloggers who focused on bribery cases can compete for a prize.

TRACE International, a nonprofit anti-bribery organization, launched a prize for investigative reporting that focuses on uncovering commercial bribery with the goal of advancing transparency in the business community.

Works must have appeared in print or online in 2015 and may cover actual violations of law as well as activities that create significant conflicts of interest and related misconduct.

Up to two winners will be selected to receive US$10,000 each, in addition to a funded trip to Cambridge University to receive their award at a conference hosted by TRACE International in July 2016 in the United Kingdom.

The deadline to apply is Jan. 29, 2016.

For more information, click here.

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Summer magazine internship open


Rising college seniors can apply for a 10-week program in New York or Washington.

The American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) is accepting candidates for its Magazine Internship Program 2016.

Interns participate in a three-day orientation program in May and learn the fundamentals of reporting, fact checking and copy editing. They also attend special events in New York and Washington and meet for lunch with top editors.

Only full-time students with a grade point average of at least 3.0 will be considered for the internship. Interns receive a minimum of US$350 per week.

The deadline is Dec. 1.

For more information, click here.

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NED offers grants for media projects

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Independent media organizations, civic groups and associations can apply.

The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) is seeking proposals for projects that advance democratic goals and strengthen democratic institutions.

NED encourages applications from organizations working in diverse environments including newly established democracies, semi-authoritarian countries, highly repressive societies and countries undergoing democratic transition.

Grant amounts vary depending on the size and scope of the projects, but the average grant lasts 12 months and is around US$50,000.

NED is interested in proposals from organizations for nonpartisan programs that seek to: promote and defend human rights and the rule of law, support freedom of information and independent media, and promote accountability and transparency.

The deadline to submit proposals is Jan. 15, 2016.

For more information, click here.

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Wealth of Nations seeks journalists

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Journalists with at least two years of experience can apply for this program.

Wealth of Nations, run by the Thomson Reuters Foundation in collaboration with the African Centre for Media ExcellenceThe Institute for the Advancement of Journalism and others, is looking for skilled investigative or financial/business journalists based anywhere in Africa.

The selected journalists will take part in a long-term engagement that includes the production of stories or investigations on illicit financial flows; a mentoring support scheme that will help produce these stories; and intensive training on reporting illicit finance.

Journalists must complete produce at least one story or investigation on illicit financial flows.

The deadline is Jan. 11, 2016.

For more information, click here.

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NPR seeks music, video intern


Aspiring producers can apply for this internship.

NPR is offering a spring/winter internship at its music department in Washington or New York.

Interns assist in the production of videos for NPR Music, from researching locations, transporting gear, running cables and operating cameras for live concert video shoots; work in post-production of videos, including pulling clips, topping & tailing, editing, encoding, and publishing to web; manage the archives; and research production solutions.

Candidates must have proficiency shooting video with DSLRs and/or C100s, expertise with Final Cut X and/or Adobe Premiere and an aptitude in storytelling through editing.

The deadline is Nov. 21.

For more information, click here.

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UNESCO seeks entries for design contest on World Press Freedom Day

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Designers are invited to create the “global look” for the visual identity of World Press Freedom Day 2016.

UNESCO is seeking entries for its global design contest for World Press Freedom Day on May 3, 2016. The theme is “This Is Your Right! Access to Information and Fundamental Freedoms.”

Designs should encapsulate the idea of culture of openness and transparency. Entries must be in A4-size (portrait) and vector format.

The winner will be remunerated to create the World Press Freedom Day design for print and online uses. Honorable mentions will be awarded to the top 19 submissions. Selected submissions will be featured on UNESCO’s website for the World Press Freedom Day.

The deadline is Nov. 20.

For more information, click here.

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