GRID-Arendal, through its Environmental Crime Programme, seeks grant applications for investigative journalism projects. Two grant recipients will receive NOK 25,000 (approximately 2,500 Euros) each for investigations focusing on illegal fisheries and illegal logging. We are looking for stories that break new ground and expose possible connections to organized crime or human rights in a country that is on the DAC list of Official Development Assistance (ODA) recipients.
The grant covers out-of-pocket expenses such as travel, document retrieval, interviews, equipment rental and other documentation costs.
Proposals must come from a professional journalist with experience in the field of investigative journalism.
The proposal should be in line with this year’s priorities – illegal fisheries and illegal logging (one grant will be given for each topic).
The applicant should have done some preliminary work in their field of research;
The applicant agrees to give credit to GRID-Arendal if/when the story is published and grants GRID-Arendal the right to re-publish the story.
The applicant’s resume
Two letters of recommendation
List of applicant’s previous publications
Detailed and clear plan for evidence gathering. It should include: (1) the applicant’s topic and preliminary work; (2) geographic focus; (3) expected results; (4) evidence gathering procedures; (5) timeline from start to end; (6) proposed title of the story
Detailed publishing plan explaining where and how the applicant is planning to publish the story and in which language(s).
All application documents must be written in English and budgets expressed in Norwegian kroner.
The above requirements should be submitted as one PDF file.
Applications that are incomplete or do not meet the requirements will be automatically discarded.
How to apply
Applications should be addressed to Valentin Emelin (firstname.lastname@example.org), Environmental Crime Programme Leader, and Siri Olsson (email@example.com), Research Assistant, GRID-Arendal. The deadline for submission of application is 16 June 2019. Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee at GRID-Arendal and winners will be announced on 12 August 2019 on GRID-Arendal’s website and during an event at Arendalsuka 2019.
If you’re interested in producing a story for Radio Ambulante, you can send your pitch to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’re always looking for surprising, moving stories from Latin America. When writing us with a pitch, the most important thing is to be very specific. Whom do you intend to interview, and what story do they have to tell? What’s the larger context that makes this story compelling? In what ways does the story teach us something new? Please be detailed, without being long-winded. Above all, be entertaining.
Make sure you tell us about your experience in journalism (whether in radio or print), and what kind of equipment you’re using to record. Note that we accept audio in .wav or .aiff formats (not mp3), recorded at 44.1 khz with 16-bit sampling.
Please no portraits of NGOs, no vague proposals (ie. “I’d like to interview my grandfather.”), and no publicity requests. Keep in mind that we work with long lead times, and may take as long as a month to respond, however rest assured that we read and consider each and every proposal that comes in. http://radioambulante.org/en/about/pitch-a-story
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As part of the IWMF’s partnership with Malaria No More, four journalists will travel to Rwanda fromSeptember 16-27, 2019 (11 days total: 9 days in country and 1 travel day each way) for a reporting fellowship on Rwanda’s efforts to end malaria, the impact U.S. investments in supporting those efforts are having on Rwandan women and girls, and the role that women are playing in leading the fight against malaria.
Fellows will participate in high-level briefings from experts at the outset of the trip to inform their reporting, and will have the opportunity to gain access to a variety of sources and sites related to the reporting trip theme, to network with other journalists, and to report collaboratively with their peers.
Travel for reporting will be within a three-hour radius of Kigali. The IWMF arranges travel and in-country logistics for all fellows. The IWMF also covers fellowship-related costs within the framework of the reporting trip including travel, visa fees, lodging, meals and fixers/interpreters, unless a selected journalist’s news organization wishes to assume these costs. Fellows living outside the U.S. are responsible for procuring all necessary visas for which they will be reimbursed at the conclusion of the fellowship.
Application Instructions: The IWMF’s 2019 Rwanda Reporting Fellowship is open to individuals. Each applicant must provide their personal information and work samples, in addition to submitting a statement of interest, story plans, plans for publication and letter of support.
We are accepting applications from May 30, 2019 until June 23, 2019 at 11:59 EST
The fight against malaria
Malaria is one of oldest and deadliest diseases, devastating families, communities, and countries for millennia. Women and children are disproportionately impacted by this preventable, treatable disease.
Since 2000, sustained efforts by the U.S. and partner governments, non-profit organizations and individuals saved 7 million lives and prevented more than 1 billion cases, representing one of the greatest public health success stories of our time.
Despite tremendous gains, malaria cases in the highest burden countries increased in 2016 and 2017, according to WHO’s World Malaria Report 2018, putting progress to-date at risk. Today, more than half the world’s population is at risk of malaria, and a child dies every two minutes from this preventable disease.
Yet, we have the tools to end malaria. Continuing U.S. leadership and increasing investments by malaria-affected and donor countries to end malaria will save millions more lives, mostly pregnant women and children in Africa, and unlock immeasurable human potential.
Rwanda and malaria
Between 2000 and 2011, Rwanda reduced malaria cases by more than 80%. Like many other high malaria burden countries in Africa, malaria cases in Rwanda started rising again in 2012, but then Rwanda reversed course beginning in 2016. According to the WHO, Rwanda was one of only 4 countries globally that succeeded in driving down malaria cases between 2016 and 2017. For the first time since 2011, Rwanda reported a reduction in cases, with 430,000 fewer cases reported in 2017 compared with 2016, while most other high burden countries continued to see case increases.
With more than 12 million people and surrounded by countries carrying the highest burdens of malaria, Rwandans, from President Paul Kagame to community health workers, are striving to make Rwanda malaria-free. To do this, they’re working through an extensive network of public sector health centers and community health workers, and in close collaboration with partners, such as the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
Much of Rwanda’s recent decrease in malaria cases can be attributed to community-level actions, support from an array of local and international partners, including PMI and the Global Fund, countrywide scale up of bed net distribution and vector control in high burden districts.
Eliminating malaria has many positive impacts on a country’s health and economy, women’s empowerment and professional opportunities, girls’ education, health systems strengthening, global health security and more. Ending malaria means more women and girls unlocking their full potential. With the world’s first female majority parliament, Rwanda is a leader in seeking gender equality. There are many stories to tell in Rwanda about the challenges and successes of fighting malaria to create positive impact for women and girls.
Eligibility Criteria All fellowship applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:
Affiliated or freelance women-identifying journalists with three (3) or more years of professional experience working in news media. Internships do not count toward professional experience.
We encourage all journalists who identify as women, which includes trans women, and non-binary people of all nationalities to apply
Non-native English speakers must have excellent written and verbal English skills in order to fully participate in and benefit from the program.
Applicant must be able to show proof of interest from an editor or have a proven track record of publication in prominent media outlets.
About the IWMF
Founded in 1990, the International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) is the only global non-profit organization that offers emergency support, safety training, reporting opportunities and funding avenues specifically for female journalists. We are making more women’s bylines possible and work tirelessly to ensure a greater diversity of voices represented in the news industry worldwide.
Malaria No More envisions a world where no one dies from a mosquito bite. More than a decade into our mission, our work has contributed to historic progress toward this goal. Now, we’re mobilizing the political commitment, funding, and innovation required to achieve what would be one of the greatest humanitarian accomplishments – ending malaria within our generation.
Really likes working with others. Everybody at ProPublica has their own superpower, whether it’s sourcing, document-diving, data, engagement or design. And we do our best work together. We know there are great candidates who won’t fit every trait we’ve described above or who have important skills we haven’t thought of. If that’s you, don’t hesitate to apply. There’s a place on the application for you to tell us more. We are dedicated to improving our newsroom, in part by better reflecting the people we cover. (Here is a breakdown of our own staff.) We are committed to building an inclusive environment for people of all backgrounds and ages, and we’re taking active steps to meet this commitment. We especially encourage members of historically underrepresented communities to apply, including people of color, LGBTQ people and people with disabilities.
The Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists, the first funding initiative of its kind, enables the IWMF to dramatically expand its support of women journalists. Established with a $4 million gift from the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, the Fund supports projects including educational opportunities, investigative reporting and media development initiatives.
Funding rounds will open for applications in January and June of each year; applications take 6-8 weeks to process. The next round of applications will be open from January 14- February 25 2019. Applicants may apply for concurrently for Reporting Grants for Women’s Stories and the Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists.
An applicant must identify as a woman and be a full time professional practicing journalist with more than 3 years of post-graduate journalism experience. If applicable, teams of journalists may apply, but the team leader must be a woman journalist and the group must include at least 50 percent women.About the Fund
The IWMF’s Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists supports the production of ambitious projects and underreported, globally important stories. For the next eight years, the IWMF will make an annual total of $230,000 worth of grants to support women journalists in their projects and endeavors. The fund is not limited in either the grant dollar amount or the number of grants awarded within the annual total.
The fund was designed to help women journalists from around the world by providing grantees support to
Expose under-reported but critical global issues
Undertake ambitious projects that challenge traditional media narratives
Develop field-based expertise and strengthen careers
Pursue critical skills training and leadership opportunities
Launch entrepreneurial news projects or acquire the skill to do so
A voting committee comprised of distinguished IWMF Board Members, Courage in Journalism Awardees, former IWMF grantees, and senior practicing journalists will select grantees.
Applicants will be notified of the fund’s grant decisions approximately 6-8 weeks after the deadline for each funding round*. We will work with individual grants recipients to determine a completion timeline that best suits the project – most project timelines are six months to one year long and funds are distributed when the grant recipients are chosen.
Applicants are encouraged to consider their project publication or production plans in advance of submission and may include an optional letter of support for their project.
FIJ offers special grants that have different guidelines, as described in the application form.
FIJ’s Board of Directors meets three times each year to consider applications. The next deadline is Monday, Feb. 4, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time. That means the deadline for the U.S. West Coast is 8:59 p.m.
The maximum grant is $10,000. Grants cover out-of-pocket expenses such as travel, document collection and equipment rental. The Fund also considers requests for small stipends, as part of the budget.
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The International Center for Journalists offers two types of opportunities for an ICFJ Knight Fellowship: Candidates may either propose a Fellowship or apply to a Fellowship opening (listed below). ICFJ accepts applications from candidates proposing their own Fellowship on a rolling basis throughout the year, and will select candidates based on fit for the mission and program criteria, and availability of funding. Periodically, ICFJ also posts openings for specific Fellowships that are developed based on opportunities for impact identified by the program or tailored to requirements of a Fellowship funder.
All interested candidates must complete a Fellowship application, and select whether they are proposing a Fellowship or applying to a Fellowship opening. All applications require a proposal as part of the application.
Successful proposals will target news innovation in one or more of the key areas of innovation listed under Fellowship Criteria below. Proposals should outline Fellowships that include multiple, complementary projects. They should clearly state how each of the projects will help to measurable results for newsrooms, journalists and society. We will not consider proposals that simply offer training to journalists or teach students. We are not likely to consider proposals that need substantial fundraising during the Fellowship to achieve their objectives.
Before submitting an application, all candidates should read our program overview and criteria below to ensure proper understanding of the program and submission of a strong application.
Applications, CVs and resumes must be in English. Relevant work samples or supporting material for project proposals may be in the applicant’s native language. To become a Fellow, professional proficiency in English is required.
ICFJ will review applications in a timely fashion and contact a selection of candidates for interview(s) based on their fit and strength of their proposal. ICFJ may also contact potential partners regarding the fit and proposal strength. All references will be contacted for those candidates that advance.
ICFJ will offer the Fellowship in writing to the candidate deemed to have the best fit and strongest proposal. In the event that that offer is accepted, ICFJ will work with the accepting candidate to identify an appropriate start date for the Fellowship. All Fellows must sign a contract with ICFJ that details the terms of the Fellowship and agreement with ICFJ. ICFJ will lead an in-person or virtual orientation that explains the program policies and works with the Fellow to design the initial Fellowship plan.
For any questions about the application process, please contact Program Assistant Luisa Pires Luciano, email@example.com.
The ICFJ Knight Fellowships are designed to instill a culture of news innovation and experimentation worldwide. Fellows primarily work with newsrooms to seed new ideas and services that deepen coverage, expand news delivery and engage citizens with the ultimate goal to improve people’s lives. They work in key areas of innovation such as newsroom transformation, entrepreneurship and business models, technology creation and adoption, diverse voices in news, investigative reporting, digital security and specialized reporting on health, gender and development. Each project should be designed to ensure that the impacts and achievements last beyond the Fellowship. Fellowships are typically a minimum of one year, and may be extended by ICFJ depending on funding and the opportunity for greater impact. Fellowship projects must produce measurable results.
For more information our criteria for Fellowships, see our Overview page.
Fellow candidates may be from any country and must have the experience and skills necessary to lead their Fellowship projects, and be able to act as a thought leader for broader influence on media.
Experience working in newsrooms
Experience creating digital media content, and audience development and engagement strategy
Experience managing digital production and innovation teams, while working to tight deadlines
Experience incorporating the use of interactive, immersive and/or data journalism technologies in news media
Experience measuring results, such as the impact of content, adoption of technology and audience engagement
Ability to clearly communicate program results
Success at replicating, adapting and creating technologies to answer local needs
Strong leadership skills
Strong project- and time-management skills
Experience in the target region
Fluency (speaking, reading and writing) in the local language of the target country/region and English
Training or coaching experience
ICFJ Knight Fellows also act as “thought leaders,” which means they should be able to effectively share their experiences and lessons learned on the Knight International Media Innovators page on IJNet.org, and speak at top conferences focusing on media and information innovation.
A key to our model is that we fund Fellows to collaborate with partners that pool their own resources to achieve our mutual goals. As a result, partnership is essential to the mission of the program. Partners are typically newsrooms, but can also include tech companies, NGOs, universities and others. ICFJ will work with Fellows to establish and ensure the success of partnerships as needed during the Fellowship. Candidates are encouraged to identify and establish partnerships prior to submitting their Fellowship proposals to strengthen their applications.
During the Fellowship, each Fellow receives an allowance for expenses related to the Fellowship. Expenses are calculated based on a the needs of the Fellowship in the context of local market rates. Depending on the nature of the Fellowship, they can include coverage of reasonable living, travel and professional expenses. Fellows receive an honorarium based on the nature of the services of the Fellow and market rates.
Fellows are expected to work full-time on their Fellowship projects. Exceptions have been made on a case-by-case basis. Fellows may not work as journalists during the Fellowship.
Twenty-five to 30 young journalists will join 1,200 partners dedicated to supporting women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health at the 2018 Partners’ Forum in New Delhi. Participants will also have the opportunity to tell their own stories about why covering these health topics matter and how the public health community can better work with journalists.
ICFJ will hold an orientation to prepare the journalists to cover the conference and help develop their story ideas.
Journalists from Afghanistan, Cambodia, Chile, Germany, Guatemala, Malawi, Malaysia, Indonesia, India, Sierra Leone, South Africa and the United States are especially encouraged to apply.
The program will cover airfare, lodging and meals.
The Fund for Investigative Journalism is proud to announce partnerships with four of the country’s most innovative journalism nonprofits for a yearlong fellowship program that aims to expand opportunities for diverse journalists in watchdog reporting, with an emphasis on journalists of color.
InsideClimate News, The Marshall Project and Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting are joining FIJ in this important collaboration to train more investigative journalists and help draw focus to stories that might otherwise go untold.
The Ida B. Wells Society for Investigative Reporting will play a supporting role by providing fellows with additonal training and support.
“It is critically important to support and train a new generation of investigative journalists,” said FIJ Board President Marcia Bullard. “We’re excited to offer diverse journalists the opportunity to work with these stellar journalism organizations.”
FIJ and its partners will select up to four fellows who will work with one of FIJ’s partner outlets to produce deeply reported investigations on climate change and the environment, social justice and the U.S. criminal justice system, and government accountability and the abuse of power.
Fellows will have access to reporting expertise and other resources offered by partner outlets. Each will get guidance from some of the industry’s best editors and investigative journalists.
This will be the third year that FIJ is offering diversity fellowships. So far, 11 journalists have taken part in the program.
For nearly half a century, the Fund for Investigative Journalism has supported the work of independent journalists who have lacked the resources needed to pursue their investigations. The late Philip M. Stern founded FIJ in 1969 to invest in the work of determined journalists in the fight against racism, poverty, corporate greed and governmental corruption. FIJ-supported projects have won a wide array of journalistic honors, including the Pulitzer Prize, the Peabody Award, the George Polk Award, the Sigma Delta Chi Award and many more.
“I’ve watched FIJ grow this program over the years and patterned parts of our own fellowship program on theirs,” said Amy Pyle, editor in chief of Reveal/CIR. “I look forward to supporting FIJ in promoting the work and advancement of journalists with diverse backgrounds and perspectives.”
Reveal, a product of the country’s oldest nonprofit investigative newsroom, engages and empowers the public through investigative journalism and groundbreaking storytelling that sparks action, improves lives and protects our democracy. Reveal publishes its work on its website, public radio program and podcast (produced with PRX), social media platforms and in partnership with media partners nationwide and around the world.
Reveal looks for stories that are unique and deeply investigative that clearly pinpoint who is responsible, with the potential for driving change.
FIJ’s partners are recognized across the industry for the rigor of their journalism, their expertise in their respective reporting areas and for the innovative ways in which they engage with their audiences.
“We’re thrilled that the Fund for Investigative Journalism is making this opportunity available to The Marshall Project,” said Carroll Bogert, president of The Marshall Project. “We look forward to working with our FIJ fellow to produce a stellar piece of investigative journalism that will have real impact on the criminal justice system.”
The Marshall Project is a nonprofit, nonpartisan newsroom covering criminal justice issues in the United States. Launched four years ago, it has published more than 1,200 stories with over 100 media partners and has won many top journalism awards, including the Pulitzer. The Marshall Project prioritizes stories that require deep digging and have not been covered by other news outlets – including stories about immigration as a parallel criminal justice system.
FIJ is also proud to partner with InsideClimate News, another Pulitzer Prize-winning nonprofit and nonpartisan news organization. ICN provides essential reporting and analysis on climate change, energy and the environment. It serves as a watchdog on government, industry and advocacy groups.
“We’re delighted to work with the Fund for Investigative Journalism on this important project and to bring an FIJ fellow into our newsroom and community,” said Stacy Feldman, ICN’s executive editor. “We’re covering complex, dramatic and urgent stories of climate change and environmental injustice, and it’s crucial to have reporters from a broad range of perspectives and background to help us tell them.”
Started 11 years ago as a two-person blog, ICN has grown into one of the largest environmental newsrooms in the country. ICN is committed to establishing a national reporting network, training the next generation of journalists and strengthening the practice of environmental journalism.
The Ida B. Wells Society is dedicated to increasing and retaining reporters and editors of color in the field of investigative reporting. The organization, which is spearheaded by veteran journalists, also seeks to educate news organizations and journalists on how the inclusion of diverse voices can raise the caliber, impact and visibility of investigative journalism as a means of promoting transparency and good government. The Society is open to journalists of all races and backgrounds who support the mission of the organization.
For more information, contact FIJ Executive Director Sandy Bergo, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The NABJ Global Journalism Task Force exists to increase and improve black journalists’ coverage of other countries as well as the African Diaspora by strengthening resources, maintaining an international sourcebook and fostering the idea that reporters need not be foreign correspondents to cover news in the world’s 195 countries. The task force recognizes groundbreaking work by African journalists with the annual Percy Qoboza Award and provides opportunities for foreign coverage through the Ethel Payne Fellowship.