Call for Entries: The Michael Elliott Award for Excellence in African Storytelling


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The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) in collaboration with ONE and the Elliott family seek entries for the inaugural 2017 Michael Elliott Award for Excellence in African Storytelling. Mike served as a distinguished editor at The Economist, Newsweek and Time before becoming CEO of ONE. Earlier this year, he had spoken of his dream to establish an award that would bring together his belief in great journalism with his commitment to progress in Africa.

This annual award in his name will honor an up-and-coming journalist in Africa who tells important stories through quality reporting.

The award winner will receive a $5,000 cash prize to pursue an in-depth reporting project. The winner will also spend time in U.S. newsrooms to learn new skills and receive mentorship from ICFJ, helping to catalyze additional reporting that engages and empowers Africans.

• The contest is open to up-and-coming, English-speaking journalists working for print, broadcast and online news media based in Africa.
• Applicants must submit a published story or series that reflects top-notch storytelling about important issues.
• Submissions can include feature stories; in-depth, investigative or explanatory pieces; or multimedia reports or documentaries.
• Published stories or broadcasts must be submitted in English. Works in other languages must include English translations.

Entries must be submitted by 11:59 p.m., U.S. Eastern time, Monday, January 30, 2017. Apply here.

A distinguished jury will select the inaugural honoree. The winner will be announced March 15, 2017, and will be honored at ICFJ’s Board Dinner in New York on May 31, 2017.

For more information on the Michael Elliott Award, please send an email to Alyssa Mesich at

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Grant available for literary reporting

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The Matthew Power Literary Reporting Award is a grant of $12,500 to support the work of a promising early-career nonfiction writer on a story that uncovers truths about the human condition. In 2017 for the first time we will also name a runner-up, who will receive $2,500.

Offered for the first time in 2015, the Award has been endowed by individuals and organizations touched by the life and work of Matthew Power, a wide-roving and award-winning journalist who sought to live and share the experience of the individuals and places on which he was reporting. Power, a longtime friend of the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, died in March 2014, while on assignment in Uganda.

The award proceeds from the recognition that many important stories need to be reported from afar, and that publications do not always have the resources to send a writer where the story is. The money need not be used exclusively for travel, but we expect that most successful applications will include such expenses.

A panel of NYU journalism professors, outside writers, and editors will review the proposals. Finalists may be asked to interview in person or by Skype.

The judges will be interested in perpetuating Power’s legacy, as his former editor Roger Hodge put it, of “strong, character-driven narratives with detailed scene writing and lyrical description.” Power was always open to the absurdity that often attends politics and international affairs; he was always searching, as he put it, for “the human truth beneath the sorry facts.” Power’s ultimate ambition, he added, was literary beauty.

That said, judges will be looking for a writer as singular in his or her own approach as Power was in his.

The award will not fund proposals to report on armed conflicts where journalists are already imperiled, nor projects that are mainly investigatory. Winners will receive visiting scholar privileges at NYU, granting them library access and, staffing and space permitting, an office.

Matthew Power Literary Reporting Award

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CatchLight visual storytelling Fellowship

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At CatchLight, we believe it’s never been more important to use the power of photography to drive measurable social change.

The inaugural CatchLight Fellowship of $30,000 will be awarded annually to each of 3 creative leaders in the field of visual storytelling, who have demonstrated excellence in the novel use of photography to depict and bring awareness to challenging social issues. The grants will build on work by each of the Fellows with potential to achieve a next level of excellence in visual storytelling, innovation in distribution and measurable social impact.

As a core program of CatchLight, the intention of the CatchLight Fellowship is to activate a vibrant community of creative thought leaders and storytellers, whose work will be progressively informed and enhanced by interaction with one another.  Each year, a new cohort of Fellows will be chosen, and encouraged to attend our November celebration weekend as presenter, mentor and inspiration to each other and the community as a whole. A CatchLight Fellowship is awarded for life.

In addition, each Catchlight Fellowship is co-sponsored by one of our partners, who will participate on the final jury, and will offer their expertise and distribution structures to the service of their selected fellow. The 2017 partners are The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, The Center for Investigative Reporting, and The Marshall Project

The Fellowship is open to working professionals of any age and from any country who have demonstrated excellence in working with visual storytelling and a commitment to effecting social change. Applicants may work in a broad range of visual formats including photography, video, audio, motion or VR. There are no issues or methodology that CatchLight prioritizes over another; we are looking for new ideas for audience engagement on a social issue – be it local or global – that is important today. The Fellows will have chosen their own themes and issues, and proposed unique and compelling ways of creation and distribution.

We seek a breadth of creativity and representation: geography, gender, issue, medium, and tool. The CatchLight Fellowship pool will be formed by both nomination and open call. Application includes work samples, professional references, a written proposal with the scope of project, and potential ideas for partnerships and distribution avenues that best fit the proposal. Applications will be reviewed and shortlisted by a geographically and professionally diverse jury. There is no fee to apply.

Leadership Team
Nancy Farese, CatchLight Executive Director and Founder
Stephen Mayes, Executive Director, Tim Hetherington Trust
Ed Kashi, Photographer, VII Photo Agency
Robert Rosenthal, Executive Director, Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting

Nominating Team
The CatchLight Fellowship pool will be formed by both nomination and open call. We are honored to have the following group of nominators:

Ed Kashi, Photographer, VII Photo Agency
Carroll Bogert, The Marshall Project
Teru Kuwayama, Instagram
Amy Yenkin, Independent Photo Editor
Jon Sawyer, Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting
Dan Milnor, Blurb
Mark Murmann, Mother Jones
Shahidul Alam, Photojournalist and Writer, Bangladesh
Yukiko Yamagata, Open Society Foundations
Cora Fisher, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Arts
Gina Martin, National Geographic
Aidan Sullivan, Getty Images
Amy Pereira,
James Estrin, The New York Times LENSBLOG
Paul Lowe, Director at the London College of Communication, England
Jamie Wellford, National Geographic
Lacy Austin, Director of Community Programs, International Center of Photography
Lekgetho Makola, The Market Photo Workshops, South Africa
Marc Prüst, Noorderlicht Photo Festival, The Netherlands
Robert Rosenthal, Reveal, from the Center for Investigative Reporting

Where can I learn more? Write us at

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Photo contest highlights water issues

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Professional and amateur photographers are invited to enter this contest.

Water Integrity Network seeks images that help show the impact of corruption, poor governance and/or integrity in water and wastewater management.

The first place winner will receive a US$1,000 voucher for photo equipment. The second and third place winners will be awarded with  US$500 and US$250 vouchers, respectively.

The deadline is Jan. 31, 2017.

For more information, click here.


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Journalism fellowships at Oxford


The Thomson Reuters Foundation Fellowship, founded in 1983, offers an opportunity for experienced journalists wishing to undertake research projects on a variety of subjects. Approximately 6 Thomson Reuters Fellows study each year on fully-funded Fellowships for three or six months (one or two terms). Fellows receive a modest living allowance of £1,500 per month. Thomson Reuters Fellows are drawn from dozens of countries around the world from both print and broadcast media. Mid-career journalists from any country in the world are eligible.

Recent Fellows and their projects:

  • Ben Doherty (2014-15) The semantics of seeking asylum: an examination of the impact of changing media and political discourses on public opinion of refugees and asylum seekers
  • Carlvins Ouma Odera (2014-15) Failed media, failed democracy? The role of journalists in the making of South Sudan
  • Razeshta Sethna (2014-15) The militant in the media: Intimidating, violent and virulent
  • Jairo Mejia (2014-15) Reinventing the wire: how to prepare for constant disruptions
  • Sumit Pande (2014-15) The Role of Social Media: Changing Paradigm and Experiments with Participatory Democracy by Political Parties in India
  • Chen Chenchen (2014-15) Ideological diversity in Chinese media: where will ongoing leftist vs. rightist media cleavage lead?
  • Catherine Gicheru (2013-14) The factors behind the establishment and success of independent print media in select countries in Africa in recent years
  • Runfeng He (2013-14) How does the Chinese government manage social media? The case of Weibo
  • Flávia Marreiro (2013-14) The underground communications networks in Cuba

For more information on how to apply, please click here

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National Geographic launches contest to search for digital correspondent

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Individuals ages 21 and older can enter this contest.

National Geographic is launching “Assignment: Explorer,” a nationwide search for a digital correspondent with a unique point of view to bring content to its digital audience.

The digital correspondent will travel around the world and share stories in his or her in-the-field segments for its social channels. This is a paid position.

Candidates must pick a topic and create a 2-minute video report that showcases their skills. The topics are: 1- If you could explore outer space or the depths of the earth’s oceans, which would you choose – and why? 2- Who or what is interesting in your town? How has this helped shape your point of view? And 3- What’s next in culture, business or science that could forever alter our lives?

Finalists will be invited to New York to participate in the three-day final round.

The deadline to submit a video is Dec. 20.

For more information, click here.

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The Wall Street Journal offers photo, graphics internships

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Undergraduate, graduate students and recent graduates who want to pursue a career in journalism can apply for a paid internship in New York.

The Wall Street Journal is selecting candidates for 2017 summer photography and graphics internships. The internships take place over June, July and August, though start dates can be flexible.

Photo interns must have a basic understanding of photography and photo editing programs such as Photoshop and Photo Mechanic.

Graphics interns who focus on static data visualization must have experience in Adobe Illustrator. For interactive graphics interns, experience with HTML, CSS, Javascript and D3.js are all considered assets.

The deadline is Dec. 1.

For more information, click here for the photography internship and here for the graphics internship.

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Internews seeks program director


The Project Director will be responsible for overseeing the overall program implementation and management of an anticipated US Department of State funded “Support for Peaceful Elections in Kenya”, a media and advocacy program aiming to mitigate triggers for election violence and address underlying drivers of anticipated ethical or political violence in Kenya.

The Project Director will provide strategic guidance and leadership for the program; coordinate technical, legal and professional capacity building assistance to partners and beneficiaries; ensure proper oversight of Internews personnel, financial management and administration; and coordinate with other stakeholders in the region to ensure that Internews leverages other resources, avoids duplication and complements other media development initiatives. The Project Director will also be responsible for establishing strong partnerships and dialogue with the appropriate donor representatives and stakeholders in Kenya.

Please note that this position is contingent upon funding. Kenyan nationals are strongly encouraged to apply.


ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following; other duties may be assigned:

  • Provide general oversight of the program, including program management, strategic vision, budget management, fiscal integrity, quality and timing of deliverables, and coordination with partners.
  • Design and lead technical activities, including media assessments, training and mentoring.
  • Supervise a team of local staff that includes journalism trainers, program officers, M&E specialist and accountant.
  • Supervise the implementation of sub grants and act as the technical point of contact for sub grantees.
  • Manage Internews staff and consultants that provide technical assistance to local media and CSO partners.
  • Channel timely communication to the funder.
  • Communicate challenges facing the project, and articulate the project’s successes in meeting those challenges.
  • Responsible for the quality, cost, and timeliness of performance of all work performed under the funding contract.
  • Responsible for the Monitoring and Evaluation of the Project.
  • Prepare monthly and quarterly programmatic reports.
  • Strategize new directions for Internews to help independent youth led media.
  • Fundraise for project continuation.
  • Develop and maintain a thorough knowledge of local media in-country.
  • Develop and maintain contact with local stakeholders.
  • Understanding of and demonstrated commitment to upholding Internews’ Core Values.



  • 7 years of professional experience as a media professional or media development expert; OR Relevant professional experience managing capacity building and youth projects in Kenya.
  • Substantial experience working as a Project Manager.
  • USAID or USG experience is preferred.
  • A successful track record in supervising, designing, managing, and implementing technical assistance for donor-funded media projects and proven ability to develop and monitor work plans, training plans, and procurement plans.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage a national staff and an international team of consultants.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, necessary to maintain good relations with relevant stakeholders.
  • Strong writing skills.
  • Fluency in English required, Kiswahili a plus.

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Columbia University offers journalism fellowships

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The Spencer Fellowship for Education Reporting is open to journalists, educators and education policy researchers who want to develop an ambitious, long-form journalism project to advance the understanding of education.

Four fellows will be selected for this highly competitive program, which combines coursework in residence at Columbia Journalism School and Teachers College, and hands-on advising from education writing experts.

Spencer Fellowship applicants are expected to submit the following for a complete package no later than February 1, 2017 for the 2017-2018 academic year. Successful applicants will be notified by April 1.

NOTE: You must use the online application. We cannot process applications that are submitted in any other form.

International candidates may apply. English language proficiency is mandatory, and all materials including publication clips must be translated into English.

The application includes:

  • A professional biography or resume.
  • Three examples of your work that demonstrate a passion for education research and writing, including newspaper and magazine clips, broadcasts, films, books, monographs, academic reports, or other writing samples. Applicants with reporting experience in covering education or educators who are interested in journalism are preferred. You must provide links to any work you submit. We cannot distribute the work to the judges without links. If your sample is not in English, you must provide a translation.
  • An outline of a proposed project in education reporting, including projects currently in progress, must accompany the application, along with an essay explaining how a greater understanding in education research and expertise would materially enhance the project and your ability to cover education. Preference will be given to applicants who can show proof of publication of their work, either through a letter of commitment from a news organization or a book contract. The application should also include the commitment to cover education in the long term.
  • A brief essay on proposed areas of research you anticipate pursuing at Columbia University including courses and professors that may materially enhance your project.
  • An essay about an education trend you have observed. This trend does not have to be related to your project. It is geared to see how you are following education trends and policies.
  • At least three letters of recommendation, including one from the publication that has shown interest in the project.

There are no academic prerequisites. However, the applicant must have an interest in pursuing academic coursework in support of the project. Applicants are encouraged to propose a course work of study, including a list of experts at Columbia who could be enlisted to work with the fellow.

The fellows will work with Columbia Journalism School faculty members who will serve as project advisers. A curriculum specialist will coordinate the selection of the fellows’ academic courses, preferably in the fall semester, either at Teachers College, the Journalism School, or elsewhere at Columbia.

Applicants with a full-time job should provide the school with a letter that approves a leave of absence for the academic year. In turn, the candidate should produce a signed agreement that he or she will rejoin the organization with a finished or nearly finished project.

Each fellow will be awarded a stipend of $75,000 for personal living expenses, plus $7500 for project expenses.

Classes begin the day after Labor Day, with orientation the week before.


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Travel scholarship for photographers available

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Aspiring photographers can apply for a mentored trip to Japan.

World Nomads is accepting applications for a travel photography scholarship. The trip will start Feb. 10, 2017.

The winner will spend 10 days under the mentorship of travel photographer Richard I’Ansondocumenting the quirky and cultural corners of Japan. He or she will also receive Kathmandu outdoor gear (valued at about US$750).

Applicants must be proficient in English and submit a photo story along with an essay on why they should be chosen for this trip.

The deadline is Dec. 14.

For more information, click here.

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