Civil Unrest & First Aid Online Training

The ACOS Alliance is offering freelance journalists currently covering the protests in the US FREE access to a certified Civil Unrest & First Aid online safety training course provided experienced media safety trainers at Silk Road Training.

We understand the urgency for this training to be made available as soon as possible and we’ll be granting bursaries on a first come basis, providing that applicants are eligible for this course. We’ll be processing applications as these are being submitted and will respond to all applicants as soon as possible. Selected participants will have access to the course in less than 24 hours after being accepted.

Silk Road has produced this online course to build core skills for working in and around crowds, security forces and civil unrest as well as giving you life saving first aid knowledge. The learning is delivered through trainer led videos, interactive presentations and quizzes and will take approximately four hours – although the course will be entirely self-paced. This course is about assessing risk, implementing mitigation measures, designing contingency plans and giving you the skills to respond in an emergency. The course will help you to avoid personal violence and develop the ability to assess a crowd situation and learn about safe positioning and methods of safe extraction from an uncontrolled situation.

The modules can be completed in any order and there will be accompanying webinars scheduled so you can get any questions you may have answered – you will also be able to email and ask questions directly as you progress through the course. Webinars dates will be confirmed in advance.

Selected participants will have free access to the course for 30 days from the first day they log in. 

Participants must meet the following requirements:

  • Secure access to a laptop, computer or tablet; and a good internet connection. Participants should be able to log in to Silk Road’s training platform using a unique password, play videos, download materials, and connect to live webinars (camera and headphones or speakers needed).
  • Be a freelance journalist currently covering the protests in the US. 
  • Priority will be given to those who have not completed a safety training course before, however the course is open to freelancers in need of a refresher.
  • Complete the course in full. The ACOS Alliance and Silk Road are keen to evaluate the impact and performance of this course, and participants are expected to provide comprehensive feedback.

On completion of the full online course, Silk Road will provide participants with certification detailing their success. 

The ACOS Alliance (A Culture of Safety Alliance) is an unprecedented coalition of news organisations, freelance journalist associations and press freedom organisations working together to champion safe and responsible journalistic practices for freelance and local journalists worldwide. The Alliance facilitates collaborative initiatives to improve the safety of journalists exposed to danger. Submitting this form does not guarantee a bursary.

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Society of Environmental Journalists reporting grants

he Society of Environmental Journalists is now accepting proposals for story grants on:

  • Climate or conservation in North America
  • Water quality and availability in the United States
  • Mississippi River Basin, including agriculture, food, water and sustainability
  • Oceans and coasts globally, including fisheries, sea-level rise and coastal restoration

NEW: This FEJ round has a rolling deadline. Rapid Response Grants (including stipend) are available up to $2500 per individual or $5000 for team or news outlet projects.

This competition is generously underwritten by The Hewlett FoundationThe Bullitt FoundationWalton Family Foundation and other foundation and individual donors to the Fund for Environmental Journalism.

  • FEJ grants support development and dissemination of significant coverage that otherwise could not be completed.
  • Winning projects are selected by an independent jury of journalists based on newsworthiness, topical relevance, publication plan and track record of the applicant, among other factors.

Please read: FEJ Proposal Guidelines and Application Form

Sign up for FEJ info to receive announcements of upcoming competitions and other FEJ-related information.


Only people who qualify for membership in SEJ are eligible to apply for Fund for Environmental Journalism grants, that is, you must be a journalist, professor or student who is not employed to do any public relations work on environmental issues. If your work includes public relations writing, concerning environmental issues, please don’t continue. See guidelines.


If you are a member of SEJ, the application fee is waived. For nonmembers, the fee is $40. If you join SEJ before you apply for the fund, your membership’s first-year dues are $40 and the application fee for the fund will be waived subsequent to your being accepted into the membership.

In addition, entry fees will be waived for members of diversity journalism associations (e.g., National Association of Hispanic Journalists, National Association of Black Journalists, Native American Journalists Association, Asian American Journalists Association, South Asian Journalists Association, Association of LGBTQ Journalists). See guidelines.


Winning projects are selected by an independent jury of editors appointed by the Society of Environmental Journalists Board of Directors. SEJ maintains a strict policy of confidentiality with regard to story ideas submitted through FEJ competitions.

  • Grantees retain full editorial control of FEJ-funded coverage.
  • Donors have no right of review and no influence on story plans made possible in part by their contributions.
  • Binding agreements between donors and the Society of Environmental Journalists and between SEJ and grantees of its Fund for Environmental Journalism reinforce this policy of editorial independence.
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Journalists of Color: Apply for ProPublica’s Emerging Reporters Program

What is ProPublica’s Emerging Reporters Program?

The Emerging Reporters Program provides a $9,000 stipend, along with mentoring and trips to the National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting conference and our New York office (or, this year, virtual programming!), for five students each year who work or want to work at college journalism outlets: newspapers, websites, radio stations or TV stations. Check out our previous fellows, and apply here.

Why does ProPublica’s Emerging Reporters Program exist?

People of color are underrepresented in our nation’s newsrooms. A survey by the American Society of News Editors suggests that people of color make up just a quarter of U.S. newsrooms — and that itself is only among newsrooms that chose to respond to the survey. Often, those numbers are even smaller in newsrooms focused on investigative reporting.

ProPublica has a vested interest in developing more minority journalists. Our mission is to shine a light on abuses of power, producing stories of moral force that provoke change. There are currently few reporters of color who specialize in investigations. Without their voices and points of view, there is every reason to believe that important stories are being overlooked. We believe the best way to bring about meaningful change is to take a holistic approach, tackling the obstacles to entering careers in journalism — especially investigative journalism. These include financial barriers and limited access to early-career opportunities. That is what this program aims to address.

Am I eligible for this program?

The Emerging Reporters Program is specifically designed for those who might find investigative journalism inaccessible. All students who will be juniors or seniors in college this academic year are eligible to apply, and African Americans, Latinos and other people of color are especially encouraged to do so. Participants are expected to take a full course load during the 2020-21 school year. Applicants must also demonstrate financial need. The purpose of the stipends is to make college journalism accessible to students for whom it would otherwise be economically out of reach.

Are high school students, recent college graduates or graduate students eligible for the program?

No, it is only available for students who will be juniors or seniors in college this academic year. High school students, recent college graduates and graduate students are not eligible for this program.

I’m not a U.S. resident. Am I eligible to apply?

No. The Emerging Reporters program is only open to U.S. residents.

What do you mean by U.S. resident? Can you make any exceptions to this rule?

U.S. residents are U.S. citizens or resident aliens. We will not be making any exceptions to this rule.

When does the program typically run?

This year’s program will run from September to June, with mentors and program participants in contact by phone and email.

How do the mentorships work? Do I get to choose mine or is one assigned to me?

The program director will take into account the interests expressed in your application to match you with one of our great journalists for the year.

Do I get to work on stories with ProPublica?

Yes! As an Emerging Reporter, you will get to choose between helping on a ProPublica story or working on your own investigation with a mentor’s guidance.

Are there regular benchmarks that need to be met to qualify for continued funding?

No, stipends of $4,500 will be paid at the beginning and midway point of the program.

If I have any questions that weren’t answered here, whom do I contact?

Email with any additional questions.

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Poynter Institute Election Coverage Workshop

The Poynter Institute and its Craig Newmark Center for Ethics and Leadership are pleased to present a workshop aimed at elevating the journalism around election results and voter turnout in the 2020 elections. Misunderstanding, misreporting and even mischief after the polls close this November pose a real risk for the proper functioning of the democratic transfer of power.

There’s a good chance that the American public won’t have a quickly announced winner, due to delays from mail-in balloting driven by the coronavirus pandemic. If the race is close, it may take a week to declare who won in races across the country. During that wait, partisans might try to shape the social media narrative through misleading readings of voting returns.

We are inviting reporters, editors, academics, public officials, civic groups and election-watchers to apply to participate in a short series of topic-based panels on the 2020 elections. Journalists have a special obligation to report precisely, ethically, and authoritatively, rather than being swept up in rumors. Civic groups and elected officials, too, need to be conscientious in gathering verified, authoritative information to share with colleagues, the press and the public.

The discussions will help produce a report for wider dissemination to media practitioners and consumers. The conversation will expand beyond national races to touch on local newsrooms covering races pertinent to their communities as well.

As the 2020 national and local campaigns gain traction, it is time to challenge the industry to succeed in the highest standards of journalistic and storytelling excellence.

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Alicia Patterson Foundation reporting fellowship

Who can apply for a fellowship?

The Alicia Patterson fellowships are open only to U.S. citizens who are fulltime print journalists, or to non-U.S. citizens who work fulltime for U.S. print publications, either in America or abroad. Freelancers are welcome to apply. All applicants, including those being considered for the new Cissy Patterson fellowship for environmental or science topics, should complete the Alicia Patterson Foundation application. The aim of the trustees who established the foundation was to improve the quality of U.S. print journalism. Foreign journalists seeking fellowship help may want to consult the annual list of contest and awards compiled by Editor and Publisher magazine in New York City. That issue is published the last week of December each year and can often be found in business libraries. The magazine sells individual copies of the issue for $6 on-line.

Cissy Patterson Fellowship for Science and Environmental Writers

Beginning with the 2016 fellowship class, an additional fellow specializing in either science or environmental journalism will be added. This fellow will be designated as a Cissy Patterson fellow, in honor of Alicia’s aunt, the publisher Cissy Patterson.

No special application is needed. All fellows apply for the Alicia Patterson fellowship and applications that deal with science or the environment will be considered for this additional fellowship. Science and environmental topics will continue to be awarded Alicia Patterson fellowships.

Fellowship Proposal

A complete, typed statement not to exceed three (3) single-spaced pages, on how you would use an Alicia Patterson Foundation fellowship, and why. A brief summary of the four articles you will be required to write as an APF fellow should be included as part of your statement. Each candidate may submit only one proposal. Two applicants may collaborate on one proposal, for example, a writer and a photographer.

Submitting work samples

Reporters and Writers

1. Please submit three copies of three articles with publication date and place noted. To fit into the judges’ packets, they must be kept to 8 1/2 x 11 inches. Either reduce longer articles by copy machine reduction or cut and paste articles on several 8 1/2 x 11 sheets of white paper. Reprints from databases are fine.

2. Number multiple pages of any article. Please don’t use staples or fancy folders because we need to duplicate your material for the judges. You may submit originals or clear photocopies. Please don’t send books or chapters of books.

3. Each part of series counts as one article, so it may be wise to choose only one part of a series and submit two other, unrelated articles in order to show diversity of topics.

4. Please do not submit any more than three articles. The judges will see only three and we’d rather you make the selection. The content of the articles, rather than date or place or publication, is most important.


Please send three copies of four samples of work you have edited, using the guidelines above. Attach a statement regarding your contribution to the finished product. If you also write, you may substitute two of your own articles in the four sample total.


Please submit one set of 8 to 12 samples. These can be published photographs or unmounted prints. No slides please. Samples cannot exceed 12 x 14 inches.

All Applicants

Please make sure the text from your printer is dark enough to generate readable pages when photocopied. Fancy presentation (folders, binding, plastic sheaths for articles, even paper clips) make our work harder. Also, fax copies do not reproduce well. Please don’t wait until the last day because we cannot use fax transmissions.

Please write atop the application form whether you are applying for a 12 or 6 month fellowships. Note: judges on rare occasion have awarded a six month fellowship for an applicant requesting a 12-month grant.

Remember, all applicants must submit application, clips, essays and budget in triplicate, in three separate packets. Photographers submit only one set of their prints. Please arrange your materials in three identical groupings, i.e. each group includes one autobiography, one budget, and one set of clips or work samples.


Have two (2) persons who are familiar with your work and your proposal submit a letter of recommendation directly to the Foundation by October 1. There is no set template for the letters; please ask recommenders to write about your talents, ability to overcome obstacles, etc. Please list the names and addresses of your references on the application form.

Professional Autobiography

A typed statement, not to exceed two (2) single spaced pages, to include reasons for going into journalism, journalistic experience, and future plans.

Estimate Costs

A detailed, typed budget statement, not to exceed one (1) page, to include two categories.

Projected fellowship Costs: Travel, books, short-term housing, etc.

Personal Maintenance: An estimate of living expenses for one year for yourself and your family (if any).

Where possible, list known costs; where not, estimate. Subtotal each category, then total both. At the bottom of your budget page, please indicate what funds, if any, would be available from other sources in support of your proposal fellowship year.

Application Hints and Advice

The foundation does not match salaries. The fellowship stipend is $40,000 for twelve months and $20,000 for six months and must cover your travel and research costs. You also must pay taxes on this income, which most fellows do by submitting quarterly payments to the IRS, as many freelancers do.

We ask that you submit a budget to see how you would accomplish your proposal. Although our project and living expenses may add up to more than the stipend, the Foundation only can provide either $20,000 or $40,000 to each fellow. If you are employed, it is customary for news organization to make up the difference between the stipend and your salary. Many newsrooms require applicants so seek approval of a leave before applying in order to receive the paper or magazine’s financial support. Please check with your newsroom managers first. However, your employer’s ability or willingness to give you support does not affect the selection process.

You will be notified during mid-November if you have been selected as a semi-finalist. Winners will be chosen during the first week of December. There usually are 5 to 7 fellows each year. Winners are expected to begin their fellowships within the first three months of the calendar year.

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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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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.

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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

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.

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