Thursday, 30 May 2013

UNESCO essay contest open

Children and young adults up to 25 years old can participate in this worldwide essay contest.
The Goi Peace Foundation presents the 2013 UNESCO International Essay Contest for Young People, inviting youth to write on this year's theme: the power of culture to create a better future.
Essays must be 700 words or less, typed or printed in English, French, Spanish or German or 1,600 characters or less in Japanese.
The first-place winner will receive a certificate and prize of 100,000 Yen (US$1,140) and will be invited to the award ceremony in Tokyo, Japan, scheduled for November 2013.
All prize winners will be announced on the Goi Peace Foundation website and the UNESCO website.
The deadline is June 30.

Reporting fellowships bring international journalists to USA

Early or midcareer journalists who are citizens of Muslim-majority countries can apply for this fellowship.
The Alfred Friendly Press Partner seeks applicants for the 2014 Daniel Pearl Fellowship, a six-month program that will place successful candidates at American news organizations to learn practices, standards and values of U.S. journalism which they can adapt, share and apply in their own countries.
Journalists from the following countries are eligible: Afghanistan, Algeria, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Malaysia, Mali, Morocco, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, the Palestinian Territories, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, UAE and Yemen.
Applicants must be proficient in English, between the ages of 25 and 35 years old and have at least three years of journalism experience. Journalists must be currently employed full-time for the news or editorial departments of independent newspapers, magazines, wire services or online publications of general public interest.
The fellowship covers all costs of program-related international and domestic U.S. travel, health insurance and provides a monthly stipend to cover basic living expenses.
The deadline for applications is August 1.

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Canon award for female photojournalists

Professional female photojournalists worldwide can apply for a EU€8,000 award (US$10,345).
The Association des Femmes Journalistes and Canon France present the Canon Female Photojournalist Award, recognizing a female photojournalist who wishes to cover a social, economic, political or cultural subject in a journalistic manner.
The cash prize enables the winner to finance a project and have their work featured in an exhibition.
Last year's winner was Sarah Caron from France for her proposed project about the Pashtun women in Pakistan.
Applicants must be fluent in English or French. Entry is free.
Submit an application, proof of professional status, identification, resume, a letter of support, an estimated project budget and one previous photo-reportage by May 31.

Journalism summer program Central Asia

Journalists from Kyrgyzstan, Central Asia and countries in the Commonwealth of Independent States can participate in this program.
The Kloop Media Foundation announces a journalism summer program to be held June 10 to August 30 in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.
The program includes the following courses: news reporting, photojournalism, radio journalism, media law and a course of choice - sports journalism/business journalism/technology news.
Tuition is KGS3,000 (US$65) for each course or KGS10,000 ($205) for the entire package.
Apply by May 20 for a 20 percent discount.

story contest for best coverage of infectious diseases USA Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa

Journalists from the United States, Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa can win international reporting trips worth up to $10,000 for submitting the best stories on infectious diseases.
Stories can address diseases including AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. These three diseases alone are the leading causes of death in low- and middle-income countries. They claim nearly 4 million lives every year and cost billions of dollars in lost productivity. The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) is launching the story contest to spur discussion about how the global community deals with these critical health issues.
Reports published or broadcast between May 20 and Aug. 1, 2013, will qualify. The deadline for submission is Aug. 1, 2013. Along with the story submission, participants must include a 300-word proposal for an international reporting trip to expand their coverage of infectious diseases.
The International Center for Journalists will select three winners, one from each region. An editor or manager at each of the selected news organizations will also earn a trip to Washington, D.C., to attend ICFJ’s 2013 Awards Dinner on Nov. 7, 2013. The Africa contest is administered in partnership with the African Health Journalists Association.
Winners will be announced on Sept. 15, 2013.
Stories must be in English or French and cover diseases such as HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis. Possible topics include:
  • Government policies and programs that address infectious diseases
  • Effectiveness of donor-funded infectious-diseases programs
  • The state of funding for the delivery, treatment and research of infectious diseases
Stories must be well-researched and well-written or presented. We will give special preference to the following:
  • Multimedia feature articles or documentaries
  • Investigative reports or explanatory stories
  • Reports that use data, mapping and other digital tools to engage audiences. Examples: Facebook chats, Twitter feeds, or text messaging that solicits citizen reports on outbreaks and treatment of infectious disease
Journalists working in each region for print, broadcast or online media qualify. The contest also is open to freelance journalists, whose stories are published or broadcast by Aug. 1, 2013.
Once you submit your story please tweet about it using the hashtag #icfjhealth. Don’t forget to include a 300-word proposal for an overseas reporting trip with your story submission.

Thursday, 23 May 2013

Journalism course on digital tools Mexico

Journalists and communication specialists who work for organizations or independently in Mexico can apply for this course.
The Centro de Formación en Periodismo Digital (CFPD) of the Universidad de Guadalajara is offering the online course,“Digital Tools for Public Interest Journalism.” The five-week course will take place June 24-July 28.
The course aims to provide journalists with tools and techniques to help them cover issues related to public interest and transparency. Participants will also learn how to use digital tools and apply them to journalistic tasks such a refined data searches, information cross-checking, computer graphics and video processing.
Journalists who are selected to take this course will develop a digital journalism project focused on issues of public interest, such as transparency, identification of urban violence, and tracking public accounts to reduce corruption.
Thirty participants will be selected to take the course and will be awarded scholarships by AT&T and the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ). Once the course is over, the 15 participants who have developed the best public service journalism projects will receive advice for a month to finalize their proposals.
Interested participants should be able to commit a minimum of two months to this course.
The deadline is June 16.

Documentary film festival in Central Asia

Documentary filmmakers can participate in this festival.
The Annual International Documentary Film Festival on Human Rights, organized by the human rights movement, Bir Duino Kyrgyzstan, will take place September 18 - 24 in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.
Submissions should have been completed in 2012 or 2013, and must address human rights issues. The languages of the festival are Kirghiz and Russian.
Participation is free.
The deadline is May 31.

Chicago Public Media offers radio fellowships

Aspiring radio producers, journalists and storytellers without journalism degrees can apply for a US$20,000 fellowship.
Chicago Public Media presents the Pritzker Fellowships, a ten-month program that offers rigorous training in public radio journalism and the opportunity to work alongside some of the nation’s most respected reporters, producers and editors.
Fellows will receive training in basic story production, editing, ethics, audio and video production, writing for the radio and Web, on-air skills and Web production. Fellows will also a receive a mentor, a senior level journalist or producer who will provide rigorous coaching, critique, hands-on opportunities and special assignments.
Minority candidates are encouraged to apply. The program is open to applicants worldwide, but international applicants must obtain their own visas.
The deadline is June 14. For more information

Thursday, 16 May 2013

Institute for Humane Studies offers paid journalism internship USA

Journalists in the United States who support individual liberty, free markets and peace can apply for a spot in this program.
The Institute for Humane Studies (IHS) is accepting applications for its fall 2013 IHS Journalism Internship Program.
Chosen participants will spend eight weeks interning at a newspaper, radio station, new media company, or nonprofit, investigative newsroom.
Interns will receive a US$3,200 stipend and an allowance for travel. Each intern will receive mentoring and job placement assistance from the program director, a former journalist.
Previous journalism experience is a plus, but not required. Skilled writers and communicators passionate about liberty are encouraged to apply. The program is open to undergraduates, graduate students, and recent graduates.
Due to visa and travel costs, most interns live in the United States. Almost all internship hosts require English fluency.
The application deadline is July 1.

Monthly award for socially conscious journalism USA

Journalists can apply for an award honoring socially conscious reporting.
For over 50 years, the Sidney Hillman Foundation has awarded the yearly Hillman Prizes in Journalism.
In 2009, the Foundation inaugurated the Sidney, a monthly award for an outstanding piece of socially conscious journalism, specifically investigative work that fosters social and economic justice.
Deadlines are the last day of the month in which the piece was published/aired. In the case of magazines, please nominate according to the issue date on the publication, not when it first appeared.
Journalists can submit their own work or nominate others.
Recipients are awarded US$500, a bottle of union-made wine and a certificate designed by New Yorker cartoonist, Edward Sorel.

CFJ offers fellowship to Latin American journalists

Early- to mid-career journalists from Latin America working at independent news organizations can apply for this fellowship.
The Douglas Tweedale Fellowship, offered by the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), helps Latin American journalists improve their digital skills in specialty reporting in areas such as immigration, environment, science and technology, business and personal finance, through a three-week long program in the United States.
The fellowship program will take place October 2 - 22, and begin with a three-day orientation and professional program in Washington. The journalists then will depart for a two-week assignment in the newsroom of a Spanish- or English-language media organization in the United States, where they will conduct reporting in specialty areas or develop the project they proposed when they applied to the program.
At the conclusion of the professional newsroom attachments, the fellows will attend the 69th General Assembly of the Inter American Press Association (IAPA) October 18 - 22 in Denver, Colorado.
Applicants should outline what specialized topical area of reporting they want to strengthen and what technical skills they want to improve. Applicants should also propose a project that they wish to develop during the program.
Participants must demonstrate enough proficiency in English to function and work in an English-language environment, even though they will prepare stories in Spanish.
The deadline to apply is July 1.

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

CNN seeks writer in Hong Kong

Journalists with at least three years of experience in broadcast or print journalism can apply for a writing position.
CNN is seeking a writer for its Hong Kong bureau to conduct research, check facts, construct graphics and contribute ideas for coverage and produce segments within shows.
Other responsibilities include providing accurate scripts and intros to packages for television news; producing in-depth segments within news programs; and reading newspapers, wire copy and other relevant material to prepare for writing television copy for news programs.
In addition to three years of journalism experience, applicants should have a thorough understanding of international news. Ability to write quickly, accurately and creatively is a must.

BBC seeks assistant producer Belfast

Journalists with online feature-writing experience can apply for this position in Belfast.
BBC is seeking an assistant producer to create content in the form of feature articles for publication on the BBC Knowledge and Learning portfolio.
The successful candidate will help produce genre-based factual features, formal learning content, campaigns and live events tied to key knowledge and learning priorities.
Applicants should be skilled storytellers who know how to spot and deliver quality journalism with an interesting and fresh angle on a range of genres. Candidates should have excellent content production skills, an eye for detail and good experience of using a range of media to tell stories and/or present complex subject matter to a general audience.
The application deadline is May 16.

Fulbright grants open for US journalism students

Students or young professional journalists with less than five years of experience can apply for a grant to attend a program in Germany.The Fulbright Commission invites 15 American journalists and journalism students to Germany for the Berlin Capital Program, a one-week program with an intensive series of seminars, presentations and visits to important German media, political and cultural institutions.
The grant covers program costs, round-trip transportation from the United States to Germany and back, health insurance coverage during the seminar and a per diem allowance for meals, lodging and local travel.
Scheduled for November 17 - 23, the program is conducted in English; German proficiency is not required.
The application deadline is June 4.

Monday, 13 May 2013

Digital journalism fellowship USA

Journalists ages 23 to 30 who have been involved in digital journalism projects can apply for a fellowship.
The Online News Association is accepting applications for its MJ Bear Fellowship, which identifies and supports early-career digital journalists. Fellows must be fluent in English.
Fellows will have created a digital journalism concept, experiment or project that embody spark, creativity and innovation. Examples include a new take on a complex data visualization project, a novel form of news content distribution or a fresh approach to using social media or mobile technology.
The fellowship provides a personal mentor for six months, a three-year paid ONA membership and the opportunity to present at the 2013 Online News Association Conference and Awards in Atlanta.
Apply by May 31.

Digital journalism fellowship open

Freelance video journalists who cover international news and current affairs can apply for an award.
The Rory Peck Awards, sponsored by Sony UK Ltd, are billed as the only awards aimed at honoring freelance cameramen and camerawomen. The Rory Peck Trust was established in 1995, two years after freelance cameraman Rory Peck was killed while filming in Moscow.
There are three awards: news, features and the Sony Professional Impact Award.
In all categories the awards recognize quality of camerawork, but also take into account individual endeavor, initiative and journalistic ability.
All entries must have been broadcast (television, agency feed, recognized online news publisher) between June 1, 2012 and May 31, 2013.
The application deadline is June 3.

Project on peace building in South Caucasus

Journalists and civic activists who are residents of one of the South Caucasian countries can participate in this project.
The Norwegian Helsinki Committee, with the support of the European Commission and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, has announced its regional project, “Coalition for Trust."
The project invites participants from countries including Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia, as well as the conflict regions: Abkhazia, South Ossetia and Karabakh. The aim of the project is to build a capacity and network of target group members to meaningfully participate in processes of peace building and reconciliation.
During the project, the selected participants are required to attend six seminars throughout two years. The seminars will take place in a parallel manner in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia. The project also includes meetings, study trips, public discussions and debates on peace/trust building and reconciliation issues.
The first cycle of seminars for the three target groups will be held June 2013 in Tbilisi. The duration of the seminar for each target group is three days. The working languages are Russian and/or one of the local languages.
Participation in the seminars does not carry a fee and all relevant expenses (local travel and accommodation if needed) are covered by the project.

Saturday, 11 May 2013

NewsU offers webinar on plagiarism,Around the Globe

Media professionals worldwide who are interested in learning more about journalism ethics can attend this webinar.
News University, the e-learning arm of the Poynter Institute, offers a webinar, "Preventing Plagiarism and Fabrication in News Publishing," which will be broadcast at 2 p.m. EST on May 9.
Topics include: how to recognize possible holes in your policies that might create gray areas; how to encourage transparency in reporting; how to encourage journalists to embed source links and in so doing enrich the readers' experience; and how to discuss ethics and attribution in your news organization.
The course instructor is Teresa Schmedding, president of the American Copy Editors Society and the deputy managing editor/digital for the Daily Herald Media Group in suburban Chicago.
This webinar costs US$29.95 to attend.

Human rights reporting contest

Journalists from Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, Eastern Europe and Germany can participate in this contest.
The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, in collaboration with Deutsche Welle broadcasting corporation, is accepting entries for the German Development Media Awards. The aim of the contest is to honor journalists reporting on human rights and development issues.
Entries must have been published or broadcast in print, radio, television or online media between January 1, 2012 and May 31, 2013. Works must be written in one of the following languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Russian or Spanish.
The seven winners will receive cash prizes at EUR€2,000 (US$2,575) each. In addition, the awards also cover the costs for each of the seven winners to attend the awards ceremony to be held August 14, 2013 in Berlin, Germany.
The deadline is May 31.

Photo art contest open

Professional and amateur photographers and art unions worldwide can enter this contest.
The international competition, Photomania 2013, will take place within the framework of the Baltic Photo Biennale, organized by The Russian Union of Art Photographers. The festival will take place in Kaliningrad in August 2013.
The competition is comprised of two categories: documentary pictures and photo art.
The winners in each category will be awarded RUB30,000 (US$960), and the two first-prize winners (one in each category) will be given personal exhibitions.
Participation is free.
The deadline is June 15.

Award for social justice journalism open

Journalists whose projects reflect a concern for social justice can apply for this award.
The Richard J. Margolis Award of Blue Mountain Center is given annually to a journalist or essayist who has combined humor and wisdom to address social issues.
The winner will receive a US$5,000 prize, along with a one-month residency at Blue Mountain Center, a writers and artists colony in Blue Mountain Lake, N.Y.
The award was created in honor of Richard J. Margolis, a journalist, essayist and poet who brought light to hardships faced by subgroups including migrant farm workers, the elderly and Native Americans.
Applications should include two examples of published or unpublished work, a short biography including a description of current and anticipated work, and a summary of what the applicant will work on while attending the Blue Mountain residency.
The deadline is July 1.

Saturday, 4 May 2013

Health Journalism Contest USA Study Tour Oppertunity

Professional and freelance journalists working in Sub-Saharan Africa, the Gulf states and Pakistan can enter a contest recognizing the best media coverage of vaccines and immunization. Winners from each region will receive cash prizes and a two-week study tour to the United States to meet health experts.Entries must relate to diseases that are preventable or treatable with vaccines, such as polio, measles and pneumonia. Possible topics include the discovery of new vaccines, testing of vaccines, public attitudes toward immunization, innovative approaches to delivery of vaccines or the efficacy or failure of immunization campaigns.Eligible entries include print, broadcast or online media stories published or broadcast between March 15 and May 15, 2013, which includes World Immunization Week (April 24-30). The deadline for submitting stories is May 20, 2013.
The program is administered by the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) in Washington, in partnership with the African Health Journalists Association and the Arab Media Forum.
Entries must have appeared in media outlets based in each region or distributed mainly in the region. For Africa, submissions may be made in English, French, Portuguese or Amharic. For Pakistan, submissions may be made in English or Urdu. And for the Gulf States, submissions may be made in Arabic. Submissions in other languages must include an English translation.Criteria: Entries may include feature articles, in-depth, investigative or explanatory stories, multimedia reports, documentaries or discussion programs. Stories must be well-researched and well-written or presented, and we encourage stories that use data, mapping and/or citizen voices to support their coverage. We are especially looking for stories that use innovative tools and techniques to engage or reach the public, such as Facebook chats, Twitter feeds or the use of text messaging to solicit citizen reports on the spread of preventable diseases.

Thursday, 2 May 2013

Entrepreneurial journalism course Latin America

Journalists, project coordinators and communication professionals interested in developing business plans for online information projects can enroll in this Spanish-language online course.
The course, offered by the Centro de Formación en Periodismo Digital (CFPD) in Mexico, will focus on analyzing business models used by digital media outlets in Latin America.
Participants will learn how to make a digital media outlet profitable; undertake studies of the target market and competition diagnostics; make marketing and business plans media outlets, and produce a prototype or product.
Interested participants must have basic English-language and computer skills, and be interested in learning new tech resources and tools.
The course will take place online June 17 - July 28 and costs MXN1,200 (about US$100), or US$120 for residents outside of Mexico.
The deadline to register is May 31.

Paid training for sports media in Brazil

Recent graduates and those who are expected to graduate in 2013 can apply for this program, which will be held in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo.
The channel Esporte Interativo seeks candidates for its trainee program, which begins in September and lasts one year.
Participants will experience the daily work in different departments of a sports channel, and receive a salary and benefits commensurate with the market.
Candidates must go through a selection process divided into five stages: exams to test Portuguese, sports knowledge and logical reasoning; a writing test and group dynamics; an interview with HR and managers; an interview with directors; and an interview with the CEO.
The deadline is June 10.

Oppertunity for Journalist in Kenya

Media professionals who are Web-savvy and have filming and editing skills can apply for this position in Nairobi.
The African Media Initiative (AMI) is seeking a project assistant to help launch the African Story Challenge, a journalism competition that will offer training and grants of up to US$20,000 to African journalists across the continent for stories that impact real lives.
The successful candidate will bring valuable skills to the project, and give exposure to all aspects of project management and the promotion of the African media sector.
Responsibilities include: monitoring the African and international media with an eye to source innovative ideas and key topics in areas of health, agriculture, business and technology; producing daily synopses; building and maintaining a database of African journalists and media houses across the African continent; updating profiles of judges, trainers, mentors and journalists for participation in the competition; and filming and editing the competition process.
Applicants should have a university degree in communications, journalism, international development or other related fields, in addition to three years of professional media experience. Excellent communication skills in English are required. Knowledge of French, Portuguese or Arabic is desirable. Candidates should also have a demonstrable knowledge of the African media.
The deadline is May 19.
This is a full-time position that comes with an 18-month contract. To apply, send a CV and a one-page cover letter to

NewsU offers webinar on plagiarism, fabrication

Media professionals worldwide who are interested in learning more about journalism ethics can attend this webinar.
News University, the e-learning arm of the Poynter Institute, offers a webinar, "Preventing Plagiarism and Fabrication in News Publishing," which will be broadcast at 2 p.m. EST on May 9.
Topics include: how to recognize possible holes in your policies that might create gray areas; how to encourage transparency in reporting; how to encourage journalists to embed source links and in so doing enrich the readers' experience; and how to discuss ethics and attribution in your news organization.
The course instructor is Teresa Schmedding, president of the American Copy Editors Society and the deputy managing editor/digital for the Daily Herald Media Group in suburban Chicago.
This webinar costs US$29.95 to attend.