Monday, 15 July 2013

Health journalism contest offers US study tour

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.
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.
    • 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.
    • Applicants may submit more than one entry.

Thursday, 4 July 2013

Investigative reporting fellowships open USA, Japan

Journalists from the United States and Japan can apply for a fellowship.
The Abe Fellowship for Journalists, sponsored by the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) and the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership (CGP), is designed to encourage in-depth coverage of topics of pressing concern to the U.S. and Japan through individual short-term policy-related projects.
Applicants can submit proposals on one of three themes: traditional and non-traditional approaches to security and diplomacy; global and regional economic issues; or social and cultural issues.
The program provides support for six weeks in Japan or the U.S. The maximum stipend is US$25,600, which includes one round-trip air ticket, US$500 to prepare for overseas fieldwork and support for interpretation based on requests.
The application deadline is Sept. 15.

East-West Center offers study tour US, Asia Pacific

Journalists from the United States and Asia Pacific can apply to participate in a study tour.
The East-West Center is offering the New Generation Seminar (NGS), a two-week intensive educational, dialogue and study tour travel program.
The program is developed around a thematic focus and provides participants with an opportunity to strengthen their understanding of Asia Pacific-U.S. developments and challenges, build a regional network and to become leaders with a more international perspective.
The first week of the program is held in Hawaii. In discussions with East-West Center researchers, other experts in the Hawaiian community and one another, participants are introduced to key regional policy issues such as security, international relations, economics, energy resources, population, health and environment. The second week involves field travel to either the U.S. or Asia Pacific for exploration of the program theme.
The New Generation Seminar involves 10-12 participants ages mid-20s to late 30s, approximately six to eight from Asia Pacific and three to four from the U.S.
The deadline for applications is July 19.

Photography competition on social stories o

Professional and amateur photographers can apply.
The World.Report Award is accepting works focusing on people and their social and cultural stories - public or private, minor or crucial, big human tragedies or petty daily stories, or changes and immutability. The award is presented by The Festival of Ethical Photography.
The award will be given in two categories. The EUR€5,000 (US$6,520) Master Award is open to all photographers, with no restriction of any kind.
The Spot Light Award is open to photographers who have not received one of the following awards as of April 1, 2013: World Press Photo, W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography, the Pulitzer Prize, or the POYi Picture of the Year, with exception of the multimedia category. The prize is EUR€2,000 (US$2,607) and a Nikon D600 (body only).
The projects submitted must be in the field of social photojournalism and/or documentary. Photographers can submit as many works as they like. The entry fee is EUR€10 (US$13) per project.
The deadline is July 28.

Environmental journalism fellowship

Journalists from outside the United States can apply for a semester-long scholarship. Those from developing countries are especially encouraged to apply.
The Earth Journalism Scholars Program is inviting journalists to attend the University of California-Berkeley (UCB) for the spring semester of 2014 to take classes on journalism and environmental issues. The program is the result of a collaboration between Internews’ Earth Journalism Network (EJN) and UCB’s Graduate School of Journalism.
The program is intended for midcareer journalists who have shown dedication and skill in covering environmental issues. Applicants must have completed a bachelor’s degree or equivalent.
The program will cover travel, lodging and tuition costs. Scholars will also receive a modest stipend to cover basic living expenses.
The deadline to apply is July 9.