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Opportunities for African journalists in September

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Viewfinder 2022 Accountability Journalism Fellowship

Are you a mid-career journalist who wants to take your reporting on topical, public interest issues in South Africa to new heights? Viewfinder is offering a fellowship for reporters to investigate and then produce impact-driven journalism on accountability failures in the country. Selected fellows will investigate, research and develop their proposed reporting projects. Fellows will also produce a short film or broadcast segment and a long-form written exposé rooted in their reporting and findings. Fellows will receive R40,000 to conduct their investigations and to work with the Viewfinder team on journalistic production. For details and to apply, click here.

Deadline | September 23

Independent Media Response Fund

The Check Global Independent Media Response Fund is designed to respond to the hyperlocal needs of media practitioners, independent media newsrooms, fact-checking groups, citizen journalism projects, human rights defenders, researchers and technology and digital literacy advocates in North-Africa Western-Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Asia-Pacific region.The fund is making available micro-grants of up to US$5,000 for individuals, and up to US$15,000 for collectives and organisations. For details and to apply, click here.

Deadline | September 30

The McGraw Fellowship for Business Journalism 

The Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Center for Business Journalism provides experienced journalists with grants up to US$15,000 and the editorial support needed to produce deeply reported enterprise and investigative stories that delve into critical economic, financial or business issues across a wide array of subjects. You don’t need to be a business reporter to apply; many of our previous Fellows have been generalists, or cover beats such as health care, education or the environment. Others have focused on issues such as economic inequality or corporate accountability. For details and to apply, click here.

Deadline | September 30

United Nations Correspondents Association (UNCA) Awards

Journalists worldwide who cover the United Nations, including its agencies and field operations, are eligible for awards.The United Nations Correspondents Association (UNCA) is accepting electronic works for a UN coverage contest that awards outstanding print, broadcast and online media coverage of the United Nations, UN agencies and field operations. Works must have been published or aired between September 2021 and September 2022. Entries can be submitted in any of the official UN languages (English, French, Arabic, Chinese, Spanish and Russian). Entries in other languages must be accompanied by a translation in English or French. For details and to apply, click here.

Deadline | September 30

Cullman Center Fellowship

The Cullman Center’s Selection Committee awards fifteen fellowships a year to outstanding scholars and writers — academics, independent scholars, journalists, creative writers (novelists, playwrights, poets), translators, and visual artists. Foreign nationals conversant in English are welcome to apply. Candidates for the fellowship will need to work primarily at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building rather than at other divisions of the library. A Cullman Center Fellow receives a stipend of up to US$75,000, the use of an office with a computer, and full access to the library’s physical and electronic resources. Fellows work at the Center for the duration of the fellowship term, which runs from September through May. Each fellow gives a talk over lunch on his or her current work-in-progress to the other fellows and to a wide range of invited guests, and may be asked to take part in other programmes at The New York Public Library. For details and to apply, click here.

Deadline | September 30

Film Festival entries 

African documentary filmmakers are invited to submit their work. The Semaine du Cinéma festival, which promotes African cinema, is launching the call for films for its second edition. The festival has four categories: feature films, short films, series (two episodes to submit) and documentaries. The selected films will have access to networking and opportunities to produce their productions. For details and to apply, click here.

Deadline | September 30

Fetisov Journalism Awards 2022

Entries are open to professional journalists, i.e. representatives of the media, professional journalism organisations (unions/associations/societies) and freelance journalists. Self-nominations are allowed. Maximum of three reportings/series of reportings from one journalism organisation/media platform can be nominated for participation in the contest. The submission form may be filled out by a representative of a registered organisation/media platform nominating another journalist or by a nominee. Information must be provided in English. For details and to apply, click here.

Deadline | October 1

The Stigler Center’s Journalists in Residence Program 

The programme provides a transformative learning experience for journalists working in all forms of media around the world. Participants spend approximately 12 weeks on our Hyde Park campus, auditing classes, participating in Stigler Center events, collaborating with peers, and networking with the university’s scholars. Journalists with some years of media experience, proficient English, and an interest in deepening their knowledge and understanding of political economy are encouraged to apply. For details and to apply, click here.

Deadline | October 2

Residential Fellowships at the National Humanities Center

Each year, the National Humanities Center welcomes up to forty scholars from across the humanities and all over the world. During their time in residence, Fellows are given the freedom to work on their projects while benefiting from the exceptional services of the Center. Applicants must have a doctorate or equivalent scholarly credentials. Mid-career and senior scholars are encouraged to apply. Emerging scholars with a strong record of peer-reviewed work may also apply. The Center does not support the revision of doctoral dissertations. In addition to all fields of the humanities, the Center accepts applications from scholars in the natural and social sciences, the arts, the professions, and public life who are engaged in humanistic projects. For details and to apply, click here.

Deadline | October 6

Chevening Africa Media Freedom Fellowship

The Chevening Africa Media Freedom Fellowship (CAMFF) is aimed at mid-senior level African professionals with demonstrable leadership skills in their fields, which may include public servants working in areas of media policy and regulatory frameworks, or media professionals such as journalists. Selected fellows will be from the following Sub-Saharan African countries: Ethiopia, Burundi, Malawi, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, South Sudan, Uganda, and Zimbabwe. The fellowship is hosted by the University of Westminster. For details and to apply, click here.

Deadline | November 1

Africa Environment Reporting Programme

African Women in the Media (AWiM) is a network for African women working in media industries anywhere globally. AWiM is calling for pitches that will call attention to the gendered aspect of environmental issues in Africa. AWiM is particularly interested in in-depth stories that explore environmental solutions with a focus on any of the 12 elements of the African Green Stimulus Programme. Journalists can also highlight the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on ecosystems, biodiversity, conservation, waste management and other issues related to the broader ecological challenges in Africa which affect women. The commission fee is US$100 per story. For details and to apply, click here. 

Deadline | Rolling

Baraza Media Lab Incubator

This 12-month programme welcomes both for-profit and non-profit organisations, as well as individuals and teams who wish to create an organisation or implement a specific innovative project in the media space. The incubatees will receive a $2,500 stipend, strategic mentoring and training, workplace essentials and much more. For details and to apply, click here. 

Deadline | Rolling

Thomson Foundation: News Writing: The art of storytelling

This course is designed to teach you how to write news stories in an effective and engaging way using techniques employed by Ewen MacAskill and other journalists around the world. Ewen will teach you when and how to go beyond the inverted pyramid model of storytelling to make your stories stand out and to make you a better storyteller.

This is a first of a three-course series on news writing. In courses 2 and 3, Ewen will take you through more advanced techniques and the art of news analysis. For details and to apply, click here.

Deadline | Rolling

Source: JamLab

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