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Opportunities for African journalists in September

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Digital Forensic Research Lab’s Digital Sherlocks 2022 cohort

The DFRLab is now accepting applications to join the 360/Digital Sherlocks Fall 2022 cohort. The Fall 2022 iteration will run between October – December 2022, engaging even more participants and with sessions ranging from introductory training to more advanced investigative workshops. All selected Digital Sherlocks will be able to register for as many workshops as they wish, based on their interest and availability. For details and to apply, click here.

Deadline | September 6

Entrepreneurial Journalism Creators Programme 

Aspiring media entrepreneurs fluent in English can apply for remote training. The City University of New York’s Craig Newmark School of Journalism has launched a new certificate programme to help journalism entrepreneurs develop niche ventures. The Entrepreneurial Journalism Creators Programme will begin on October 25 and run for 100 days. Participants will learn to identify and build an audience; craft a business model by understanding market needs and revenue opportunities; tell their story in a compelling way; and develop their portfolio of products and services. Tuition costs US$4,000. Multiple scholarships are available. For details and to apply, click here.

Deadline | September 6

Fund for Investigative Journalism

The Fund for Investigative Journalism provides grants and other support for reporters to produce high-quality, unbiased, nonpartisan investigative stories that have an impact. Freelance journalists, staff reporters and media outlets are eligible for grants, and their investigations can be for print, online or broadcast stories, books, documentaries or podcasts. For details and to apply, click here.

Deadline | September 7

Joan Shorenstein Center Fellowship

The Joan Shorenstein Fellowship Programme is designed to bring journalists, scholars, politicians and policymakers to the Shorenstein Center for a semester to work on a project with a tangible output, and engage with students, faculty, other fellows, and the broader Harvard Kennedy School community. They are expected to be fully-participating members of the Shorenstein Center community while in residence, attending and participating in Center events, social gatherings, and other activities. For details and to apply, click here.

Deadline | September 7

Become a Radcliffe Fellow

Journalists and film, video, sound and new media artists can apply for this fellowship in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The Radcliffe Institute Fellowship Programme at Harvard is a scholarly community where individuals pursue advanced work across a wide range of academic disciplines, professions and creative arts, including journalism. The institute provides stipends of up to US$78,000 for one year with additional funds for project expenses. Fellows receive office or studio space and access to libraries and other resources of Harvard University during the fellowship year, which extends from September 2023 through May 2024. Applications are judged on the quality and significance of the proposed project and the applicant’s record of achievement and promise. Journalism applicants must have worked professionally in the field for at least five years. For details and to apply, click here.

Deadline | September 8

Emerging Producers Bursary Programme

The Emerging Producers Bursary Programme offers up-and-coming producers and content creators working in science, history, wildlife and non-fiction media a range of support including accreditation and networking opportunities for Congress ’22, presented by the World Congress of Science and Factual Producers (WCSFP). The goal of the programme is to welcome and support diverse emerging talent and encourage a new generation of Congress members. Producers and content creators working in all science and non-fiction media are encouraged to apply including those working in digital media, social media and gaming. The Emerging Producers Bursary recipients will be offered legacy discounts on accreditation for the 2023 and 2024 WCSFP, further allowing new members to return annually to Congress. For details and to apply, click here.

Deadline | September 9

The Y. Eva Tan Conservation Reporting Fellowship

The programme will provide opportunities for journalists from biodiversity hotspots in tropical countries to report on critical environmental issues, gaining valuable training, experience, and credibility that will help them advance their careers in journalism and communications. The Y. Eva Tan Conservation Reporting Fellowship Programme will support up to 12 fellows per year – six at our global English bureau and six at our Spanish-language bureau, Mongabay-Latam. Each cohort will consist of three fellows per bureau. Fellows will gain valuable experience working with a range of editors at our international news outlet, develop their environmental reporting skills, and create a portfolio of original publications which should help them advance their careers in journalism. Each fellow will receive US$500 a month for the duration of the six-month fellowship, or US$3,000 in total. During that time, fellows will work directly with the fellowship editor to produce six stories. For details and to apply, click here.

Deadline | September 10

NED grants programme

Independent media organisations, civic groups and associations can apply. The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) is seeking proposals for projects that advance democratic goals and strengthen democratic institutions. NED encourages applications from organisations working in diverse environments including newly established democracies, semi-authoritarian countries, highly repressive societies and countries undergoing democratic transition. Grant amounts vary depending on the size and scope of the projects, but the average grant lasts 12 months and is around US$50,000. NED is interested in proposals from organisations for nonpartisan programmes that seek to: promote and defend human rights and the rule of law, support freedom of information and independent media, and promote accountability and transparency. For details and to apply, click here.

Deadline | September 14

Global Health Reporting Initiative 

The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) will select a total of 30 journalists in Africa and CARPHA member countries in the Caribbean to participate in the Global Health Reporting Initiative (GHRI). Beginning in October 2022, the cohort will participate in an online, English-language course that will provide access to sources who are public health and science-related experts on vaccines, public health, trade, social and behavioral communications, and global health policy. At the end of the course, in February 2023, the IWMF will award competitive reporting grants to support the production of in-depth, fact-based, high-quality reporting on vaccines, especially regarding issues of vaccine acceptance and demand. Journalists who are awarded a reporting grant will be mentored by a senior public health or science reporter. The GHRI will enable journalists to better inform public health influencers and communities about vaccines. For details and to apply, click here.

Deadline | September 15

LSA Collegiate Fellowship

The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA) at the University of Michigan offers its students an outstanding undergraduate education in the liberal arts at a premier research institution, and is dedicated to building a diverse and inclusive scholarly environment. LSA Collegiate fellows will receive a starting salary of $60,000 plus benefits, as well as funds for conference and research expenses, for up to two years. During the fellowship, fellows will devote their time to pursuing their independent research, as well as participate in pedagogical development activities such as the LSA Teaching Academy and classroom teaching/engagement. For details and to apply, click here.

Deadline | September 15

Morland Writing Scholarship

The Miles Morland Foundation is offering scholarships to writers of both fiction and non-fiction the financial freedom to complete an English-language book. Scholars writing fiction will receive a grant of £18,000, paid monthly over the course of twelve months. At the discretion of the foundation, scholars writing non-fiction, who require additional research time, could receive an additional grant, paid over a period of up to eighteen months. To qualify for the scholarship a candidate must submit an excerpt from a piece of work of between 2,000 – 5,000 words, written in English that has been published and offered for sale, you must send clear evidence that the piece you upload as part of your application has been both published AND offered for sale. For details and to apply, click here.

Deadline | September 18

Investigative training course (Senegal)

In partnership with the Platform to Protect Whistleblowers in Africa (PPLAAF), OCWAR-M is hosting a training session for six Senegalese investigative journalists on financial crimes and investigative techniques. The training will provide journalists with the tools they need to investigate illicit financial flows and the role of whistleblowers in the fight against financial crime. For details and to apply, click here.

Deadline | September 19

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.

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