Scholarships available for writing residency [Worldwide]

Fiction and nonfiction writers, journalists, freelance critics or curators, artists and academics can apply for a writing residency in Alberta, Canada.

The Banff Center is organizing its literary journalism residency July 1 to 27 at its Leighton Artists’ studios

The program enables writers to work on their essay, memoir or feature piece, receive individual consultations with faculty and participate in roundtable discussions.

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Entrepreneurship program accepting applications [Africa]

Media entrepreneurs can apply for this program.

The Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF) seeks business ideas that can transform Africa.  

Successful candidates will receive 12 weeks of intensive online training, mentorship, seed capital and access to a network of African start-ups and TEF’s global contacts.

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Nominations open for 2019 Knight International Journalism Awards [Worldwide]

Journalists whose reporting or innovations are making an impact on their communities can be nominated for an award.

The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) seeks nominations for the Knight International Journalism Awards.

The awards honor journalists who, despite difficult circumstances, produce pioneering news reports or innovations that make an impact on the lives of their countries or regions.

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Data journalism contest accepting entries [Worldwide]

Media companies, nonprofit organizations, freelancers and staff journalists can enter a competition.

The 2019 Data Journalism Awards (DJAs), run by the Global Editors Network (GEN) and sponsored by Google News LabJohn S. and James L. Knight Foundation and Microsoft, will award 12 category winners.

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Environmental reporting workshop in the US offered [Worldwide]

Journalists from all media who want to improve their skills in environmental reporting can apply for a weeklong workshop in Rhode Island.

The Metcalf Institute is accepting applications for the Annual Science Immersion Workshop for Journalists. The workshop will take place at the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography from June 2 to 7.

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Society of Professional Journalists hosts contest [Worldwide]

Works published or broadcast by a U.S. or international media outlet in 2018 are eligible for an award.

The Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) seeks entries for its Sigma Delta Chi Awards, honoring the best of professional journalism.

Categories cover print, radio, television, newsletters, art/graphics, online and research. For a list of subcategories, click here. If not originally published or broadcast in English, entries must include an English transcript or English subtitles.

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World Press Institute Fellowship open [Worldwide]

Journalists who live outside the United States can apply for a fellowship.

The World Press Institute (WPI) is offering fellowships for experienced journalists hoping to improve their understanding of American journalism.

The program aims to expose fellows to working conditions in the U.S. media. They are required to report on a variety of social issues to see how U.S. institutions respond to different social concerns.

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Journalism innovation fellowship offered [Worldwide]

Media professionals worldwide can apply for a fellowship in Columbia, Missouri.

The fellowship program, sponsored by the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute (RJI), invites proposals from people who have innovative ideas to improve the practice or understanding of journalism.

The institute offers residential, nonresidential and institutional fellowships. Residential fellows spend eight months on the Missouri campus, taking advantage of the intellectual and technological resources of RJI and the university while interacting with Missouri faculty and students. These fellows receive a US$10,000 monthly stipend, plus a one-time US$10,000 housing allowance.

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World Press Freedom Prize seeks nominations [Worldwide]

Journalists, organizations or institutions that promote press freedom worldwide can be nominated for a US$25,000 award.

The UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize will recognize a significant contribution to press freedom, especially in high-risk areas.

Member states, international/regional organizations or professional/nongovernmental organizations working in the field of journalism and freedom of expression can nominate up to three candidates.

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Data journalism fellowship open [Worldwide]

Budding data journalists can apply for this fellowship.

The DW Akademie‘s Dataship is a 12-month fellowship program that brings together 15 journalists to foster the development of data-driven reporting.

The program offers training and networking opportunities to help fellows become advocates of data journalism in their own countries.

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Scholarships available for HIV conference [Worldwide]

Journalists interested in HIV issues can apply for a scholarship to attend this conference.

The International AIDS Society (IAS) Conference on HIV Science will take place June 21 to 24, 2019 in Mexico City. 

The IAS/AVAC Media Scholarship Program will fund qualified journalists who would not otherwise be able to attend and report on the conference.

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Radio competition open [South Africa]

Radio journalists from South Africa can enter a competition.

The Liberty Radio Awards, sponsored by the Liberty Group, highlight the best of national and community radio talent in South Africa. The awards feature dozens of categories for both presenters and stations.

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Environmental film festival calls for entries [Worldwide]

Films that focus on environmental issues can be submitted to this contest.

The Barents Ecology Film Festival, organized by the International Youth Club Solveig, will take place May 1 to 5, 2019 in Petrozavodsk, Russia.

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Open Society Fellowship open [Worldwide]

Journalists who want to create innovative approaches to social issues can apply for this fellowship.

The Open Society Fellowship seeks proposals that address new and radical forms of ownership, governance, entrepreneurship and financialization. 

Fellows will receive a stipend of up to US$100,000 to produce a book, journalistic or academic articles, art projects, a series of convenings, a joint-work product or more.

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Grant available for literary reporting [Worldwide]

Early-career nonfiction writers who want to focus on a story that uncovers truths about the human condition can apply for funding.

The Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute of New York University invites applications for the Matthew Power Literary Reporting Award, in honor of the late journalist who reported empathetically on the human condition and died on assignment in Uganda in March 2014.

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Mongabay seeks Brazil editor [Worldwide]

Journalists with three or more years of experience can apply for this remote position. 

Mongabay is looking for a contributing editor who will focus on expanding its coverage of environmental and conservation news in Brazil.

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Filmmaking academy accepting applicants [South Africa]

Film and TV graduates can apply for this internship program in Gauteng.

TV channel M-Net is selecting candidates for its Magic in Motion Academy class of 2019.

The yearlong program provides an immersive experience in key areas of TV and film creation, across different genres. This includes production commissioning, scriptwriting, concept creation, producing, directing, cinematography, sound, art direction, editing, post-production and broadcasting.

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Contest seeks stories on regional integration projects [Africa]

Journalists who covered regional integration projects in Africa can enter this competition.

The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) organizes the COMESA Media Awards in four categories: print journalism, radio journalism, television journalism and online/new media.

Possible topics include trade, infrastructure (energy, transport, ICT), investments, gender issues and others, involving more than one COMESA member state or a national project that has a regional dimension.

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Fellowships for reporting on conflict, violence open [Worldwide]

Midcareer journalists who want to deepen their knowledge of trauma and improve coverage of violence, conflict and tragedy can apply for a fellowship.

This year, the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, a project of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, will select 12 journalists as Dart Center Ochberg Fellows.

The next program will be held July 22 to 27, 2019 at Columbia University in New York.

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Joan Shorenstein Center Fellowship at Harvard open [Worldwide]

Journalists with at least five years of experience who are interested in sharing, expanding and researching public policy and political affairs can apply for this fellowship.

Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government is accepting applications for the Joan Shorenstein Center Fellowship in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Applicants must be journalists, scholars or policymakers active in the field of press, politics and public policy. English fluency is required.

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Student film festival focuses on women’s issues [Worldwide]

College and high school students can submit their short films and win a US$5,000 cash prize.

The Girls Impact the World Film Festival, presented by the Harvard College Social Innovation Collaborative and Connecther, is a film festival and scholarship program for high school and undergraduate college students.

The festival accepts short films that either raise awareness or propose solutions to a variety of global women’s issues, including maternal health, microfinance initiatives, child marriage, sex-trafficking and poverty alleviation.

Films must be 3 to 6 minutes long and can be narrative, documentary, investigative reporting, music video, animation or curated film (film collage).

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New America offers fellowship [Worldwide]

Journalists, scholars, filmmakers and public policy analysts can apply for this fellowship.

The New America National Fellows Program seeks ideas that have an impact and spark new conversations about today’s most pressing issues.

Fellows are expected to advance ideas through research, reporting, analysis and storytelling. Projects must be original, ambitious and viable. Some ideas may include writing a book, developing a series of articles or producing a documentary.

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Short film festival seeks entries [Worldwide]

Filmmakers and film students from around the world can participate in this festival.

The Kiev International Short Film Festival will take place from April 24 to 28, 2019 in Kiev, Ukraine.

The festival is accepting short films (up to 30 minutes) that were finished after January 2017. Any entries not in English must include English subtitles.

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Anadolu Agency Host Istanbul Photo Awards [Worldwide]

Photographers are invited to submit pictures capturing global events to this international photo contest.

The Anadolu Agency is accepting submissions for the Istanbul Photo Awards 2019.

The contest has four categories: single news, story news, single sports and story sports. Works must have been published between Nov. 1, 2018 and Jan. 31, 2019.

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Stanford fellowship for democracy, development open [Worldwide]

Journalists involved in their country’s economic and political development can apply for a summer fellowship at Stanford University.

The Draper Hills Summer Fellowship on Democracy and Development is a three-week program that brings together 25 to 30 midcareer professionals in the field of democracy, development and the rule of law, especially those from developing countries.

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Fellowships open for conference on rural poverty [Worldwide]

Print, broadcast and online journalists can apply for fellowships to participate in a training event in Rome.

The Thomson Reuters Foundation, with funding from the United Nation’s International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), will select journalists to attend a workshop during IFAD’s annual Governing Council on Feb. 15, 2019

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Environmental film festival calls for entries [Worldwide]

Films that focus on environmental issues can be submitted to this contest.

The Barents Ecology Film Festival, organized by the International Youth Club Solveig, will take place May 1 to 5, 2019 in Petrozavodsk, Russia.

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Resilience Journalism Fellowship open [Worldwide]

Midcareer journalists interested in climate change reporting can apply for this program.

CUNY’s Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism is organizing the Resilience Journalism Fellowship Feb. 24 to March 1,  2019 in New York.

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Open Society Fellowship open [Worldwide]

Journalists who want to create innovative approaches to social issues can apply for this fellowship.

The Open Society Fellowship seeks proposals that address new and radical forms of ownership, governance, entrepreneurship and financialization. 

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Magnum Foundation offers fellowships [Worldwide]

Recent graduates and budding photographers can apply for this program in New York.

The Magnum Foundation is accepting candidates for the Magnum Foundation Fellowship.

The six-week program, running from February to April 2019, enables fellows to produce an in-depth project that demonstrates a commitment to social issues and community-based work in the city.

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Contest seeks Investigative stories on bribery [Worldwide]

Print reporters, citizen journalists and bloggers who focused on bribery cases can compete for a prize.         

TRACE International, a nonprofit anti-bribery organization, hosts a prize for investigative reporting that focuses on uncovering commercial bribery with the goal of advancing transparency in the business community.

Works must have appeared in print or online in 2018 and may cover actual violations of law as well as activities that create significant conflicts of interest and related misconduct. Entries not originally written/produced in English must be accompanied by a translation.

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Deutsche Welle hosts intensive training [Worldwide]

Journalists with knowledge of English, German and other languages can apply for the program.

DW Akademie is accepting applications for its 18-month traineeship, beginning September 2019. The program offers a mix of academic study and on-the-job learning.

The selected candidates spend the first six months participating in theory and practice-oriented seminars. The next nine months are spent in various Deutsche Welle editorial departments in Bonn, Berlin and one of the organization’s foreign bureaus in Brussels, Washington or Moscow. Trainees spend an additional month at Deutschlandradio.

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Reuters Institute offers journalism fellowships at Oxford [Worldwide]

Midcareer journalists can apply for a fellowship at Oxford University, United Kingdom.

The Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism seeks applicants for its Journalist Fellowship program, which will begin October 2019 or January 2020 and last one to three terms.

The program gives visiting journalists from around the world an opportunity to critically reflect upon their profession, to research a subject of their choice under the supervision of an academic specializing in that area, and to enjoy the breadth of academic, cultural and social life at the University of Oxford.

Applicants must have at least five years of journalism experience and strong English skills.

Most Journalist Fellowships are fully-funded and cover living costs and accommodation.

The deadline is Feb. 11, 2019.

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OPEN Media Hub offers funding for journalism projects [Eastern Europe, Caucasus, MENA]

Online and video journalists, as well as bloggers and citizen journalists, from Azerbaijan, Algeria, Armenia, Belarus, Egypt, Georgia, Jordan, Libya, Lebanon, Moldova, Morocco, Palestine, Russia, Tunisia and Ukraine can apply for funding.

The Open Media Hub has launched a Call for Expression of Interest for Production Support. The initiative aims to support journalists to create content that is based on stories that were already produced and published on the organization’s website.

Winners will receive grants of up to EUR7,000 as well as practical guidance on content production and distribution.

The deadline is Jan. 18, 2019.

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Journalism exchange program open [Africa, Germany]

Journalists ages 25 to 40 from Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Germany can apply.

The International Journalists’ Programmes (IJP) are offering fellowships to up to six young Southern African journalists and up to five young German journalists. The Southern African-German Journalists‘ Bursary is intended to enable young journalists to gain insights into the political, economic, cultural and social fabric of the host country.

For two months, Southern African delegates will have the chance to work in Germany, followed by German delegates in Africa. They will be integrated into the day-to-day journalism of their host newsroom while researching stories for their home media.

The delegates will receive a fixed payment of EUR3,000 to cover most of their travel, accommodation and living expenses.

Candidates must have a strong command of English. German is an advantage but not mandatory.

The deadline is Feb. 15, 2019.

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RBM Partnership 20th Anniversary – 30th October 2018

Today marks the 20th Anniversary of the launch of the RBM Partnership to End Malaria, the global platform for co-ordinated action on malaria.

To celebrate this anniversary, the Partnership is today announcing the launch of the RBM Partnership to End Malaria media fellowship, offering journalists from the 11 countries with the highest burdens of malaria the opportunity to learn from leading malaria experts and be introduced to some of the exciting projects on the ground in their regions, to support and inspire journalists in making a real difference in eliminating malaria through their work.

The Partnership is also looking back the greatest achievements from the malaria-fighting community last 20 years, which include reducing deaths caused by malaria by over 60%, and contributing to an 1,000% increase in malaria funding. A video looking at some of these highlights is available here – however do let us know if you would be interested in finding out more about these achievements for a wider feature on progress achieved so far against malaria.

Please find the full press release below including more information about the RBM Partnership’s 20th Anniversary and the new media fellowship. If you would also be interested in applying for the fellowship yourself or sharing the opportunity with a colleague, please click here for more information about the application process.


Mobile Film Festival seeks videos on human rights [Worldwide]

Professional and amateur filmmakers are invited to make a one-minute video for a chance to receive EUR20,000 (US$23,561).


English course for journalists open [Worldwide]

The University of California, Berkeley is offering the Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) “English for Journalists, Part 2” through edX.


Smithsonian photo contest accepting entries [Worldwide]

Professional and amateur photographers can enter for a chance to win US$2,500.


John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships 2019/2020 at Stanford University

Each year, JSK brings together up to 20 fellows from around the world to work on ideas to address the most urgent problems facing journalism. If you aspire to be a leader who can help reimagine and transform journalism, you should apply for our program.


Funding to enable innovation in video journalism [Worldwide]

The Google News Initiative (GNI) YouTube innovation funding will provide up to US$250,000 to support news organizations in building sustainable, innovative video operations.


ICFJ offers webinar on leading cross-border data journalism projects [Worldwide]

Journalists can join a webinar led by ICFJ Knight Fellow Jacopo Ottaviani at 10 a.m. EDT Sept. 26 on the tools and strategies newsrooms can use to lead cross-border data journalism projects.


Contest recognizes coverage of labor migration [Worldwide]

Professional journalists are invited to submit a written article, photo, audio or video to this contest organized by the International Labour Organization.


UNDP/UNESCO 2018 IATI Research Challenge for Journalists | Opportunities For Africans

UNDP and UNESCO are jointly launching the “AITI Research Challenge for Journalists” – a research and writing competition for journalists around the world, aged between 15 and 25.
Application Deadline: 20 December, 2018.