The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) is now accepting applications fro journalists around the world for its 2019 Drowning Prevention Reporting Fellowship. The deadline for submission of applications for the WHO/ICFJ Drowning Prevention Reporting Fellowship is 19th August, 2019.
ICFJ will recruit 10 journalists for the Drowning Prevention 2019 Reporting Fellowship taking place in Durban, South Africa. The selected fellows will have the opportunity to deepen their understanding of drowning prevention and hone the journalism skills needed to cover this often underreported and misunderstood topic by participating in a two-day workshop ahead of the 2019 World Conference on Drowning Prevention. After the workshop, fellows will have the opportunity to attend conference sessions and to meet and interview leading global experts on drowning prevention to help inform their reporting.
During the interactive workshop, ICFJ trainers and WHO technical experts will provide an overview on different aspects of drowning prevention. Trainers will also work with fellows on strengthening the fellows’ reporting skills, using the lens of solutions journalism with a particular focus on tracking down data from different sources, creating data-driven reports, and developing visualizations to engage audiences.
WHO/ICFJ Drowning Prevention Reporting Fellowship Eligibility.
- Open to journalists from around the world
- Journalists must be fluent in English
- Priority will be given to journalists from low- or middle-income countries.
WHO/ICFJ Drowning Prevention Reporting Fellowship Cost.
- The Fellowship will cover all fellowship-related costs, including travel to the conference, accommodations, emergency insurance, meals and registration.
WHO/ICFJ Drowning Prevention Reporting Fellowship Selection Criteria.
- Selection will be based on the journalists’ professional qualifications, relevant experience such as demonstrated interest in the topic of drowning prevention and those interested in developing their data reporting skills in service of public health journalism, English-language proficiency, and endorsement by a newsroom manager.
How to Apply for WHO/ICFJ Drowning Prevention Reporting Fellowship.
Applicants will be asked to provide the following:
- An essay (no more than 500 words) detailing your motivation and goals for seeking the fellowship, including specific changes or achievements you hope to make to your work as a result of the workshop;
- At least two story ideas (300 – 500 words) for in-depth drowning prevention reporting projects that incorporates data. Applicants may focus on their own countries, and include ways to use digital tools and visualizations to engage audiences in a dialogue about drowning prevention;
- A commitment to produce at least three stories about drowning prevention total during and after the conference;
- A brief letter of support from an editor or newsroom manager endorsing the journalist’s participation in the program to demonstrate understanding of the fellowship’s value and support for publishing, posting and/or broadcasting the journalist’s coverage of the conference and story project;
- A brief biography written in the third person (up to 300 words);
- A resume or curriculum vitae;
- At least two examples of recently published stories, ideally ones related to public health, safety and development;
- Proof of a valid passport.
The deadline is August 19, 2019 at 9:00am Eastern Time.
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