Wednesday, May 14, 2008

The Reuters – IUCN Media Awards

Application deadline June 15, 2008

The Reuters – IUCN Media Awards is a worldwide competition in environmental journalism to recognise excellence in professional reporting on environmental and sustainable development issues; and foster a dialogue between journalists and experts to encourage informative reporting based on sound scientific data.

The Awards are open to journalists in print and online news services throughout the world. Journalists are invited to submit entries related to environment and sustainable development.

The global winner, selected from six regional winners, receives a cash prize of US$5,000. The six regional winners receive a trophy and a travel grant to attend the global awards ceremony in October 2008.

For more information and entry form click

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Reuters' workshop on writing international news

The Reuters Foundation is offering a course on international news writing for journalists from the developing world in London from August 11 to 22. Last day to apply: June 27.
The course will focus on the writing of international news, as practiced by Reuters and other global news organizations. Through practice exercises, emphasis will be placed on improving basic reporting skills including accuracy, impartiality, speed, clarity and structure.

Scholarships are available for journalists from the developing world with limited recourses. Partial scholarships are also offered to journalists who can afford to pay for their costs through their organizations. Regular tuition fees are UK£2000 (US$3,905) for travel and accommodations for 10 days.
Those interested should have fluency in English and have worked for print or other media organizations for at least two years. Interested persons must submit a 250-word essay outlining their career, two recent examples of their work in English, and a statement of 250-500 words describing why this workshop would benefit them.
For more information click here

Friday, May 9, 2008

Global Shining Light Award

Nominees for the second Global Shining Light Award are now asked to send in
their projects to the jury, by June 15th.

The prize is at USD 1000 and a free trip and stay at the fifth Global
Investigative Journalism Conference in Lillehammer, Norway in September.


The journalist, journalism team and/or media outlet provided independent,
investigative reporting, which was broadcast or published between January 1,
2007 and December 31, 2007, and which:

• Originated in and affected a developing or emerging country
• Was of an investigative nature
• Uncovered an issue, a wrong-doing and/or a system of corruption which
affected the common good, and
• Did so in the face of arrest, imprisonment, violence against them and
families, and/or threats and intimidation


Nominations for this award may be made by independent Investigative
organizations, associations of journalists, independent media outlets, or a
investigative journalist.


• A nomination letter listing the journalist's name (or names of team
members), and
name of his/her media organization with address, telephone number, fax and
• The letter should provide a brief summary of the entry topic, explaining
importance of the story, the challenges faced in reporting it, and the
impact it made upon its broadcast or publication.
• One English-translated copy of the published entry or one copy of the
broadcast material with an English-translated copy of the script

Entries must be received no later than June 15th 2008. Entries (articles,
tv/radio) can also be sent on CD-ROM/DVD.

Entries should be sent to: Bibiana Dahle Piene, c/o The Norwegian Journalism
P.O. Box 8793 Youngstorget, 0028 OSLO, NORWAY.


The winning entrant will be notified by the first week of August 2008.
Airfare, hotel, per diems and conference registration for the journalist or
one member of the team, is
included in the award.

The presentation of the $1000.00 award and a plaque will be made at the
banquet of the Global Investigative Journalism Conference.

For more information click here

Thursday, May 8, 2008

USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism Program

Application Deadline: June 16, 2008

The USC Annenberg School for Communication and The Getty Foundation have announced the 7th annual USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism Fellowship. Formerly held during the spring, the program for 2008 will be offered in the fall (November 1 to 22), in order to coincide with USC`s academic year and take advantage of the resources available through the University, including its new Master`s Program in arts journalism.

Six to seven arts journalists who bring distinction to the field will be chosen from the applicant pool. This is an international program for mid-career arts editors, critics and reporters from print, radio, television and online who cover the performing and visual arts, architecture, literature, entertainment and pop culture. They can be generalists or specialists. Staff writers, editors and freelancers and self-employed Web journalists alike are welcome to apply.

Based in Los Angeles, the fellowship is a total immersion experience that includes attending as many as 23 performances, art exhibitions and architectural sites. Participants will visit private studios, rehearsal rooms, architectural firms and art schools providing many behind-the-scene opportunities to meet renowned artists, arts administrators and accomplished journalists face-to-face.


Institute dates: November 1-22, 2008

How to apply: Email an application request to Include your name, media affiliation(s), number of years you have been practicing arts journalism and your contact information. In addition, please note if you have applied in the past and for what year.

Notification of Acceptance: August 8, 2008

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Cost: The program covers most expenses, including: roundtrip travel to and from Los Angeles, hotel, most meals, reading materials, Internet access in your hotel room and transportation within Los Angeles.


Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Applications invited for AFPF and Daniel Pearl Fellowships 2009

Alfred Friendly Press Fellowships and Daniel Pearl Foundation has just invited applications for 2009 fellows.

Applications would be accepted till August 1, 2008 from print and online journalists for the 2009 Alfred Friendly and Daniel Pearl Fellowships. Successful candidates will report for American newspapers from March-August 2009. Since 1984, AFPF has provided on-the-job training to 258 journalists from 78 developing countries. In the United States Fellow learn practices, standards and values of U.S. journalism which they can adapt, share and apply in their own countries.

Applicants for the fellowships must meet the following minimum criteria of eligibility:

-Current full-time employment as a journalist for the news or editorial departments of independent newspapers, wire services, online publications, or magazines of general public interest in a developing country;

- At least three years of full-time professional experience as a journalist in the print/online media;

- Citizenship of a developing country;

- Early to mid-career status and between 25 and 35 years old;

- A demonstrated personal commitment to a career in journalism in a developing country;

- Ability and desire to share what is learned on the fellowship with other journalists at home;

- Endorsement from the management of the home publication;

- An excellent command of both written and spoken English as all activities are conducted in English.

Click here for more infomation and application form.

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Remembering Daniel Pearl on World Press Freedom Day

Remember those who lost their lives in the way for their job to provide truth to readers. Remember Daniel Pearl today, who was assassinated while performing his duty in Pakistan. Pay tributes to him and remind him that we stand by him. We stand by truth.
Hundreds of journalists are killed every year. We curse dictators for targeting journalists, but we pay salute to our colleagues, our friends who are not among us at this time but will remembered forever. You can find statistics and background of journalists killed around the world from 1992 to April 4 2008 here.
Today is May 3, World Press Freedom Day, so remember all the journalists who are attacked. They were the people, who showed reality to the readers.
China is going to have Olympic games, but journalists are not free to cover it. We want freedom unlimited! We will not stay in boundaries. Read about China's curbs on press here.
World Press Freedom Day is celebrated every year on 3 May worldwide. It is an opportunity to celebrate the fundamental principles of press freedom; to evaluate press freedom, to defend the media from attacks on their independence and to pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the line of duty.
Read about history of press freedom day here.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Lorenzo Natali Prize for journalism

Application Deadline: June 30

Journalists who have covered democracy, human rights and/or development can enter the Lorenzo Natali Prize for journalism, in honor of the now deceased former vice-president of the European Commission in charge of cooperation and development policies.

Print, online, radio and TV journalists are invited to submit an application, including one journalistic work or an extract of a series of journalistic works that has been printed or aired between January 1, 2007 and June 30, 2008.

In 2007, more than 1529 journalists from 165 countries participated. Fifteen award winners were selected by an independent jury, made up of NGO representatives, leading journalists, and news agency representatives.

In the words of Louis Michel, Commissiorner for development and humanitarian aid, "The Natali Prize was created in 1992 by the European Union so as to promote quality journalism and to remind the memory of the dedication of Lorenzo Natali, former vice-president of the European Commission in charge of cooperation for the development between 1985 and 1989. His work and personal commitment very much contributed to increase the importance of the cooperation policy for the development in the European Communities of that time."

For further details and submission of the application click here.