CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Team Reporting Fellowship to South Sudan and Uganda, March 2018


REPORTING TRIP DATES: March 14 – March 31, 2018

DEADLINE: December 4, 2017 at 11:59 EDT (Washington, DC)

Apply on the IWMF’s Submittable page

The IWMF is pleased to announce a cross-border team reporting trip to South Sudan and Uganda in March 2018. The IWMF will select teams of women journalists to travel to Juba and Gulu for a cross-border reporting trip focused on regional migration.

This opportunity is part of the African Great Lakes Reporting Initiative. The work of the previous IWMF Great Lakes Fellows has been published and aired by leading media outlets around the world. The IWMF will continue to lead reporting trips to the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda through 2018.

ABOUT THE CROSS-BORDER REPORTING TRIP:

The trip will take place March 14 – March 31, 2018, which includes travel dates. All Fellows will begin their trip in Nairobi, where they will complete a comprehensive security training and an orientation about the Great Lakes Region and the reporting trip locations from March 15 to 18, 2018. Fellows will depart for ten days of in country reporting that will be split between Uganda and South Sudan. The group will have access to five days of in-country reporting (March 19 to 24) from the first country, followed by five days of in-country reporting in the second location (March 25 to 30). The IWMF will determine the order of the South Sudan and Uganda trips based on story plans of fellows selected. Fellows will have the opportunity to network with in-country journalists, collaborate with international peers, and access a wide range of sources and sites relevant to their reporting.

The IWMF reserves the right to change reporting locations based on the real-time security situation in both locations. The feasibility of day trips outside the base locations will be assessed on a case-by-case basis and determined by IWMF security protocols.

ELIGIBILITY:

  • Affiliated or freelance women journalists with three (3) or more years of professional experience working in news media. Internships do not count toward professional experience.
  • Non-native English speakers must have professional written and verbal English skills in order to fully participate in and benefit from the program.
  • Applicant must be able to show proof of interest from an editor or have a proven track record of publication in prominent media outlets.

TEAM APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS:

The IWMF’s March 2018 South Sudan and Uganda Reporting Fellowship is open to teams of two (2) women journalists. Both applicants must meet the eligibility criteria and submit a joint application. If selected, teams will be offered group interviews. Individuals cannot apply for this reporting fellowship. The IWMF encourages team applications that include journalists from Africa.

To apply, we recommend using a shared email address to create your Submittable account and submit your application. Each applicant must provide their personal information and work samples, in addition to submitting a shared statement of interest, story plans, plans for publication and letter of support. Application notifications sent through Submittable will go to the email address associated with the account.

Have questions about the application process? Want to hear from IWMF Fellows about their experiences on the ground? Before submitting an application, journalists are encouraged to review the application criteria and frequently asked questions (FAQs). Also check out our most recent African Great Lakes Fellowship Twitter Chat and a sample application.

TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS AND EXPENSES:

The IWMF arranges travel and in-country logistics for all Fellows within the scope of the Fellowship base location and trip dates. The IWMF also covers Fellowship-related costs within the framework of the reporting trip including travel, lodging, meals, and fixers/interpreters, unless a selected journalist’s news organization wishes to assume these costs. Visa costs will also be covered. Fellows living outside the U.S. are responsible for procuring all necessary visas, for which they will be reimbursed at the conclusion of the Fellowship.

ONLINE APPLICATION:

The IWMF will accept online applications from November 7, 2017 – December 5, 2017 at 11:59 EDT (Washington, DC).

Apply on the IWMF’s Submittable page.

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