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CHARM Media Fellowship 2020



CHARM Media Fellowship 2020

Are you a journalist covering issues/events on civil society, media, gender, labour, LGBTQI+ or environmental and Indigenous rights? Would you welcome additional funding to help tell important, untold human rights related stories from across Africa?

The Consortium to Promote Human Rights, Civic Freedoms and Media Development in Sub-Saharan Africa (CHARM-AFRICA) is inviting journalists, media professionals and producers to apply for the 2020 Media Fellowship, which runs from September 2020- February 2021. The fellowships are part of CHARM-Africa’s ongoing work to protect and expand the space for civil society organisations and human rights defenders, as well as nurture and enhance the effectiveness of independent media and journalism in the region.

This fellowship will support selected candidates to report on key issues that explore restrictions on civic freedoms, including the freedoms of expression, assembly and association, as well as human rights – with a specific focus on women, labour, LGBTQI+, environmental and Indigenous rights, and the rights of journalists and activists.

This fellowship award includes:
• A cash award of $3000 to cover time and expenses;
• Introduction and access to sources;
• Introductions and connections with CIVICUS Alliance members;
• Invitation to CIVICUS and CHARM virtual events.
• Opportunity to network with other media professionals working on similar issues.

Eligibility Requirements
The fellowship is open to journalists from Africa, who publish or broadcast with local, regional, national or international media organisations.

We welcome applications from journalists covering issues/events on civil society, media, gender, labour, LGBTQI+, and environmental and Indigenous rights. Preference will be given to multi-skilled journalists who can produce content for different platforms.

1. Fellows are expected to produce a minimum of three (3) stories related to thematic issues under the CHARM-Africa project, for publication/broadcast on national and international media platforms;
2. Fellows will be expected to work collaboratively with the CIVICUS communications team and CHARM partners in the generation of story ideas and content production;
3. Where possible, fellows will be encouraged to gather editorial content (photography, video, interviews) for distribution by CIVICUS to various other partners and media networks and platforms.

CIVICUS and CHARM-Africa will:
• Provide networking, knowledge sharing, and dialogues opportunities between global media fellows.
• Promote all fellows’ published content through our global social media channels, website, newsletters and networks.
• Include fellows, with contact details, on a media page and facilitate networking opportunities with high profile speakers and conference delegates.

Send your applications to by Friday, August 28, 2020.

Application Requirements:

To apply, you are to provide the following:
• A copy of your curriculum vitae;
• A motivation for applying, this may be a short video (1:30) of yourself outlining why you would want to participate in this fellowship, or any other format.
• Three professional references;
• Three examples (links) of published work by you on related issues.
• Letter of agreement to participate and publish from editor or producer.
• An outline (maximum 3 pages) of your proposed reporting project, which includes: – at least 3 story ideas on the key areas of civil society, media, gender, labour, LGBTQI or environmental and Indigenous rights that you would cover. (150-200 words each). – Publication information – Please indicate where the stories will be published.

Journalists reporting in English, French, Spanish, Arabic, or Portuguese are invited to apply.

Note: We will select a maximum of four applicants for the 2020 Media Fellowship.

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Ian Parry Scholarship Prize 2021 For Young Photo Journalists



Ian Parry Scholarship Prize 2021 For Young Photo Journalists

Ian Parry was a photojournalist who died while on assignment for The Sunday Times during the Romanian revolution in 1989. He was just 24 years of age. Aidan Sullivan, then picture editor, and Ian’s friends and family created the Ian Parry Scholarship in order to build something positive from such a tragic death. Each year we hold an international photographic competition for young photographers who are either attending a full-time photographic course or are under 24.

The Ian Parry Scholarship is divided into two categories: The Sunday Times Award for Achievement and The Canon Award for Potential.

The entry criteria for both is the same and the judges will make their decisions based on the individual merits of the entries. Entrants must submit a portfolio and a clear proposal of a project they would undertake if they won the scholarship.


Benefits include:

Each winner will receive $3,500 towards their chosen project.

Canon Europe continues to support the Scholarship and loans equipment to the winners.

Attend a portfolio review day with leading industry experts in London (covid permitting).

Mentorship Programme, we offer a year-long personal Mentorship to the winner of The Canon Award for Potential.

Both winners will have the opportunity to take part in the Transmissions Programme at Visa Pour L’Image in Perpignan.

World Press Photo, automatically accepts the winner of the Achievement Award into its final list of nominees for the Joop Swart Masterclass in Amsterdam.

Your work will appear in The Sunday Times Magazine, our media sponsor.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Ian Perry Scholarship Prize 2021

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