ICFJ Early Childhood Development Reporting Fellowship for Journalists (All Expense paid)

Call for Entries:
Early Childhood Development Reporting Fellowship

Course(s) Offered: Journalism
Course Level: Training fellows
Provider: ICFJ
Country to Study in: Several countries

Scholarship Description
The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), in partnership with the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) and Fundação Maria Cecilia Souto Vidigal, is recruiting for Early Childhood Development Reporting Fellows.

The goal of the fellowships is to improve news coverage of child health and form a global network of reporters covering this critically-important issue. This is the second of three groups of fellows that will be recruited over the next two years.

Interested in becoming an influencer and leader for children’s development in your country? If producing high quality reporting and solution-orientated stories about nutrition and early childhood development issues is one of your passions, then apply to this year-long fellowship, which will include two international reporting trips as well as continuing mentoring and several virtual webinars.

The Fellowship is open to journalists covering issues of child health and development for news outlets based in Bangladesh, Brazil, India, Kenya, Nigeria and Tanzania. An ideal candidate will have previous experience covering early childhood development issues, but journalists who currently cover health or nutrition-related topics and are interested in increasing their coverage of children's issues are welcome to apply.

Successful applicants must be employed by a news outlet or have a commitment to publish/broadcast from a news outlet to participate. Applicants must be proficient in English. Stories submitted may be written in your native language; however, reporting project proposals must be submitted in English.

Selection criteria:
Selection will be based on professional qualifications, relevant experience, previous reporting on childhood development, and demonstrated impact on policy or development issues.

Eligible groups
Citizens of Bangladesh, Brazil, India, Kenya, Nigeria and Tanzania

Participating Institutions
International Center for Journalists (ICFJ)

Fields of work
The program will begin with a virtual orientation (webinar) after which each fellow will be assigned a mentor who will work with them as they produce stories on early childhood development issues. ICFJ will conduct regular webinars during the year of the fellowship.

The program also includes two reporting trips. ICFJ will send all fellows to a country that is implementing a successful and innovative approach to supporting childhood development. The fellows will meet with early childhood development experts in the field and will produce stories with the help of their mentors.

ICFJ and its partners are currently working on selecting the dates and destinations for both trips. ICFJ will cover all of the fellowship expenses.

Number of awards
Eight (8) fellows will be recruited

Sponsorship duration
The fellowship is a year-long commitment. This is the second of three groups of fellows that will be recruited over the next two years. The fellowship term for this second cohort will run from October 2017 – October 2018.

Scholarship benefits
During the year-long program, the fellows will receive virtual training, mentoring and financial support to produce regular stories on nutrition and early-childhood development, relevant to their home countries.

ICFJ covers all of the travel expenses, including visas, flights, hotels and local transportation.

Method of Application
To become a 2017 Fellow, candidates must complete a Fellowship application. Applicants should include: i). A resume or CV, ii). Examples of stories produced on early-childhood development, and iii). A reporting-project proposal that outlines story ideas the Fellow will pursue and a reporting and publishing/broadcasting plan. You may apply here.

Entries must be submitted by 11:59 p.m., U.S. Eastern time, Sunday, August 6, 2017

International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) is a non-profit, professional organization located in Washington, D.C., United States, that promotes journalism worldwide. Since 1984, the International Center for Journalists has worked directly with thousands of journalists. ICFJ offers hands-on training, workshops, seminars, fellowships and international exchanges to reporters and media managers around the globe. It trains citizen and professional journalists in many countries.

Application Deadline: 6 August 2017
Open to International Applicants: No (ONLY Africans)

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