Upcoming deadlines for grants, workshops and other opportunities for media workers

Scroll to discover opportunities for media workers, practitioners, researchers and journalists. All opportunities are in chronological order and separated into PMA-specific, Featured and Month-by-Month sections.

Good luck!

PMA Projects & Workshops


Register, watch and take part

Fake news misinformation

New Project: Thwarting disinformation in the Caribbean


Our next project — set to improve the capacity of Caribbean media workers to promote media literacy and thwart disinformation — is here!

The highlights of our Haiti crisis management project


Our Haitian crisis management project is now concluded. Here are the project's highlights, from training sessions to a new code of conduct.

HAITI PROJECT UPDATE: #IWD2022 event follows successful workshop


As a prelude to International Women's Day 2022, PMA and its partners organised an event in Haiti on digital safety for female journalists.

UNESCO IPDC

HAITI PROJECT BEGINS: Capacity building of journalist reporting in crisis situations


Our journalist safety and disinformation project for Haitian media professionals begins tomorrow with a virtual workshop for 31 participants! 

Virtual launch of research report and media recovery plan

Regional collaboration key to future sustainability of media


Media stakeholders agreed on the importance of enhanced regional collaboration at the launch of PMA's new report and media recovery plan.

journalists

Report: Impact of Covid-19 on media in Southeast Asia


A research report into the key impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the media across Southeast Asia, and a draft Media Recovery Plan.

Events

Browse upcoming public media events and dates of interest
Featured opportunity

PMA has compiled a collection of resources on reporting in Ukraine, including information on financial assistance, which can be found by clicking the button below.

Resources for Media Workers Covering the Conflict in Ukraine

Month by month


Upcoming deadlines, workshops and opportunities

Call for bids: The Latin American Regional Investigative Journalism Project 2022

Deadline: 15 May

“As part of the Combatting Illicit Economies Programme, The Latin American Regional Investigative Journalism Project is open for bids from Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Panama and Venezuela.” The CIEP is funded through the UK’s Conflict Stability and Security Fund.

“Proposals should demonstrate a clear strategy by which investigative journalism can be used to analyse, provide evidence and raise awareness around the interplay of transparency and corruption dynamics, organised crime and illicit financial flows within Latin America. Successful bidders should outline a series of project outputs that will support the achievement of an outcome or outcomes linked to the strategy.”

“The total project bid should not exceed GBP£900,000 over a three-year period (starting April 2022 through to March 2025). We are open to considering different proposals as to how that funding might be split over the three-year period”

[Text sourced from UK Government]

→ MORE INFO


 

Online Course for Journalists from Central and Eastern Europe

Deadline: 15 May 2022

Free Press Unlimited in collaboration with Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab (DFRLab) organises a free online course that is open for journalists and media workers from these 6 countries: Bulgaria, Czechia, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and Romania.

The course will equip participants with skills on how to spot disinformation; identify and analyse medical disinformation; increase digital resilience to disinformation as well as social media analysis tools

A series of workshops will take place on 24th, 25th, 30th and 31st May 2022. All 4 webinars are from 15:00 – 17:00 CET.

→ MORE INFO


 

NED Grants Programme

Proposal submission deadline: 25 May 2022

The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) is still accepting proposals for its annual grants programme, which aims to fund wider aims to advance democratic goals and strengthen democratic institutions.

“NED encourages applications from organizations working in diverse environments including newly established democracies, semi-authoritarian countries, highly repressive societies and countries undergoing democratic transitions… NED funds only nongovernmental organizations, which may include civic organizations, associations, independent media, and other similar organizations… “

→ MORE INFO


EUROPEAN CROSS-BORDER GRANTS

Deadline: 26 May

“This awarded European Cross-Border Grant programme (running since 2009) will support professional journalists who have good ideas for cross-border investigations and for research on European topics. The stories must be relevant to European target groups.”

“Teams of journalists from at least two countries in geographical Europe are eligible to apply.”

[Text sourced from JournalismFund.eu]

MORE INFO

International Fund for Public Interest Media

Deadline: 13 June 2022

“The International Fund for Public Interest Media (IFPIM) is a bold, new multilateral initiative designed to support independent public interest media especially in low and middle income settings and to support long term systemic solutions to the current conditions that prevent independent media financing themselves.”

This first call is open to 17 countries:  Ghana, Kenya, Niger, Senegal, Sierra-Leone, South Africa, Lebanon, Tunisia, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Afghanistan, Malaysia, Nepal, Philippines, Georgia and Ukraine. Organisations can apply for grants up to US$350,000.

→ MORE INFO


Why Does Media Matter for Development?

Next course start date: 20 June

The free, online course developed by the Public Media Alliance in collaboration with colleagues in the Department of International Development at the University of East Anglia, will return in June 2022. Students will explore the important role of different types of media, including community, social, participatory and public media in social change and democratic processes.

→ MORE INFO & REGISTER


The AIBs 2022 Awards

Deadline: 1 July

The Association of International Broadcasting is back with its global TV programming awards. This is its 18th global competition, where it seeks to reward “the world’s best journalism and factual productions across TV, radio and digital.”

The awards officially open on 4 April. More information TBA.

→ MORE INFO


Youth4Regions – the programme for aspiring journalists

Deadline: 11 July 2022

“Youth4Regions is the European Commission programme helping journalism students and young journalists to discover what the EU is doing in their region.”

The programme is targeted at young journalists living in the EU or neighbouring citizen country (aged 18-30) studying journalism or with at least two years’ experience. It offers training on journalism and EU regional policy; mentorship; shadowing renowned journalists during the EU Regions’ Week; visits to EU affairs media headquarters and EU institutions; an opportunity to take part as a journalist in European Commission press trips to Member States in October 2022. The Commission will also cover accommodation, food and travel expenses.

[Text sourced from the European Commission]

→ MORE INFO


African Fact-Checking Awards

Deadline: 15 July 2022

“The African Fact-Checking Awards, the longest-running awards programme honouring fact-checking journalism by the media in Africa, are in their ninth year.  Entries for the 2022 awards are now open to journalists, journalism students, and a newly added category of professional fact-checkers – across the continent.”

“The winners of the working journalist and professional fact-checker categories will each get a prize of US$3,000. The runners-up will receive $1,500. The winner of the student journalist category will be awarded $2,000, and the runner-up $1,000.”

[Text sourced from Africa Check]

→ MORE INFO


INVESTIGATION GRANTS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL JOURNALISM

Deadline: 28 July 2022

This grant programme is offered by the Journalism Fund. It “supports cross-border teams of professional journalists and/or news outlets to conduct investigations into environmental affairs related to Europe.”

“The grant can cover working time and expenses such as logistics, travel, insurance, access to legal support, translations, access to technology and data sets, etc.”

Funding size: €400,000

[Text sourced from Journalism Fund]

→ MORE INFO

FEATURED OPPORTUNITY

Free sustainability training for the TV/Film Industry

Media sustainability solutions organisation, Albert, offers a range of specific online and free training on an ongoing basis for those working in the TV and film industry to help make their productions in a more sustainable way. Sessions include sustainable production training; editorial training; sustainable sports TV and news production training. Many of the sessions will cover environmental basics, the industry’s impact, and production case studies.

Find out more

Judith Neilson Institute’s Grants

JNI’s grants provide journalists and media organisations with the resources they need to produce quality journalism.

Grant proposals should be clear and concise with a plan of how you will reach an audience. Please note that we will always receive more good ideas than we can support. We only respond to submissions we are interested in hearing more about. For freelancers and individuals, we recommend you apply with the support of a media platform.

[Text sourced from The Judith Nielson Institute]

→ MORE INFO


The ERC Collaborative Reporting Grants

The Environmental Reporting Collective is proud to announce we’re accepting applications for Collaborative Investigation Grants open to media outlets, journalists, and freelancers. 

These grants ($1000 to $3000 USD) are specifically aimed at promoting collaboration, and allowing journalists from different countries to work together to fill in gaps in each others’ reporting, especially when tracing environmental crimes across borders.

Funds can be used creatively, and there is no travel requirement. 

Applications are accepted anytime, with decisions made quarterly. Applications will be considered within 3 months of their submission from when applications are opened, to when they are closed.

[Text sourced from ERC]

→ MORE INFO


Digital Journalism Course from Reuters and Facebook Journalism Project

Reuters, in partnership with the Facebook Journalism Project, has launched a course on digital journalism. The free online course offers training in digital newsgathering, verification and publishing skills, along with access to wellness and resilience resources.

→ MORE INFO


Free online course on vaccine reporting 

Vaccines have become a household conversation. But often the talk is inaccurate and full of fear. Quality vaccine journalism ‘talks’ to people. It answers their questions and addresses their doubts. Let’s Talk Vaccines takes you on a journey of discovery from evolving vaccine science to how to hold governments to account to ensure all people get access to a COVID-19 vaccine, and on to strategies to address vaccine misinformation. 

[Text sourced from Internews]

→ MORE INFO


Beyond survival? A new Human Resources research project for PMA members

Our new project aims to develop people management strategies to ensure the development and growth of PSMs in the fragmented digital media landscape.

In an exciting new research project, the Public Media Alliance (PMA) has partnered with Peter Block from the University of Westminster’s Communication and Media Research Institute (CAMRI), to launch a project that will review the processes by which participating PSM’s manage the employer-employee relationship during the employment life-cycle.

The purpose is to highlight issues for the sector at large, identify common themes of staff development needs, and offer some practical recommendations for good practice to the PMA community.

→ MORE INFO


BFI Young Audiences Content Fund

The BFI is administering a three-year pilot fund of £57 million, derived from the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), to help expand the children’s content industry in the UK.

The Fund seeks to support public service broadcasting content aimed at audiences under 18 with the creation and development of new programmes which include PSB values by reflecting UK identity and children’s lives (both regionally and nationally), educating and informing audiences as well as representing more diversity and alternative voices.

‘Production and development awards will contribute to the funding of programmes, shown on television and online platforms, that have public service broadcasting values in live-action and animation and across all genres.’

[Text from BFI]

→ MORE INFO


Collaborative Operations and Services Grant Program [US based]

Organised by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), “The Collaborative Operations and Services (“COS”) grant program is intended to support multistation initiatives to fully develop and implement collaborations, strategic alliances and other forms of partnerships that will increase stations’ abilities and capacities to achieve more together than each can accomplish alone.

The COS will provide smaller grants to assist stations with facilitation, analysis, and research (“FAR”) required for establishing parameters for collaboration efforts (see details below), as well as larger grants for the implementation of serious collaborative efforts.”

[Text sourced from CPB]

→ MORE INFO


Course on diversity in the news and newsrooms

Ongoing

This MOOC, from the Knight Center in partnership with the Google News Initiative, provides four weekly modules from 11 January to 7 February, 2021. This instructor-led course aims to explore how diversity can transform journalism by democratising the profession from within. Over the course’s duration, participants will learn about strategies to diversify newsrooms and retain talent and tools to work on stereotypes and racial biases which may colour news coverage. You can still access this course as a self-enrolled student.

→ MORE INFO


Coverage of the COVID-19 Vaccine: What Journalists Need to Know

The Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas has made their free, Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) available indefinitely for journalists who are interested in improving their coverage on COVID-19 and vaccines. The self-directed, self-paced course is available in English, French, Portuguese and Spanish.

→ MORE INFO


Data Journalism Grant

The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, a non-profit organization that supports independent global journalism, is seeking applications for innovative data-driven journalism projects that spotlight under reported issues. This opportunity is open to all newsrooms and independent journalists in the United States and abroad. 

[Text sourced from Pulitzer Center]

→ MORE INFO


Disinformation and fact-checking in times of COVID-19 in Latin America and the Caribbean (Spanish)

Online

Aimed at journalists and communicators in general, this free training is open to anyone interested in the subject, especially journalism teachers and students. In four weeks, instructor Cristina Tardáguila will explain the origins of fact-checking in journalism and teach the tools necessary to discredit fake news in these times of pandemic.” You can still access this course as a self-enrolled student.

[Text sourced from Knight Center]

The Knight Center offers many other journalism courses. Explore them here.

→ MORE INFO


First Jobs Fund

The Journalists’ Charity recently launched a fund for new journalists starting out in the field. “The fund will offer support with essential costs such as accommodation, moving home, transport and essential work-related equipment.”

→ MORE INFO


Funding available for Black journalists [US based]

The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) and Black Journalists Therapy Relief Fund are providing two emergency funding opportunities. The Black Journalists Therapy Relief Fund is designed to provide financial assistance for Black journalists who are unable to pay for mental health support. The IWMF’s United States Journalism Emergency Fund may address needs related to work, such as medical aid, destroyed or stolen equipment and protective gear; or long-term needs such as trauma, mental health services and referrals to legal support. Applicants must be working journalists and must provide proof of their financial need. 

[Text sourced from IJNet]

→ MORE INFO


ICFJ Knight Fellowships

The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) is looking for outstanding journalists with a background in digital journalism, training or coaching, to work “in key areas of innovation such as newsroom transformation, entrepreneurship and business models, technology creation and adoption, diverse voices in news, investigative reporting, digital security and specialized reporting on health, gender and development.”

“Fellowships are typically a minimum of one year, and may be extended by ICFJ depending on funding and the opportunity for greater impact. Fellowship projects must produce measurable results.”

Proposals for fellowships are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year but there are other opportunities to apply for that can be found on the website.

[Text from ICFJ]


“The Assistance Desk of Reporters Without Borders (RSF) provides financial and administrative assistance to professional journalists and citizen-journalists who have been the victims of reprisals because of their reporting.” Individuals, NGOs and media outlets can apply for support.

[Text sourced from RSF]


Ongoing

The Chilean digital magazine Puroperiodismo, is inviting journalists, developers, designers and innovators residing in Latin America and the Caribbean to participate in this project.

Media professionals who are currently exploring new technologies, approaches to reporting, developing an app or similar are encourage to talk about it in the magazine.

Entries are on an ongoing basis

→ MORE INFO (Spanish)


International Reporting Grants

The Pulitzer Center’s International Reporting grants support reportage on topics of global importance. Grants are open to reporters, photographers, radio/audio journalists, television/video journalists, and documentary filmmakers. COVID-19 projects are currently being prioritised as well as other projects that can be completed in the near term without much travelling. 

→ MORE INFO


IWMF – Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists

The Howard G. Buffet Fund for Women Journalists, established by the International Women’s Media Foundation, provides funding to promote and advance the work of woman-identifying journalists in the news media globally. The fund accepts applications on a rolling basis. Teams of journalists may apply but the submission must be from a woman journalist and her team must include at least 50% women.

→ MORE INFO


NPR Story Lab

“The NPR Story Lab is looking for great ideas. In fact, we’re an idea hub – generating new segments for our news programs, creating radio shows, and launching new podcasts. We want to collaborate with member stations and independent producers. We want to work with new talent that brings a fresh perspective to NPR. We want to keep innovating and leading in the podcast and radio world. The NPR Story Lab is a true creative studio at the heart of NPR, one that fosters experimentation and continues to evolve the sound of public radio.  Tell us your ideas, and let’s make stuff!”

Are you interested in submitting your story or pitching a programme idea to America’s foremost public radio station? NPR are accepting applications on a rolling basis. Get involved via the link below.

→ MORE INFO


OPEN Media Hub offers free online courses [Eastern Europe, MENA] 

Journalists, media managers and other media professionals can take self-directed courses in English, French, Arabic and Russian. The OPEN Media Hub provides e-learning courses as a part of the support for media professionals in the countries of the European Neighborhood, including Central Asia, the Middle East and North Africa. Topics range from media management and content production to media coverage of migration and COVID-19. All courses are free of charge and permanently open. Certificates are available to users who successfully complete them.

[Text sourced from IJNet]

→ MORE INFO


Open Society Initiative for Eastern Africa

Deadline: Ongoing

“OSIEA plays an active role in encouraging open, informed dialogue on issues of importance in Eastern Africa. Through a combination of grant making, advocacy and convening power, OSIEA is able to support and amplify the voices of pro-democracy organizations and individuals in the region and to strengthen their capacity to hold their governments accountable. This includes efforts to defend and support rights activists and pro-democracy advocates who come under attack for their work. ”

The eligibility criteria includes supporting projects based around media and access to information. The OSIEA is available to both organisations and individuals.

Interested grant seekers should consult the OSIEA website for more information on eligibility and application guidelines.

→ MORE INFO


Pitching Investigative Documentaries – GIJN

The Global Investigative Journalism Network (IGJN) launched a collaborative network during a GIJN webinar. This is a platform where pitches for investigative documentaries and long-form productions about Covid-19 can be submitted and passed onto several public broadcaster production teams including BBC Africa, BBC Arabic, CBC Canada, PBS Frontline and RTS in Switzerland as well as Premières Lignes, an independent French TV production and news agency that has worked with France Télévisions.

Submit your pitch here:

→ MORE INFO


Press Freedom Accountability Project grant funding [US based]

Following recent attacks on and intimidation of journalists in the United States, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) is partnering with the News Leaders Association (NLA) to provide journalists with grants between $2,000 and $5,000 to “support reporting on press freedom violations and accountability.”

→ MORE INFO


Rainforest Journalism Fund

Deadlines: Rolling

The Pulitzer Center has a number of grants available under its Rainforest Journalism Fund — the International Rainforest Journalism Fund; the Amazon Rainforest Journalism Fund; the Congo Basin Rainforest Journalism Fund; and the Southeast Asia Rainforest Journalism Fund. The fund represents a major investment in international environmental and climate reporting. Through the Pulitzer Center, the Rainforest Journalism Fund plans to support nearly 200 original reporting projects over the five years’ existence of the Fund, along with annual regional conferences designed to raise the level of reporting on global tropical rainforest issues such as deforestation and climate change and produce stories that make an impact.

[Text sourced from Pulitzer Center]

→ MORE INFO


Rory Peck Trust Assistance Grants for Freelance Journalists

The Rory Peck Trust provides assistance to freelance journalists and their families around the world. Applicants must be able to receive a grant from a British registered charity. 

→ MORE INFO


Rory Peck Trust Training Fund for Freelance Journalists

The Rory Peck Training Fund provides training to freelance journalists to equip them with the essential skills and knowledge needed to work in difficult and potentially dangerous situations. The training fund is available to freelancers who have worked in newsgathering and/or current affairs for a minimum of 18 months. Priority is given to those who work in hostile environments and to those with confirmed assignments. 

→ MORE INFO


The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting Grants

Deadline: Ongoing

The Pulitzer Center has published an advisory note to all new applicants in light of Covid-19. Please read here.

The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting offers several ongoing grants “to support in-depth, high-impact reporting on topics of global importance, including investigations of systemic problems that are often overlooked by mainstream U.S. media.” These include the International Reporting Grant, Rainforest Journalism Fund and Bringing Stories Home: Local Reporting Grants. Freelance and staff journalists from news outlets can apply.

Find out how to apply and the other grants available via the link below:

→ MORE INFO


The Self-Investigation: A free online stress management program for journalists

In partnership with the ICFJ, Open News and the Online News Association, “The self-investigation is a free online program designed to support journalists with knowledge and evidence-based practices they can use to relate to stress and digital overload in a healthier way. This is an opportunity to get access to ongoing support from professionals so you can feel more balanced and tap into your innate resilience. The English language edition will take place over four weeks in July.”

[Text sourced from The Self-Investigation]

→ MORE INFO


Training: Online Courses for Media Professionals

Deadline: Ongoing 

A selection of online tutorials created by the European Journalism Centre and supported by the Google News Initiative.

The diverse new set of courses include ‘Where to hire a data journalist’; ‘Python for journalists’ as well as  “Google Search for Journalists”; “Verification: the basics” and “Managing Data Journalism Projects” among many others.

All courses are free and vary in difficulty. Courses can be completed at the participant’s preferred pace.

→ MORE INFO


Transatlantic Media Fellowship

Ongoing

European media representatives are invited to apply for this fellowship, which will give them the chance to travel across the United States and expand on their knowledge of America and its citizens.

Organized by the Transatlantic Media Network (TMN), the goal of this fellowship is to strengthen the existing transatlantic relationship and improving mutual understanding among journalists and media professionals of both sides of the Atlantic.

The visiting journalists will follow an individual itinerary, created on their skills and interests, which will take them mostly around Washington DC and to visit TMN’s partner institutions, such as universities and journalism schools.

The fellowships may have a different duration but they will all be up to three months.

→ MORE INFO


Poynter hosts online course on trust building 

Journalists who want to learn strategies to earn their communities’ trust can take this course.

Poynter offers the self-directed, online course “How any journalist can earn Trust.”

The training is divided into 10 modules: perceptions of news; tell your audience who you are, explain your ethics and values; transparency: why it’s important and how to do it day-to-day; building trust into beats; engaging with your audience; separate opinion content from news; connecting revenue to trust; build trust by helping people navigate the news; and next steps.

[Text sourced from IJNet]

→ MORE INFO

Last updated on 9 May 2022

If you have any suggestions for grants applications and other opportunities please email PMA at editor@publicmediaalliance.org.