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.

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PMA's CEO, Kristian Porter, giving a keynote address

Kristian Porter: Speech on media literacy, mis- and disinformation


PMA's CEO called for a multi-stakeholder, collaborative effort to combat mis- and disinformation during his speech at CBU's AGA. 

Headshots of the successful recipients of this year's Global Grants.

Meet our 2022 Global Grantees!


From learning how digitalisation can improve sports coverage to a transnational collaboration project, PMA has announced 2022's Global Grants.

Flooding Freeport ZNS

PSM Unpacked | Public media: A lifeline during emergencies


PMA members: Join us for our next virtual roundtable forum on the vital role of public media during emergencies.

Ukraine protests Warsaw

Call-out: Journalists in Exile


Does your newsroom have any opportunities – funding, training, fellowship, employment, or other – to offer to journalists in exile?

Radiodays Asia 2022

Radiodays Asia 2022


PMA members are eligible for exclusive discounts on tickets for this year's Radiodays Asia event in Kuala Lumpur.

CBU AGA

Register now for the CBU 53rd Annual General Assembly!


PMA members can now register for the Caribbean Broadcasting Union’s (CBU) AGA! The event will take place 15-17 August in Tobago.

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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

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Upcoming deadlines, workshops and opportunities

How to cover the climate crisis — and fight disinformation

8 August – September 4

Welcome to the Knight Center’s new MOOC, “How to Cover the Climate Crisis — and Fight Disinformation,” organized by the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas and sponsored by Google News Initiative. During this four-week massive open online course, which will be held from August 8 – September 4, 2022, students will learn about climate science and climate journalism, as well as efforts to fight disinformation that tries to undermine climate science.

[Text sourced from Knight Center]

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STOP Spillover Story Grants 

Deadline: 8 August 2022

To enable journalists to disseminate science-based information to the communities most at risk, EJN has joined a global consortium led by Tufts University and USAID, known as STOP Spillover, which is working to understand and address the risks posed by known zoonotic viruses with the potential to spill over from animals and cause outbreaks, epidemics, and pandemics in humans.

As part of this project, EJN is offering story grants to journalists to increase public information and journalists’ capacity around this topic. With 1-1 mentoring, journalists will be well-positioned to combat mis- and disinformation and produce high-quality reporting on the threats of zoonotic diseases as well as the solutions to prevent future spillover events.

[Text sourced from Earth Journalism]

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European Cross-border Grants

Deadline: 18 August 2022

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.

These are projects that have great news value and depth, and at the same time are original, innovative and time-consuming, and would not be realised without financial support. Projects can include cross-border research, networking between colleagues, and established and innovative investigative methods.

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Apply for our global COP27 journalism fellowship (in-person or virtual)

Deadline: 19 August 2022

The world is already turning its gaze to the city of Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, where the UN Climate Negotiations (COP27) will be taking place this year, from 7-18 November 2022. This conference could be a chance to turn the Glasgow outcome into action, through the implementation of climate change adaptation, mitigation, and financial strategies. So, this year, we’re happy to let you know that there are two ways you can join our fellowship to get training and cover the critical issues for your country and region throughout the negotiations. You could be with the team in Egypt or you could opt to be part of our virtual team. Either way, you’ll be receiving training from climate reporters with years of experience telling the COP stories!  

[Text sourced from Climate Tracker] 

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Media for Democracy

Deadline: 5 September 2022

Grants can be used to implement activities aiming at strengthening the media in Poland – particularly local and civic ones – so that they can more comprehensively and more effectively pursue functions that are essential from the perspective of contemporary democracy and protection of the democratic order, namely:

  • controlling the government, public institutions, business and other public debate participants;
  • creating space for informed exchange of opinions and outlooks on public affairs and institutions representing different viewpoints;
  • providing credible and proven information

Grants will be awarded to projects that benefit at least 5 editorials or publishers and/or journalists associated with at least 5 editorials or publishers. This rule applies to each of the projects, so each of the granted projects must reach at least such target group.

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NEWS-Journalism partnerships

Deadline: 7 September 2022

The European news media sectors are facing multiple challenges. The digital transition is having a massive impact on how news is consumed and monetised, changing the value propositions that prevailed in the analogue era. Digitisation has facilitated the publication of news, but it has also intensified competition of content across borders on a global scale.

Journalism Partnerships aim to help the wider European news media sector become more sustainable and resilient, thus contributing to trustworthy reporting on current affairs, to an informed and inclusive democratic debate, to skills development and employment for news media professionals and journalists, and to a free, diverse and pluralistic media environment. 

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Local Cross-Border Journalism

Deadline: 8 September 2022

Is there an appealing, intriguing, refreshing and engaging story(s) in your local city that you want to share with the world? Would your story have some correlation with other local European cities or around the world? Are there local issues that you could bring to life by comparing and contrasting with other local European cities who may be experiencing the same issues?

We are hungry for stories from your own backyard! Stories that are not only hard-hitting investigative journalism but also awe-inspiring. As we are currently living in a polarising world where bad stories are newsworthy, we also welcome investigative stories of change and hope, and to give a platform to local voices. In every nook and crannies and corners of the world, there are plenty of stories waiting to be told. Let yourself be the guide to the way people view your own city. 

As we aim to increase local investigative journalists in Europe, we believe that this grant programme will be a step toward the right direction. We are highly focused on cross-border collaboration. Work with your peers from other parts of Europe to bring your stories to life and expand your reach. 

[Text sourced from journalismfund.eu] 

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Press and Media Councils and Professional Standards

Deadline: 20 September 2022

This action aims to further strengthen the position of press and media councils in a converged media environment and help in further development of deontological standards. It outcomes will include the development and maintenance of a database on media self-regulatory bodies; exchange of best practices; support to new media councils; training for journalists; cooperation with media regulators; assistance in developing journalistic standards, including through the pan-EU Working Group. It follows up on the preparatory action “Media councils in digital age”.

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Empowering Women Journalists in Pakistan

Deadline: 10 October 2022

The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Consulate General Karachi (PAS Karachi) is pleased to announce an open competition for assistance award through this Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO). The project set forth in this NOFO will increase the number of qualified women journalists and reporters in Sindh and Balochistan through professional training and the creation of a formal support network for women journalists. This two-year grant will build the capacity of entry-level journalists; strengthen mid-level capacity in ethical journalism, countering disinformation, and countering workplace harassment; train women in entrepreneurship to support independent reporting and income generation; and create a strong community of women media professionals through quarterly networking opportunities with U.S. and Pakistani journalists.  The project will culminate in a conference in Karachi for all program participants.  

[Text sourced from Grants.Gov]

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Investigation Grants for Environmental Journalism

Deadline: 13 October 2022

While news media and newsrooms still predominantly operate nationally, most power structures and societal and environmental problems transcend national boundaries. This grant programme is therefore aimed at cross-border teams of investigative journalists and newsrooms to investigate and document illegal, unreported and unregulated abuse of nature that involves European affairs in and outside Europe.

[Text sourced from journalismfund.eu]

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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.

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How to become a forensic pro (French)

Take the open-access training designed by AFP for all journalists and journalism students, with support from the Google News Initiative.

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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]

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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.

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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.

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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]

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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.

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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.’

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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]

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.”

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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]

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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.

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“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

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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:

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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.”

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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]

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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. 

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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. 

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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:

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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]

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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.

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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.

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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]

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Last updated on 29 July 2022

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