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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UNESCO IPDC

Projet : Protéger les journalistes en Haïti et lutter contre la désinformation et la mésinformation pendant une pandémie


Nous sommes heureux d'annoncer notre prochain projet de renforcement des capacités des journalistes en Haïti.

journalists

PROJECT UPDATE | PMA partners with Asia Democracy Network for UNESCO – IPDC project


PMA partners with the Asia Democracy Network on the impacts of COVID-19 on media freedom, media viability and journalists’ safety in Southeast Asia project.

conflict

Registration open for three-day conflict reporting workshop for journalists in South Asia


Deadline: 30 July 2021

Registration is now open for our conflict reporting workshop for journalists and media stakeholders from South Asia.

MOOC

MOOC: Why does media matter for development?


Open now

Sign up to our free MOOC in partnership with the University of East Anglia exploring media representations, social media, participatory media, community and public media.

journalists

Project: The Impact of COVID-19 on Media Freedom, Media Business Viability and the Safety of Journalists in Southeast Asia


Our new project seeks to identify and respond to challenges to media freedom, media viability and journalist safety in Southeast Asia amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

panelist Marwa Daher

Welcoming New Neighbours: How public media works for refugees and asylum seekers


Watch our special event as part of Refugee Week, exploring how public broadcasters are covering the lives of refugees and asylum seekers as they make new homes here in the UK.

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Upcoming deadlines, workshops and opportunities

Stars4Media Call for initiatives

Second deadline: 1st July 2021

Stars4Media has launched its second edition of its exchange and training programme for media professionals from EU countries. “Developed by the media and for the media, and co-funded by the EU, Stars4Media is supporting collaborative initiatives developed by at least two media organisations from two different EU countries. These initiatives should contribute to innovation in new editorial products and formats, emerging technologies or other innovations at the organisational level.“

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Call for applications: IPDC/PMA/MAN Conflict Reporting Workshop for Journalists in South Asia

Deadline for applications: 2 July

Workshop dates in Nepal*: 28-30 September 2021

The Public Media Alliance in collaboration with Media Action Nepal and support from the UNESCO New Delhi office, is hosting a three-day workshop to develop a code of ethics to contribute towards strengthening the South Asia media environment.

The workshop is open to practicing journalists and media workers with at least three years’ experience that live and work in Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Maldives or Sri Lanka. It will provide an excellent networking opportunity and the space to devise strategies for reporting on conflict accurately, impartially and responsibly. The workshop is part of our new project, “Code of Ethics to Improve Conflict Sensitive Reporting and Safety of Journalists in South Asia”. 

Please note: We aim to have a physical event in Nepal but the workshop may be moved online depending on the developing COVID-19 pandemic.

More information and to apply

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The AIBs 2021

Deadline: 2 July 

The Association for International Broadcasters is welcoming entries for its annual awards competition across a range of TV and video categories, including the natural world, international affairs, single news report and continuous news reporting.

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Press Freedom Accountability Project grant funding [US based]

Deadline: 11 July 2021

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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EU #Youth4Regions programme for aspiring journalists

Deadline: 12 July

Youth4Regions is an EU programme designed to allow young journalists to discover and report on what the EU is doing in their region. The programme offers training in journalism and EU policy; mentorship; visits to EU affairs media headquarters and EU institutions as well as ‘the unique opportunity to take part as a journalist in European Commission press trips to Member States’.

Applicants must be between 18-30 years old, with a background in journalism – either through studies or at least 2 years of professional experience and must be available for the 10-15 October 2021.

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The International Women’s Podcast Awards

Deadline: 16 July

The Skylark Collective, a global membership community that supports and promotes female voices in the podcasting world, has opened entries for their inaugural Podcast Awards this year to celebrate podcast achievements. Categories include ‘Moment of Comedy Gold’ to ‘Moment of Behind-The-Scenes Brilliance’ . Entries cost £25 each.

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Global Shorts Doc Forum 2021

Deadline: 22 July

One World Media has opened invitations for short documentary filmmakers from around the world to apply to attend a four-week long forum in October. The forum includes an online training programme and one-to-one pitch meetings, as well as masterclasses, workshops and mentoring that will ‘help take your short doc from conception to commission.’

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Global Health Reporting Initiative

The IWMF will select a total of 30 journalists to participate in our Global Health Reporting Initiative this year. From September to December 2021, our cohort will participate in a virtual course that will increase access to global and regional experts, trusted sources and evidence-based information on vaccines and immunization. Following the course, the IWMF will also provide cohort members with competitive grants, paired with mentoring from senior reporters, in order to support clear, comprehensive and factual reporting on vaccines and immunization. This Initiative will enable journalists to provide communities with essential information through accurate and timely reporting.

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Global Shorts Doc Forum 2021

Deadline: 22 July

One World Media has opened invitations for short documentary filmmakers from around the world to apply to attend a four-week long forum in October. The forum includes an online training programme and one-to-one pitch meetings, as well as masterclasses, workshops and mentoring that will ‘help take your short doc from conception to commission.’

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Global Health Reporting Initiative

‘The IWMF will select a total of 30 journalists to participate in our Global Health Reporting Initiative this year. From September to December 2021, our cohort will participate in a virtual course that will increase access to global and regional experts, trusted sources and evidence-based information on vaccines and immunization. Following the course, the IWMF will also provide cohort members with competitive grants, paired with mentoring from senior reporters, in order to support clear, comprehensive and factual reporting on vaccines and immunization. This Initiative will enable journalists to provide communities with essential information through accurate and timely reporting.’

[Text sourced from IWMF]

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Climate Change Media Partnership 2021 Reporting Fellowships to COP26

‘The Climate Change Media Partnership (CCMP), led this year by Internews’ Earth Journalism Network (EJN) in partnership with the Stanley Center for Peace and Security, is pleased to announce the 2021 CCMP Reporting Fellowship Program for journalists interested in covering the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26). Hosted by the United Kingdom, in partnership with Italy, COP26 was postponed in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but is currently scheduled to take place in the city of Glasgow from October 31 to November 12, 2021.’

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Fellowships to Attend the 12th Global Investigative Journalism Conference (Online)

‘The 2021 Global Investigative Journalism Conference is this November 1-5, and for the first time, we’re doing it all online. The conference is the seminal international event in investigative journalism, featuring practical panels and workshops on the latest investigative techniques, data analysis, online research, cross-border collaboration, and more by the best journalists in the field. Since 2001, we’ve trained over 8,000 reporters, sparked headline-making collaborations, and spread investigative reporting worldwide.’

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European Commission: Call for Journalism Partnerships 

Deadline: 26 August

Under its Creative Europe Programme, the European Commission is offering funding for collaborative journalism projects in Europe, which it hopes will encourage media professionals to exchange best practices, test out new business models and promote media plurality.

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European Commission: Call for Proposals – Media Councils in the Digital Age

Deadline: 27 August

The European Commission is launching a Call for proposals for the Preparatory Action “Media Councils in the digital age”. Building on the results of the two editions of the Pilot Project “Media Councils in the digital age”, the objective of this Preparatory Action is to further support the activities of the media self-regulation bodies and to promote the importance of the journalistic standards in the modern media environment.’

[Text sourced from the European Commission]

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Scholarships and Bursaries for the Channel 4 Investigative Journalism MA

Deadline: 27 August 

Channel 4 and De Montfort University in the UK have once again joined forces to offer financial support to talented individuals who are interested in applying to the 2021/22 MA in Investigative Journalism but may have financial obstacles. Four Fee Waiver Scholarships (2 of which are offered by DMU, 2 by Channel 4) and three Living Expenses Bursaries (provided by Channel 4) are available.

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The CEI SEEMO Award for Outstanding Merits in Investigative Journalism

Deadline: 31 August 

The Southeast Asia Media Organisation (SEEMO) has opened its call for applications for its Awards that celebrate ‘high-quality investigative journalism and acknowledge the efforts of media professionals to explore major topics, often working under difficult conditions.’ The focus for this year’s Awards lies particularly with journalistic work that investigated the socio-economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on people’s lives.

The Award has two categories: ‘Professional Journalists’ and ‘Young Professional Journalists’ in online, TV, print and radio outlets from 17 CEI member states

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The Fund for Investigative Journalism (Grants)

Next deadline: 13 September 

‘The Fund for Investigative Journalism provides grants and other support for reporters to produce high-quality, unbiased, nonpartisan investigative stories that have an impact.

Freelance journalists, staff reporters and media outlets are eligible for grants, and their investigations can be for print, online or broadcast stories, books, documentaries or podcasts.’

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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. 

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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.

[Text sourced from IJNet]

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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 12 July 2021.

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