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Eight journalists will be selected for the fellowships, which include training and international reporting trips. Journalists in Bangladesh, Brazil, India, Kenya, Nigeria and Tanzania can apply
BY BrainGain Magazine Staff Writer |   15-06-2017
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The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), in partnership with the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) and Fundação Maria Cecilia Souto Vidigal, is inviting applications for eight fellowships for journalists who report on early childhood development. The goal of the fellowships is to improve news coverage of child health, and form a global network of reporters covering this issue.

Those who are awarded the fellowship will go on two international reporting trips, receive continuing mentoring, and participate in several webinars.

Who can apply?

To be eligible, you must be a journalist who covers child health and development issues for a news outlet based in Bangladesh, Brazil, India, Kenya, Nigeria and Tanzania. Ideally, candidates will have prior experience in covering early childhood development, but journalists who cover health and nutrition and are interested in increasing their coverage of children's issues can also apply.

Additionally, you should be employed by a news organization, or have a commitment to publish/broadcast from a news outlet. You must be proficient in English. Stories submitted may be written in your native language, but reporting project proposals must be in English.

About the fellowship

The fellowship runs from October 2017 to October 2018. This is for the second of three groups of fellows who will be recruited over the next two years. Fellows will receive training and financial support to produce stories relevant to their home countries. Each fellow will be assigned a mentor.

Two international reporting trips are part of the fellowship. ICFJ will arrange for fellows to visit a country with a proven and innovative approach to supporting childhood development. Fellows will interact with experts on childhood development and produce stories. ICFJ will cover all travel expenses, including visas, flights, hotels and local transportation.

How to apply

To apply, click here. Entries must be submitted before midnight on Sunday, August 6, 2017. If you apply, you will need to submit a resume, examples of relevant stories, a reporting project proposal outlining the story ideas you will pursue, and a reporting and publishing/broadcasting plan. Winners will be selected by an international panel of judges that includes media professionals and representatives from ICFJ and CIFF.
For more information about the fellowship, click here.

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