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April 2020

ICFJ and IJNet offer webinar series for journalists covering COVID-19 [Worldwide]

April 13 - December 13

Journalists covering the novel coronavirus pandemic are invited to these webinars. As part of its Global Health Crisis Reporting Forum, the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) and IJNet are hosting a series of video chats with experts on the COVID-19 pandemic in English and Spanish. The webinar series, which launched March 24, focuses on a range of information to help journalists report on the novel coronavirus from their countries. Registration is free. Deadline: Rolling

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First Draft offers online course on coronavirus infodemic [Worldwide]

April 13, 2020 - April 13, 2021

Newsroom and communications professionals tackling the challenge posed by the coronavirus infodemic can access this online course. First Draft has launched “Covering coronavirus: An online course for journalists” to help slow the spread of misinformation and produce credible and reliable coverage. The two-hour course covers how to understand information disorder: how and why false information spreads; how to monitor for coronavirus-related information on the social web; the main tools and techniques for verifying content online; best practices to slow down…

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COVID-19 emergency fund calls for proposals [Worldwide]

April 15, 2020 - April 15, 2021

Journalists who want to cover COVID-19 within their own communities can apply for this fund. National Geographic has launched the COVID-19 Emergency Fund for Journalists. The fund will range from US$1,000 to US8,000 for local coverage of the preparation, response and impact of the global coronavirus pandemic. Proposals must emphasize delivering news to underserved populations, particularly where there is a dearth of evidence-based information getting to those who need it. Local and even hyper-local distribution models are encouraged. Applications will be reviewed on…

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Mongabay seeks story pitches on apes [Africa, Asia]

April 16, 2020 - April 16, 2021

Experienced journalists can apply for a paid reporting initiative. Mongabay is accepting story proposals for a special reporting project on apes to raise public attention about the issues facing great apes and gibbons. Possible topics include analyses of threats to apes, conservation solutions, new research and discoveries, particularly findings that could have implications for conservation strategies, and more. Mongabay will negotiate fees and contracts for video and print submissions on a per-story basis. Stories must be published first in English.…

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May 2020

ICFJ and the Tow Center launch survey to study COVID-19’s effects on the media industry [Worldwide]

May 17 @ 8:00 am - August 17 @ 5:00 pm

he International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) and Columbia University’s Tow Center for Digital Journalism have launched a global survey to map the impacts of COVID-19 on journalism worldwide, and to help reimagine its future. As journalism faces a potential “extinction event,” this survey is urgently needed. News organizations, journalists and other media workers around the world are invited to complete it. The survey is currently available in English, but translations into Spanish, Arabic and Chinese are underway. Respondents can enter a drawing…

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Artists Against an #Infodemic seeks submissions [Worldwide]

May 21 @ 8:00 am - September 21 @ 5:00 pm

Visual journalists can submit works on key public health messages in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. CatchLight, Dysturb and The Everyday Projects are accepting visual art and storytelling productions as part of the initiative Artists Against an #Infodemic. The collaboration aims to improve public communication and news delivery surrounding COVID-19, particularly in underserved communities. Submissions will be accepted in English, Spanish and French. The creators of the selected visuals will receive US$500, and their work will be featured in the initiative's global campaign. Applications will be…

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Solutions Journalism Network hosts webinar [Worldwide]

May 25 @ 8:00 am - December 25 @ 5:00 pm

Journalists and others interested in solutions journalism can attend this webinar. The Solutions Journalism Nework will webcast "Solutions journalism 101" at 10 a.m. EDT on June 3. The webinar will explore the ins and outs of solutions journalism, talk about why it’s important, explain key steps in reporting a solutions story and share tips and resources for journalists interested in investigating how people are responding to social problems. Participants will also learn about the Solutions Story Tracker, a database of more than 8,000 stories tagged by…

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June 2020

The Oxygen Project accepting pitches [Worldwide]

June 1 @ 8:00 am - December 1 @ 5:00 pm

Environmental journalists can apply for this paid opportunity. The Oxygen Project is seeking proposals for stories covering deep seabed mining, an emerging ocean issue. Possible proposals include conventional news stories, in-depth features, investigative reports, profiles, case studies or opinion pieces. Stories should be between 800 and 2,000 words in length and include quotes from at least two or three original interviews. Applications will be accepted in English or Spanish. Pitches will be considered on a rolling basis until Dec. 1 or whenever the…

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Courses cover verification and content for journalists during pandemic [Worldwide]

June 22 @ 8:00 am - August 31 @ 5:00 pm

Journalists reporting on the COVID-19 pandemic can access this online course. The Thomson Foundation has launched two more courses in addition to the course "Reporting on COVID-19: Safety." The courses are available in Spanish, Arabic, French, Ukrainian and Russian. "Reporting on COVID-19: Verification," created with the support of First Draft, presents techniques and tools to help identify false information and publish verified accounts. "Covering COVID-19 - Content Creation" aims to help journalists navigate the ethical and practical challenges needed to cover the pandemic, including terminology. The course…

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Alfred Friendly Press seeks fellows [Worldwide]

June 22 @ 8:00 am - August 31 @ 5:00 pm

rint, broadcast and online journalists from developing countries can apply for an annual program that brings journalists to American newsrooms. The Alfred Friendly Press Fellowships are aimed at providing fellows with experience in reporting, writing and editing that will enhance future professional performance; transferring knowledge gained during the program to colleagues at home; and fostering ties between journalists in the United States and other countries. The program starts in mid-March and ends in early September. The fellowship begins with a two-week orientation at the Missouri School of Journalism, followed by placement in…

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