Provocative and Original Stories

The Institute of Development Studies
(IDS) invites entries for their first awards for reporting on international development, soliciting compelling alternative narratives and critiques and encouraging discussion on development issues and processes. Journalists from around the world are requested to submit their best articles, news pieces, critiques, and editorials that focus on poverty alleviation, democracy and governance, rights, health, and other Millennium Development Goals.

There will be 3 awards: one of UKP 500, and two of UKP 250.

Deadline for submission of articles is July 9th 2010.

In order to participate either by submitting a story or commenting on stories submitted by others, please go to The Communication Initiative’s Development Networks Group “Awards: Media Reporting on Development” .


Journalists must register and join The Communication Initiative’s Development Networks Group “Awards: Media Reporting on Development” in order to participate in this awards process.

Submissions will be open for comments/critique by other members of the “Awards: Media Reporting on Development” Group.

Submissions will be judged and selected for prizes by a group of IDS research fellows, board members, and communication staff.


1. TYPE: The article submitted must have been published in some print or online media form (newspaper, journal, magazine, etc.) in the period from Jan 1 2009 through May 30 2010.
2. CONTENT: The article must have a focus on a recognisable development issue (e.g., poverty, health, rights) or a recognisable development process (e.g., participation, advocacy, policy development, system strengthening).
3. PERSPECTIVE: There should be a prominent focus within the piece on the voices of those most affected and/or those engaged in the development process or issue that is the focus of the piece. The piece will also be judged based on originality of perspective.
4. RELEVANCE: The piece must show the ability to locate the specific development issue or process being reported within overall national or global development dynamics.
5. REPORTAGE: There must be a high standard of journalism demonstrated within the piece.
6. QUALITY: The writing must be of a high standard.


Beginning June 9th 2010, journalists will be Invited to join the Communication Initiative’s Development Networks Group “Awards: Reporting on International Development” and to submit the stories that they wish to have assessed.

Between June 9th and July 9th 2010, journalists can Submit their work as Posts to the Group, with brief outlines in the posts themselves and their stories attached as PDFs or links to online versions of the full stories.

During this time, other members of the Group will be able to Comment on these stories – in order to both inform the judges’ deliberations and encourage a process of mutual support and guidance.

The Decisions on the award winners will be made by the IDS-convened judges group between July 10th and July 16th 2010.

The winners will be announced on or just after July 19th 2010.

The Top 10 outstanding stories will be featured within The Communication Initiative process after the awards are announced.

For more information, contact:
Deborah Heimann
The Communication Initiative


Key Findings From the 2009 Middleberg / SNCR Survey of Media in the Wired World

Jennifer McClure
Don Middleberg

Society for New Communications Research
Publication Date
February 1, 2010


The Second Annual Middleberg/SNCR Survey of Media in the Wired World examines: 1) how journalists are adopting these new social media and citizen journalism tools and technologies, and 2) their attitudes about how social media and citizen journalism are affecting their profession. The study found growth in the use of these tools across all their data sets, in contrast to the 2008 study in which uptake was higher among younger versus older journalists.

* “Nearly 70 percent of journalists are using social networking sites, a 28% increase since the 2008 study
* 48 percent are using Twitter or other microblogging sites and tools, a 25% increase since 2008
* 66 percent are using blogs
* 48 percent are using online video
* 25 percent are using podcasts
* More than 90 percent of journalists agree that new media and communications tools and technologies are enhancing journalism to some extent”

“…91 percent of respondents agreed that new media and communications tools and technologies are enhancing journalism. Journalists that participated in the study reported that they are increasingly using social media to disseminate news, find story ideas and sources, monitor sentiments and discussions, research individuals and organizations, keep up on issues and topics of interest and participate in conversations. Additionally, journalists’ perception of the credibility of most social media channels is increasing. Nearly 80 percent of respondents agreed that new media and communications technologies allow them to report with greater accuracy, and 80 percent of journalists believe that bloggers have become important opinion shapers in the 21st century and many are increasingly incorporating citizen-generated media into their reporting.”

Click here to read this document in PDF format.

Alter-Ciné Foundation Documentary Film Grants
Africa, Eastern Europe/Central Asia, Latin America, South Asia, South East and East Asia
Deadline Date
August 15, 2010

The Alter-Ciné Foundation offers a yearly grant to young film and video makers born and living in Africa, Asia, and Latin America to direct a documentary film on the theme of rights and freedoms, including social and economic rights, women’s rights, the right to culture, and artistic creation. The Foundation will award a grant of CDN$10,000 to a video or filmmaker to assist in the production of a documentary project. The grant is aimed at young video and filmmakers who want to direct a film in the language of their choice that respects the aims of the Foundation.

The Foundation particularly supports documentary films that, as stated on their website, “dare to go against the tide, that take the side of the defenceless and question common assumptions by giving a voice to the voiceless, enriching our understanding of the world and helping us reflect on the possibility of changing the world from a perspective of peace, justice, equality and respect for differences.”

The Alter-Cine Foundation was created in the memory of Canadian filmmaker, Yvan Patry who passed away on October 14 1999. Patry was a co-founder of the production company Alter Ciné and directed numerous documentaries and current affairs programmes in Africa, Latin America, and Asia. Patry’s documentaries, according to the Foundation, have contributed to tearing down walls of silence, denouncing injustice and barbarism, and giving voice to victims of horror.

To apply, the video/filmmaker must complete the PDF format application available here.

Alter-Ciné Foundation
5371 avenue de l’Esplanade
Montréal Québec
H2T 2Z8
Tel: 1 514 273 7136

Open Society Institute Seeks Entries for Moving Walls 18 Documentary Photography Exhibition

The Open Society Institute invites photographers to submit a body of work for consideration by its Moving Walls 18 group exhibition.

Moving Walls features in-depth explorations of human rights and social issues. Thematically linked to OSI’s mission, Moving Walls is exhibited at OSI’s offices in New York and Washington, D.C. The show will feature the work of seven photographers.

Any emerging or veteran photographer who has completed a body of work related to a human rights or social justice issue may apply. The program will accept any genre of photography that is documentary in nature and is not staged or manipulated. Priority will be given to work that addresses issues and geographic regions of concern to OSI. Work in progress may be submitted as long as a substantial portion of the work has been completed.

OSI will support Moving Walls photographers’ budgets for printing, dry-mounting, and other production costs. In addition, selected photographers will receive a $2,000 royalty payment. To support the professional advancement of photographers who have not received much exposure, an additional travel grant will be provided to select Moving Walls photographers to attend the opening in New York and meet with local photo editors and relevant NGO staff. Recipients must apply for the travel grant after being chosen for inclusion in the Moving Walls exhibition.

For complete program information and entry guidelines, visit the OSI Moving Walls Web site:


Justice Initiative Fellows Program at Central European University
Announcing a 2-year programme of study and practical work experience intending to support and further develop a network of 10 lawyers and activists working on human rights-related issues internationally.
Deadline: January 25 2010

Nieman Fellowships in Global Health Reporting

Awarding 2 Nieman Fellowships in Global Health Reporting for the academic year, one to a US citizen and one to a non-US citizen. The fellows will spend one academic year at Harvard University in the US, followed by 3-4 months of field work in a developing country.
Deadline: January 31 2010

Fellows Program in Population Policy Communications
Accepting applications from doctoral-level students from developing countries who are in their 3rd, 4th, or 5th year of studies in family planning and/or reproductive health at academic institutions in the US or Canada.
Deadline: February 4 2010

Stop TB Partnership’s Challenge Facility for Civil Society

Inviting applications from grassroots civil society organisations (CSOs) that seek to help shape policy at local levels by giving a voice to people living with tuberculosis (TB) and those involved in its prevention, treatment, and care.
Deadline: February 10 2010

Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism
Providing stipends to journalists to study topics related to mental health or mental illnesses.
Deadline: April 19 2010

Atlas Service Corps Fellowship

Seeking mid-career non-profit (non-governmental [NGO] or citizen sector) leaders in developing countries and the US to apply for a 12- to 18-month overseas fellowship.
Deadline: May 1 2010

All Roads Seed Grant Program
Providing a platform for indigenous and underrepresented minority-culture storytellers around the world to showcase their works in order to promote knowledge, dialogue, and understanding with a broader, global audience.
Deadline: Rolling deadline

Humphrey Fellowship Program: Journalism Fellowships

Offering a 10-month stay at a journalism college in the US to study journalism and undertake professional affiliations at US news organisations. Applicants should have a minimum of 5 years of substantial professional experience, limited or no experience in the US, and demonstrated leadership qualities and commitment to their communities.
Deadline: Varies by country

The IJP Journalists’ Bursaries
Inviting applications for participation in an exchange of German journalists with international colleagues. For every German journalist taking part in a programme abroad, a foreign colleague will have the opportunity to work in a German media organisation. Where requested by media organisations or bursary sponsors, participants can also initiate a direct exchange.
Deadline: Varies by programme

International Service for Human Rights Internships
Seeking interns to observe and learn about both the United Nations (UN) human rights system and the international human rights non-governmental community through full- and part-time internships from 3-6 months at the Geneva, Switzerland, Office of the International Service for Human Rights (ISHR).
Deadline: Varies by internship

Ford Foundation International Fellowships Programme

Providing opportunities for advanced study to individuals from any one of 22 countries who will use this education to become leaders in their respective fields, furthering development in their own countries and greater economic and social justice worldwide. The fellowship provides support for up to 3 years of formal graduate-level study leading to a masters or doctoral degree.
Deadline: Varies by country

African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF) Small Grants Programme (SGP)
Supporting small, community/rural-based grassroots women’s groups in Ghana, Uganda, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Nigeria. The SGP also supports emerging or emergency issues.
Deadline: Rolling deadline

We Media PitchIt! Challenge
Filed Under:

* media
* journalism
* competition

Deadline: January 20, 2010. US$25,000 prize

Are you a storyteller? An influencer? A connector? An idea person?

We Media and Ashoka’s Changemakers are looking for the most innovative ideas inspiring a better world through media. Be part of the 2010 We Media PitchIt! Challenge.

ENTER your solutions from now until January 20, 2010. The top finalists will pitch their ideas at We Media Miami, March 9-11, 2010. The best entry in each category–non-profit and business–will receive a $25,000 prize to help launch their new venture.
What happens when people have the power to tell their story?

We Media and Ashoka’s Changemakers have teamed up once again to find and launch the best new ideas for inspiring a better world through media. In the We Media PitchIt! Challenge, we’re looking for groundbreaking solutions from all fields that incite action, encourage collaboration, and lead society to knowledge.

Thanks to a generous grant from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, we will provide $50,000 in seed funding to help launch the best solutions. One business and one non-profit venture will each receive $25,000 in seed capital.

Entrants will have the freedom to collaborate with potential partners and investors, while the global online community will discuss, debate and improve upon the most creative solutions.

All finalists will participate in the sixth annual We Media Event in Miami, March 9-11, 2010, and present their ideas to a panel of judges as well as potential funders and partners.

The competition will be open to individuals from all countries. We consider the following criteria:

* Media Focus: Ideas should reflect the theme of the competition. We are searching for innovative ideas that use media to create social change.
* Idea Stage: We’re looking for early-stage ventures or brand new ideas that have not yet been launched or built. These may be entirely new ventures, new companies or new projects from existing organizations.
* Business or Non-Profit: There will be two categories: business and non-profit. In the business category, the funding must be used to support the start-up of a new business that will have a sustainable revenue model. In the non-profit category, the funding should be used to support the launch of a non-profit venture or the development of a new project for an existing non-profit organization.
* Completed Form: Entries must be fully completed and submitted before the deadline of January 20, 2010.
* Language: Entries should be submitted in English.

B. Assessment Criteria

There will be several stages to this process:

1) The community’s comments will be included in the evaluation process.

2) The finalists will be selected by a combination of We Media and expert judges. Finalists will be announced on February 3, 2010.

3) Each finalist will attend We Media Miami March 9-11, 2010 and make a formal presentation to attendees and a panel of expert judges. There will be separate expert panels for business and non-profit ideas.

4) We Media PitchIt! Challenge finalists will each receive the following travel assistance for attending We Media Miami 2010:

* Up to $300 toward a coach airline ticket
* 2 nights lodging in Miami
* Registration for the entire We Media Event
* A display location in the gallery

5) Winners each receive $25,000 in seed funding: The judges will select one business and one non-profit entry. Each winner will receive $25,000 in seed funding.

Judges will consider the following criteria:

* Innovation: Is the idea innovative? This is the knock-out test. The idea should represent a disruptive innovation that changes the way media works. The innovation should demonstrate a substantial difference from other initiatives in the field and have the potential for large-scale expansion. We look for innovative business practices, entrepreneurial quality and a plausible sustainable model.
* Story Telling: Does this idea tell a story in a new or innovative way – or enable others to tell their stories? Does it create and apply a unique storytelling experience through journalism, discovery, narrative, exposition, or new methods and metaphors? We are looking for ideas that change the way we experience or understand storytelling. In this context, we define storytelling broadly.
* Social Impact: Does the idea affect social conditions, stimulate citizenship, raise awareness, influence public policy, or marshal support for an idea of broad social significance? Does this idea present a solution for increasing access, knowledge or connection for all? The idea may address a specific underserved community or the society at large, but ultimately it is important that the innovation has a potential for application or replication globally. It is also important that the idea does not have a negative environmental impact.
* Sustainability: Will the innovator be able to launch and sustain this idea? For an innovation to be truly effective, it should have a plan for securing financial backing and community support. We are looking for social entrepreneurs with ideas that are financially sustainable and scalable. We will also consider the experience and capacity of the innovator (or team), who will be expected to launch the idea.
* Design: Does the idea creatively engage multiple levels of intelligence and understanding of complex information with clarity, style, and meaning?
* Pattern Change: Does the idea pioneer original approaches and paradigms?
* Purpose: Does the idea express a purposeful vision through values reflecting ethics, credibility, responsibility and authenticity?
* Community: Does the idea seek to organize a community, virtual or geographic, in a new way?

New RFPs

Arts and Culture

Grammy Foundation Announces New Letter of Inquiry Process for Grant Cycle
Grants of up to $20,000 will be awarded to organizations and individuals working to advance archiving and preservation of the music and recorded sound heritage of the Americas….

Posted: September 16, 2009
Deadline: October 1, 2009 (Letter of Inquiry)

National Museum of the American Indian Seeks Submissions of Films on Native American Veterans
On Veterans Day 2009, the museum will show four-minute films that illustrate the impact and meaning of participation in the military for Native people; films may be documentary, experimental, animation, or other genres….

Posted: September 16, 2009
Deadline: October 18, 2009

New York Foundation for the Arts Announces New Award for Excellence in Painting
Awards of $20,000 will be given to two New York State painters who have already applied to NYFA’s Artists’ Fellowship Program; after 2010, these awards will be presented on a biennial basis….

Posted: September 16, 2009
Deadline: November 3, 2009

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Children and Youth

Prudential Spirit of Community Awards to Honor Outstanding Young Volunteers at Local, State, and National Levels
Ten honorees in grades 5-12 will be given a cash award of $5,000 plus a grant in the same amount to the nonprofit charitable organization of their choice for outstanding work in their communities….

Posted: September 17, 2009
Deadline: November 2, 2009

Youth Leaders for Literacy Grants Available to Young Volunteers Who Encourage Reading
Grants of $500 each plus books worth $500 will be awarded to children and youth between the ages of 5 and 25 working to increase literacy and reading among their peers….

Posted: September 16, 2009
Deadline: October 30, 2009

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Nominations Invited for 2010 MetLife Foundation Community College Excellence Awards
Grants of $40,000 will be awarded to three colleges in recognition of their efforts to help less-advantaged local youth and adults meet educational and career goals; the program offers a new, streamlined online application process….

Posted: September 18, 2009
Deadline: October 2, 2009

Do Something and VH1 Save the Music Announce Awards Program for School Music Projects
Prizes of up to $2,500 plus Rock Band Video game packages will be awarded to school music programs that have successfully conducted student-led music education advocacy….

Posted: September 12, 2009
Deadline: October 16, 2009

Nominations Invited for 2010 MetLife Foundation Community College Excellence Awards
Grants of $40,000 will be awarded to three colleges working to improve their surrounding communities, with an emphasis on helping less-advantaged youth and adults meet educational and career goals….

Posted: September 12, 2009
Deadline: October 2, 2009

Fund for Teachers Offers Grants for Summer Programs to Minneapolis Teachers
Individual grants of $5,000 and team grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded to K-12 teachers in Minneapolis Public Schools or at the Blake School pursuing self-designed professional development experiences….

Posted: September 12, 2009
Deadline: November 2, 2009

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Oregon Governor’s Fund for the Environment Accepting Grant Applications for River and Coastal Projects
Grants of up to $50,000 will be awarded to nonprofits, watershed councils, soil and water conservation districts, tribes, schools and government agencies working to restore the quality of Oregon’s rivers and associated fish, wildlife, and plants….

Posted: September 17, 2009
Deadline: October 9, 2009

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Accepting Applications for Scholars in Health Policy Research
Two-year fellowships worth $178,000 will be awarded to nine individuals working in the area of health policy research….

Posted: September 17, 2009
Deadline: October 21, 2009

National AIDS Fund and Johnson & Johnson Invite Applications for Generations: Strengthening Women and Families Affected by HIV/AIDS
Grants will be awarded to community-based organizations working to create or adapt evidence-based interventions that reduce the spread of HIV among at-risk women and girls….

Posted: September 14, 2009
Deadline: November 2, 2009

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Seeks Proposals for Evaluating Innovations in Nursing Education Program
Grants of up to $300,000 will be awarded to nursing schools and nonprofit healthcare organizations working with evaluators to develop strategies that address the nursing faculty shortage….

Posted: September 13, 2009
Deadline: November 24, 2009

Healthspottr Launches New Fellows Program for Health Innovators
Grants of up to $250,000 will be awarded to individuals working in the for-profit, nonprofit, or government sectors to develop innovations that could help transform health care in the United States….

Posted: September 13, 2009
Deadline: October 1, 2009

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Human Services

Community Foundation for the National Capital Region Invites Applications for Neighbors in Need Fund Systems Reform Grants
Grants of up to $75,000 will be awarded to nonprofits in the greater Washington, D.C., region working to help their communities navigate the adverse effects of the current economic downturn….

Posted: September 17, 2009
Deadline: October 5, 2009

Honda Helpful Awards Program to Honor Individuals for Community Work in Southern California
New Hondas will be given to individuals in Southern California in honor of and to assist their efforts to improve the lives of others….

Posted: September 14, 2009
Deadline: November 1, 2009

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Getty Images Accepting Applications for Editorial Photography Awards From Professional and Student Photojournalists
Grants of up to $20,000 as well as editorial, logistical, and promotional support will be awarded to established and emerging photojournalists; four grants of $5,000 will be awarded to photojournalism students….

Posted: September 18, 2009
Deadline: November 15, 2009

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Medical Research

American Brain Tumor Association Launches Discovery Research Grant Program
Grants of $50,000 will be awarded to researchers conducting high-risk, high-impact projects with the potential to change current diagnosis or treatment of adult and/or pediatric brain tumors….

Posted: September 18, 2009
Deadline: October 15, 2009 (Letters of Intent)

Hope for Vision Seeks Proposals for Annual Awards Program
Grants of up to $150,000 will be awarded to new and established researchers working to develop treatments and cures for retinal degenerative diseases….

Posted: September 15, 2009
Deadline: October 15, 2009

Funding Available for Pancreatic Cancer Research
Grants totaling $2 million will be awarded to pancreatic cancer investigators through four programs, some of which are new, and feature a streamlined application process….

Posted: September 15, 2009
Deadline: Various

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