Happy November! Here are some top journalism & writing opportunities from IJNet

A new month is upon us, and here’s a good load of opportunities from IJNet to start off November:

Street photography contest open UNTIL TOMORROW (Nov 2)

Street Reverb Magazine and Sony Ericsson’s Xperia Studio present ‘Reality Remade,’ a contest recognizing street photography that captures art in everyday life.

“Five finalists will be chosen from applicants who submit a project proposal, short biography and a portfolio supporting the proposal…

“‘One overall winner will receive UK£2,200 (about US$3,509) and one community-voted winner will receive UK£500 (about US$798).”

Deadline: November 2, 2011.

Click HERE to view more information on the IJNet website

Year-long knight journalism fellowship open at Stanford University

“The John S. Knight Journalism Fellowship enables international and U.S. journalists to conduct research at Stanford University.

“Twenty fellows will be chosen to receive a US$60,000 stipend, plus all tuition, housing, moving, health insurance, books and childcare expenses will be covered.

“Ideal candidates will have at least five years experience and an interest in journalism entrepreneurship, innovation and leadership.”

Deadline: December 1, 2011

Click HERE to view more information on the IJNet website

Reagan-Fascell democracy fellowship open for journalists and civil society professionals

“Journalists and other civil society professionals from developing and aspiring democracies are invited to apply for a full-time residential fellowship.

“Also open to democratic practitioners and scholars, it is organized by the National Endowment for Democracy at the International Forum for Democratic Studies in Washington. The Forum hosts 16 to 20 Reagan-Fascell Fellows every year.”

Deadline: November 8, 2011

Click HERE to view more information on the IJNet website

Opportunities in specialized journalism

Reuters opens fellowship for business news workshop

“The Thomson Reuters Foundation is organizing a course about writing financial and business news. The course begins with five days in London and continues with ten units of online study.

“Applicants chosen from developing countries or countries in political transition working for organizations with no training resources will have travel expenses, accommodation and living costs covered. Reuters will waive tuition fees for applicants from developing countries with only limited training resources available.

“Journalists must have at least two years professional experience and have a good level of spoken and written English. Journalists from other countries are welcome to apply but chosen participants must cover all tuition fees and costs.”

Deadline: November 25, 2011

Click HERE to view more information on the IJNet website

Investigative reporting award seeks entries from young journalists

“Emerging journalists can apply for an investigative reporting award of up to US$10,000.

“The Investigative Fund announces the I.F. Stone Award, a new effort to support graduate journalism students, recent graduates, journalism interns and entry-level reporters at least 21 years old.

“Reporters based outside of the United States can apply, but the grants go to stories that will appear in U.S. media outlets. However, organizers are also open to co-publishing arrangements in which a story appears both in a U.S. and a foreign outlet.

“Recipients will receive between US$2,000-10,000 in funding to undertake an in-depth reporting project, editorial guidance, access to subscription-based research services and publishing assistance in print, broadcast or online outlets.”

Deadline: November 25, 2011

Click HERE to view more information on the IJNet website

UNICEF opens two-year New and Emerging Talent Initiative (NETI) recruitment program for mid-career professionals

“NETI participants will spend one year at UNICEF’s New York headquarters working in a functional areas of need. Participants will then be deployed internationally on assignments related to their projects.

“Applicants must have an advanced university degree, proficiency in English and another official UN language, at least 2-5 years relevant work experience and must be willing to accept an assignment to any UNICEF office worldwide.”

Deadline: November 4, 2011.

Click HERE to view more information on the IJNet website


New this week: Fellowships, grants, scholarships, and competitions for journalists and media practitioners

I thank my weekly IJNet email subscription for this list, but to make it easier for journalists and media practitioners from my side of the globe (and with similar interests as me) to filter through the clutter, I’ve narrowed the opportunities to these:


National Geographic’s 2011 photography contest

“In addition to the ($10,000) cash prize, the grand prize winner will receive a paid trip to National Geographic’s photography seminar including airfare, hotel accommodation and a behind-the-scenes tour of the magazine’s headquarters.” Sounds cool? Click on the link above and find out how to enter. Deadline is November 30, 2011.

Multimedia journalism contest asks, “Which are the next walls to fall?” 

According to the post in the IJNet website, “‘Today there are still many ‘walls’ that should be knocked over to achieve a better life for individuals and communities as well. They can be actual and real walls, or even invisible, walls but nevertheless they are cumbersome,’ organizers note.

“Those walls can be identified and described through a number of online storytelling formats: video, audio, photos, drawings, comics or essays. Anyone with a videocamera, a cell phone or a computer is welcome to tell his/her own story. Video entries should be under three minutes; all entries should submitted in English or Italian.

“The contest is part of the Falling Walls Conference, an annual global gathering of forward-thinking individuals and world’s leading scientists presenting their current research projects.”  Deadline is October 28, 2011. Click on the link for more information.

Fellowships, Grants, Scholarships, and Free Classes

John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships now open for 2012-2013

“The John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships (at Stanford University) is an ambitious program embracing innovation, entrepreneurship and leadership. Accomplished journalists from the U.S. and overseas spend a year at Stanford, absorbing knowledge, honing skills and developing ideas for the betterment of journalism. They set their own course, leveraging the resources of a great university, Silicon Valley and the widely diverse group of journalists in their fellowship class.

“Fellows receive a stipend of $60,000, plus Stanford tuition and supplements for moving expenses, health insurance, books, housing and childcare. All program activities, and most classes are open to spouses and partners of Fellows.”

Deadline for international applicants is December 1, 2011. Click on the link above for more information.

Deutsche Welle Fellowship accepts applicants for 18-month fellowship in Bonn, Germany 

Deutsche Welle is hosting a fellowship program worth approximately EU€27,500 (about US$37,500) for young journalists to receive professional editorial training for radio, television and online media.

“Applicants must have native fluency in Arabic, Russian, Chinese, Kiswahili, Spanish, Portuguese, Pashto, Dari, Urdu or English, as well as good working knowledge of German with language certification.”

Deadline is October 31, 2011. Click on the link above for more information.

The Fund for Investigative Journalism opens applications

“The average award is US$5,000, which should cover out-of-pocket expenses such as travel costs. The Fund does not cover grantees’ salaries or equipment. The first half of the grant is given once an application is approved and the second half is paid when the project is complete.

Recent grants include investigations on the effects of federal stimulus money in Florida schools, tobacco harvesting in Malawi and India’s ‘Berlin Wall.‘”

Deadline: November 1, 2011.

Fellowships to MA Journalism (Ateneo de Manila University) open

“Asian journalists with a strong commitment to journalism, leadership qualities and an excellent professional and academic record are encouraged to apply for a fellowship for the 2010-2011 M.A. in Journalism at the Philippines’ Konrad Adenauer Asian Center for Journalism at the Ateneo de Manila University (ACFJ).

“A grant covers tuition and other expenses for the two-year M.A. Journalism program, which is offered by the Ateneo de Manila University with ACFJ’s support. Since the program’s inception in 2003, 126 journalists from 15 Asian countries have received grants. Among them are mid-career and senior journalists from Asia’s largest dailies including the Philippine Daily Inquirer, The Star (Malaysia), Kompas (Indonesia) and news agencies such as Malaysia’s Bernama and the Indonesia’s Antara.”

Deadline: January 14, 2012.

Berkeley J-School offers free multimedia reporting class 

“The Digital Storytelling Workshop, sponsored by the Knight Digital Media Center and UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism, offers intensive training that covers all aspects of multimedia news production; from basic storyboarding to hands-on instruction with hardware and software for production of multimedia stories. Fellows will work on structured training to learn skills for multi-element stories and then apply new skills to a story for his or her publication.

“The workshop is open to professional print, broadcast and web journalists who want to develop multimedia skills to support their publication’s web publishing effort. The deadline for applications is November 7; The course will be held December 11-16.

Everything you need to know about “Introduction to Writing about Arts & Culture” by Writer’s Block Philippines and Yuchengco Museum

Guide to Frequently Asked Questions

What are the details of the workshop?

What: Introduction to Writing About Arts and Culture
When: October 8, 2011 (Saturday)
Where: Yuchengco Museum, RCBC Tower Ayala Avenue, Makati
Time: 9AM to 6PM
Info: info@yuchengcomuseum.org or (+63 2) 889-1234 (Please look for Carla Martinez)

What does the P3,500 course fee cover?

The P3,500 per head course fee covers

  • Course fee
  • Light snacks + drink

*NOTE: Bona fide members of Writer’s Block Philippines (those with annual membership) get 10% off on the workshop fee. Students also get a special 15% discount; to avail yourself of the discount, present or email or valid student ID to info@yuchengcomuseum.org before making payment. The 15% student discount does not apply to credit card payments and may NOT be combined with the 10% WBP member discount.

How can I pay for the workshop?

Workshop fees can be paid in cash, bank deposit, or check to the Yuchengco Museum. For payment details, please contact info@yuchengcomuseum.org or call (+63 2) 889-1234 and look for Carla Martinez.

You can pay for the workshop via credit card or PayPal, which you can access on www.writersblockphilippines.com.

Who should attend this workshop?

Anyone who wants to write effectively and creatively about Philippine arts and culture. This is ideal for students (at least university level), writers and journalists who cover the travel & leisure or arts & culture beats, or gallery publicists who want to attract a wider public through their writing. Bloggers who write about arts & culture and related themes will also benefit from this workshop.

Who are the speakers?

The workshop’s main speakers will be Yuchengco Museum curator Jeannie E. Javelosa and architect and graphologist Manny Miñana. Writing sessions will be handled by Writer’s Block Philippines’ trio of editor-founders Ana Santos, Nikka Sarthou, and Niña Terol-Zialcita.

Jeannie E. Javelosa

Jeannie is an Advocate for Culture and Sustainability. She is an award-winning Painter-Printmaker with more than 20 solo exhibits to her name; an Art Critic-Reviewer in the first part of her career; a Writer and Author with several awards for coffee table books on culture and the arts. She has run cultural institutions such as the Cultural Center of the Philippines Contemporary Visual Arts Museum, the Australia Center, and through the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and as Consultant under the Office of the President, has handled national government projects on culture and the arts positioning Philippine culture in the International and ASEAN level. She is presently the Curator for the Yuchengco Museum.

Jeannie is also a Strategic Branding and Marketing-Communications Specialist with her company EON Stakeholder Relations Firm whose main advocacy is Branding the Philippines. She is a Social-Entrepreneur for the green sustainable lifestyle through her establishments ECHOstore Sustainable Lifestyle and Le Bistro Vert Sustainable Foods, and leads the ECHO Sustainable Initiatives or the ECHOSI Foundation.

Jeannie is a yoga practitioner for the past 16 years, and a yoga teacher for the past decade with a certification for teaching Ashtanga Yoga. She also writes about topics of her interest (culture, consciousness and wellness) in her regular Sunday column entitled A Spirited Soul at the Allure Section of the Philippine Star, as well as contributing articles to other glossy magazines.

Manny Miñana

Emmanuel Miñana is an architect by profession who has had a life-long interest in painting, drafting, photography, and graphology.

He received his degree in Architecture from the University of the Philippines’ School of Architecture in Diliman. He has taken further executive education on Sustainable Green Architecture, Hotel Design, Tourism and Resort design from the Graduate School of Design in Harvard.

Manny started his interest and study of graphology when he was twelve. For the past thirty years, he has analyzed thousands of signatures here and abroad. He hopes to share a clearer, finer insight on the nature of people through his personal studies and graphological theories that have arisen from this quiet pursuit.

Manny is married to commercial and fine arts photographer Denise Weldon and has two children, Alejandro, 13 and Carolina, 9.

Manny is a student of Siddha Yoga meditation. Last year, he ran the Paris and New York marathons.

This is Architect Miñana’s first public lecture on graphology.

Writer’s Block Philippines

The editor-founders of Writer’s Block Philippines have combined writing and editorial experience of over 20 years, spanning a wide variety of lifestyle, socio-political, and corporate themes. Ana Santos is the Associate Editor of Illustrado, an upscale lifestyle magazine for expat Filipinos based in Dubai, which also has an annual arts issue. Nikka Sarthou is a Contributing Editor of Cebu Pacific’s Smile, and is a prolific lifestyle, travel, and food writer. Niña Terol-Zialcita is the Editor-in-Chief of asianTraveler, and has been covering arts and culture themes for a number of years now.
Writer’s Block Philippines has been conducting regular writing workshops since 2010 and have covered freelance writing, feature writing, food writing, travel writing, and corporate writing. Their collaboration with the Yuchengco Museum is a first-of-its-kind endeavor, one that is sorely needed to help boost public engagement in Philippine arts and culture.

What will the course cover?

An Overview of Philippine Arts, Culture, and Heritage in Contemporary Life
This session aims to contextualize the tech-savvy journalist within the equally wild, wired world of Philippine arts, culture, and heritage. It seeks to answer the questions: What is the current state of Philippine arts, culture, and heritage? How do these fields interact with travel writing? With food writing? With lifestyle writing? How are these relevant today—and why should we care?

Telling the Story of Arts and Culture
Presents a summary of the different types of stories that may be generated within the arts and culture beat, as well as examples of compelling reporting and its results:

  • The Artist’s Sketch (personality profile)
  • Traveling through Culture and Heritage
  • Designing Pieces on Philippine Architecture
  • The Art Review
  • Opportunities in Arts, Culture, and Heritage Reporting

What You Need to Know
Presents an interactive “toolbox” of the different resources that arts and culture writers need to know in the Philippine context. Who are the sources for these stories and where can they be found? Where else can we go for research? How do we avoid tackling the same angles and using the same sources?

Asking the Right Questions
For the novice arts and culture writer, it is easy to make the mistake of presuming too much or asking too little. This session aims to share the best questions to ask to get the right kind of information, the right quotable quotes, and the right material to make a piece meaty, engaging, but not over-the-top

*Plus other hands-on writing exercises

Writing about Arts and Culture workshop by Writer's Block Philippines and Yuchengco Museum

Don’t you think it’s time more writers wrote about arts, culture, and heritage?

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Writer's Block Philippines and Yuchengco Museum - Introduction to Writing about Arts & Culture

An Introduction to Writing About Arts & Culture
A writing workshop by Yuchengco Museum and Writer’s Block Philippines

Weekend Workshop: October 8 (Sat), 9 am-6pm
Weeknight Series: November 7, 10, and 14 (Mon-Thu-Mon), 6-9pm

P3,500 workshop fee

With the growing art scene in Manila and the increasing number of Filipino artists receiving international attention, it is only appropriate to shine the spotlight on Philippine arts, culture, and heritage. Learn how to share and write about these topics to a wider audience. Get an overview of the different fields and opportunities in writing about arts and culture–be it visual arts, architecture, theater, music, or design.

The Yuchengco Museum and Writer’s Block Philippines are offering “Writing About Arts and Culture,” a series of writing workshops that bring together writing skills development, cultural information, and art appreciation. The first workshop in the series will be facilitated by Yuchengco Museum curator Jeannie Javelosa and administrator Dannie Alvarez, alongside Writer’s Block founders Ana Santos, Nikka Sarthou, and Niña Terol-Zialcita. Interested participants can choose either the weekend workshop on October 8, or the weeknight series for three nights of November.

The introductory course will cover:

  • An overview of Philippine arts, culture, and heritage in contemporary life
  • Telling the story of arts and culture
  • Asking the right questions
  • Q&A, case studies, and a writing exercise

Slots are limited to only 30 participants. The workshop fee is P3,500, which includes snacks, workshop materials, and a certificate. For registration and more details, contact Yuchengco Museum at 889-1234 or email info@yuchengcomuseum.org.

Nominations to Migration Advocacy and Media (MAM) Awards now open

This is reposted from the official press release of the the Migration Advocacy and Media (MAM) Awards

Image by Riley Kaminer, under a Creative Commons Attribution license

Image by Riley Kaminer, under a Creative Commons Attribution license

Nominations to the Migration Advocacy and Media (MAM) Awards are now formally open. Conceived in 2011 by the Inter‐Agency Committee (IAC) for the Celebration of the Month of Overseas Filipinos and International Migrants Day in the Philippines (December and December 18, respectively every year) chaired by the Philippine Migrants Rights Watch (PMRW) and co‐chaired by the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO), MAM Awards aim to recognize the significant role of the media in the promotion and advocacy of migration and development.

Eligible for the Awards are works by government and private media outlets, institutions and practitioners in the fields of print, radio, movie and television, advertising and internet based in the Philippines and abroad. Entries must have raised public awareness on issues on Filipino migration, advocated the cause of Filipinos overseas, or/and promoted a positive image of Filipinos overseas, and migration and development.

Entries must be submitted on or before September 30, 2011 to MAM Awards’ Secretariat, Commission on Filipinos Overseas, Citigold Center, 1345 Pres. Quirino Avenue cor. Osmeña Highway (South Superhighway) Manila, Philippines 1007.

For more information on the Awards, please call the MAM Secretariat at (632)561‐8291 (telefax), (632)552‐4766 or email at info@cfo.gov.ph.

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