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: 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 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 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

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

Using feature writing to attract new clients, improve business communications

To all you business communicators out there, here are a few tips from Writer’s Block Philippines:

Using feature writing to attract new clients, improve business communications

This is an excerpt of a post written by Writer’s Block Philippines. Click on the link above to read the full article.

People commonly associate feature writing with lifestyle articles and glossy magazines. For the savvy business communicator, however, feature writing can be a great way to tell a company or brand’s story (and we all love stories!), grab mindshare, change behaviors, and attract new business.

Take the case of a multinational cement company who wanted to soften its image and appear more approachable to its clients. It needed a communication solution to a perception problem about the product being “stiff”, “boring”, and “too technical.”

The solution: develop an in-house lifestyle publication that would show cement not just as a technical product, but as the stuff of which beautiful things are made. The feature articles housed in this magazine tackled architecture, interior design, even a bit of arts and culture, and, of course, profiles of people from all around the company that made it a great building partner.

There is also the case of a financial institution that wanted to promote one of its newly launched services. Using feature writing, it was able to showcase success stories of clients that had availed themselves of this service, as well as explain–in lay terms–mechanics that would otherwise have been crammed into a small flyer. Feature writing humanized the product and made it easier to understand.


To learn more about how feature writing can work for you or your company, join Feature Writing 101 on September 17 (Saturday). Click HERE to view more details.

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