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Uncovering Security: Emerging Threats, Fellowship Program for Journalists from Thomson Reuters Foundation

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    Uncovering Security: Emerging Threats

    Updated: Thu, 14 Apr 2016


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    Deadline for applications: 30 June 2016

    The news media plays a vital role in documenting conflict, instability and other security threats around the world. But media can also play a role in helping to prevent instability, by providing high quality reporting that highlights potential crises before they spiral out of control.

    The Thomson Reuters Foundation, in partnership with the Stanley Foundation and Gerda Henkel Stiftung, is launching a new programme which will support journalists to uncover emerging threats in specific communities, countries or regions worldwide, and bring these stories to a wide audience.

    The programme features:

    • A three-day residential story lab (19 October – 22 October 2016) taking place near London that will bring together journalists, security researchers, and experts to share insight on emerging security situations and explore or refine story ideas (costs of participation are covered by the programme)
    • The opportunity to apply for small grants to cover the cost of reporting stories
    • Access to experienced journalists who have covered security stories all over the world, who can provide advice and editorial guidance
    • Support with pitching stories to international publication platforms if needed

    Uncovering Security: Emerging Threats provides a unique opportunity for collaboration. Participating journalists may choose to work in pairs or small teams and work on the same story together. They may also form partnerships with researchers who take part in the seminar – many of whom have experience gathering information ‘on the ground’ – to discover new leads, incorporate another story angle, or to deepen the content they produce.

    HOW IT WORKSBack to top

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    Journalists must submit an online application before the June 30, 2016 deadline.

    The application requires journalists to submit a brief story idea. All story ideas must relate to an emerging security situation in a specific community, country or region in the world.

    If accepted, journalists will not necessarily be expected to pursue this story idea. During the seminar, journalists may learn of a different story, or modify their original story.

    Applicants must also supply a letter from their editor consenting to their participation and to publishing/broadcasting any stories produced.

    The opportunity to apply for funding will be shortly after the seminar.

    ELIGIBILITYBack to top

    We are looking for:

    • Journalists working for media outlets in the developing world, or the USA, Canada or Germany
    • At least three years’ experience in journalism
    • Experience covering security situations would be an advantage
    • Journalists working in any medium, or multiple media
    • Must be fluent in English

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