According to the latest estimates from the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 320,000 people died in 2016 as a result of drowning, making it one of the deadliest public health threats in the world. In many countries drowning is the leading cause of death after one year of age, and is also frequently the leading cause of death for children between 5-14 years old. More than 90% of drowning deaths occur in low-and middle-income countries.
With the continued support of WHO, ICFJ will recruit 10 journalists from across the world to attend the 2019 World Conference on Drowning Prevention in Durban, South Africa and to produce impactful and data-driven stories to help illuminate this deadly but preventable issue. The conference will bring together the globe’s foremost experts and research on drowning prevention, rescue, lifesaving, and water safety.
ICFJ will recruit 10 journalists for the Drowning Prevention 2019 Reporting Fellowship taking place in Durban, South Africa. The selected fellows will have the opportunity to deepen their understanding of drowning prevention and hone the journalism skills needed to cover this often underreported and misunderstood topic by participating in a two-day workshop ahead of the 2019 World Conference on Drowning Prevention.
After the workshop, fellows will have the opportunity to attend conference sessions and to meet and interview leading global experts on drowning prevention to help inform their reporting.
ICFJ invites journalists from around the world to apply for the Drowning Prevention 2019 Reporting Fellowship. The fellowship will include a workshop prior to the conference on Oct. 6-7, 2019 and attendance at the conference sessions on Oct. 8-10, 2019.
The Drowning Prevention 2019 Reporting Fellowship will cover all fellowship-related costs, including travel to the conference, accommodations, emergency insurance, meals, and registration.
Journalists who apply for the fellowship must be fluent in English. Priority will be given to journalists from low- or middle-income countries. Applicants will be asked to provide the following:
- An essay (no more than 500 words) detailing your motivation and goals for seeking the fellowship, including specific changes or achievements you hope to make to your work as a result of the workshop;
- At least two story ideas (300 – 500 words) for in-depth drowning prevention reporting projects that incorporate data. Applicants may focus on their own countries, and include ways to use digital tools and visualizations to engage audiences in a dialogue about drowning prevention;
- A commitment to producing at least three stories about drowning prevention total during and after the conference;
- A brief letter of support from an editor or newsroom manager endorsing the journalist’s participation in the program to demonstrate an understanding of the fellowship’s value and support for publishing, posting and/or broadcasting the journalist’s coverage of the conference and story project;
- A brief biography is written in the third person (up to 300 words);
- A resume or curriculum vitae;
- At least two examples of recently published stories, ideally ones related to public health, safety, and development;
- Proof of a valid passport.
Selection will be based on the journalists’ professional qualifications, relevant experiences such as demonstrated interest in the topic of drowning prevention and those interested in developing their data reporting skills in service of public health journalism, English-language proficiency, and endorsement by a newsroom manager.
To download the application form, click here.
The last date to apply is Aug 19, 2019.
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