Looking to expand your journalism toolkit, take on a new beat or receive recognition for your work? Check out these promising courses, fellowships and competitions with deadlines in April.
Society of Environmental Journalists awards Deadline: April 1
The Society of Environmental Journalists (SEJ) is accepting entries for its annual awards, which recognize outstanding environmental reporting. Categories include outstanding feature story, outstanding in-depth reporting, outstanding photography and best environmental book. Winners will receive US$500 each at SEJ’s Annual Conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. For more information, click here.
National Endowment for Democracy grants Deadline: April 7
The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) is offering grants to independent media, civic groups and other associations for projects that advance democracy around the globe. Project proposals should aim to promote and defend human rights and the rule of law, support freedom of information and independent media or promote accountability and transparency. The average grant lasts 12 months and is around US$50,000. For more information, click here.
Data Journalism Awards Deadline: April 7
Each year, the the Global Editors Network (GEN) honors the world’s best data journalism at its Data Journalism Awards ceremony in Vienna. Categories include data visualization, investigation, news data app and more. Ten winners will each receive a US$1,801 prize. For more information, click here.
Journalism 360° Challenge Deadline: April 10
Can 360° technology be used to engage audiences and advance journalism? The Knight Foundation is seeking to answer this question with the Journalism 360° Challenge. The Foundation is especially seeking projects that will yield lessons and “how-tos” for the journalism field and encourage journalists to think differently. The winner gets US$35,000 in funding to test, refine and build out a project. For more information, click here.
The Leica Oskar Barnack Award Deadline: April 10
Photographers worldwide can enter to win up to EUR25,000 (US$26,618) and other prizes in this year’s Leica Oskar Barnack Award. Entries should depict the relationship between humans and the environment in a sequence of 10 to 12 images. For more information, click here.
Open City Documentary Festival Deadline: April 13
The Open City Documentary Festival is seeking documentaries of all lengths and subject matter to screen at its festival in London this September. Prizes include the grand jury prize, the best international emerging award and the best UK film award. For more information, click here.
International Photography Awards Deadline: April 30
Each year, the International Photography Awards (IPA) allows photographers of all skill levels to win recognition for their work. Twelve categories are open this year, ranging from advertising and editorial to nature and people. A US$10,000 grand prize will be awarded, and several other cash prizes are available. For more information, click here.
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