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Fellowships focused on children’s issues available for journalists

Deadline:

8/18/09

Journalists from Colombia, Mexico, Peru, Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, the Caribbean countries, and the Indian region of Orissa are invited to apply for the 2009 Oscar van Leer Fellowships, a four-week, expenses-paid training in journalism and childhood development as well as children’s rights, in the Netherlands. Deadline: August 18.

The fellowship is intended for ambitious young journalists with an interest in children's issues. Applicants do not need to be experts in children's issues, but should be interested in learning more about the issues faced by disadvantaged young children, and the ways in which media coverage can raise awareness and shape opinions of them.

Applicants must be connected to a reputable media outlet, either as an employee or as a frequently published freelance contributor, and must intend to continue to pursue a career in the media. The fellowship is open to journalists in all forms of media, including print, radio, television and web.

To be considered for the fellowship, journalists need to submit the application form, and a CV, letter of motivation and work sample to ovlf-applications@bvleerf.nl.

For more information, visit http://www.bernardvanleer.org/ovlf.

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Hi me from Maharashtra in

Hi me from Maharashtra in India. am i eligible for this fellowship?

thanks mamta

I am interested in applying

I am interested in applying for this but am from Assam and not Orissa in India. Can I apply please best wishes Minhazz

I am a Kenyan Journalist

I am a Kenyan Journalist where we need more of such trainings. That is wonderful. Keep it up and insist in Journalists from developing countries.

At this time, only

At this time, only journalists from Colombia, Mexico, Peru, Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, the Caribbean countries, and the Indian region of Orissa are eligible for the fellowships.

am from zambia central africa

am from zambia central africa ,am i eligible for this fellowship?

I am from Bangladesh. M i

I am from Bangladesh. M i eligible for this fellowship?

Great opportunities you are

Great opportunities you are providing for journalists. Keep it up. While it is commendable to have all these awards and training opportunities, the challenge for many trained journalists and communicators is failure to gainfully apply the skills learned or continue production of good journalistic materials due to poor pay by media houses in most developing countries, as well as limited opportunities to work gainfully as a journalist.

A research we did at Ultimate Media in 2008 recommended that efforts to promote better journalism should focus more on availing resources to undertake assignments, just like the Forum for African Investigative Reporters has done... we need awards that offer money to produce those important stories. An investment of about 2000 USD can generate about 20 quality world class stories if given out to trained and motivated journalists who produce good articles. It is not difficult to publish a good article in any media house. With many media houses themselves struggling financially and employing fewer journalists, We need to fund generating of good quality articles and providing them to media houses. In other words, money given to one award can generate more than 20 award winning articles. Talk of putting available resources to better use! What do you think?

Uganda Multimedia Journalist and Digital Media Trainer. www.geraldbusinge.com