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 May. Each is open to journalists worldwide.
Scholarships for journalism courses Deadline May 6
Midcareer journalists from several developing countries can apply for a scholarship to attend an RNTC course in the Netherlands. The Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP) are accepting applications for five journalism courses at the Radio Nederland Training Centre (RNTC). Courses include covering international justice, social media, multimedia journalism and more. NFP fellowships cover travel costs, accommodation and the course fee. Click here for more information.
Travel writing scholarship Deadline May 15
Students and aspiring writers can apply for a travel writing scholarship from World Nomads. Three aspiring writers will win a 10-day travel writing trip across Europe. The winners will attend a two-day workshop in Berlin led by veteran Lonely Planet author Alex Leviton, then travel to multiple destinations alone and document their trips. The scholarships will cover airfare, accommodations and travel insurance. Click here for more information.
Getty Images grants Deadline May 15
Photojournalists looking to pursue projects of personal and journalistic significance can apply for a grant. The Grants for Editorial Photography, sponsored by Getty Images, support compelling social, political and cultural stories. A total of five grants of US$10,000 will be provided. Both professional and student photojournalists are encouraged to apply. Click here for more information.
Free course on data journalism Deadline May 19
Journalists who want to incorporate data analysis into their reporting may take a free, online training course with the Data Driven Journalism initiative, run by the European Journalism Centre (EJC). The five-module course will teach journalists how to use data to enhance their storytelling. The course consists of the following topics: data journalism in the newsroom, finding data to support stories, finding story ideas with data analysis, dealing with messy data and telling stories with visualization. Click here for more information.
Smithsonian video contest Deadline May 31
Videographers worldwide who are at least 18 years old can submit their videos to a contest. Smithsonian.com is accepting submissions for its new video series Smithsonian In Motion. The contest seeks videos that document the world in the following categories: people, travel, the arts, the natural world, animation, the American experience and how-to. The grand prize winner will receive US$2,000 and have his or her video shown on the Smithsonian Channel On Demand. Click here for more information.
Freelance, local journalism contest Deadline May 31
Print and online journalists worldwide can apply for an award. The Thomson Reuters Foundation hosts the Kurt Schork Awards in International Journalism, honoring the work of freelance journalists and of local reporters in developing countries or nations in transition who often otherwise receive little recognition. The awards feature two categories: freelance journalists covering international news and local reporters covering events in their home country or region. Each winner receives a US$5,000 prize at a ceremony in London. Click here for more information.
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