CAJ extends CAJ/CIDA Fellowship closing - Dec 30th



    OTTAWA, Dec. 15 /CNW/ - The Canadian Association of Journalists is
extending the closing date of the CAJ/CIDA Fellowship call for entries to
December 30, 2007. All applications should be postmarked that date or before. 
Any journalist with an interest in development and development issues is
encouraged to apply.
    The purpose of the fellowship is to encourage in-depth and informed
reporting on international development issues. Recipients will gain a unique,
first-person experience through visits to development projects and interaction
with the people of developing countries.
    The fellowship has been expanded this year to include proposals to cover
developing countries outside of Africa. A list of developing countries that
are eligible can be found at:
http://www.acdi-cida.gc.ca/CIDAWEB/acdicida.nsf/En/9EE8F06AA2979F1B85257116006
C9B04?OpenDocument

    Recipients will be chosen by a panel of judges based on applicants'
research proposals and interests. There are five fellowships available, one
for each of the following regions:
    
    (1) British Columbia and Yukon;
    (2) Prairies and the North (Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, the
        Northwest Territories and Nunavut);
    (3) Ontario;
    (4) Quebec and the National Capital Region and
    (5) Atlantic.
    

    The budget has been set to cover 15 days of travel but fellowship winners
can opt to remain abroad longer. The travel must be completed and some stories
must be published/broadcast by May 20, 2008 so they can be presented by the
fellows at the CAJ's national conference in Edmonton in May. In total,
fellowship winners will be expected to broadcast/publish a minimum of three
stories.
    The following costs will be covered: Airfares, accommodation,
meals/incidentals, local transportation, medical and vaccinations, visas and
registration, as well as airfare and hotel for the CAJ's 2008 national
conference.
    An application consists of a package that includes four (4) copies of
each of the following items:

    A letter of intent from an employer guaranteeing the reports will be
published/broadcast. For freelancers, a letter of guarantee or intent from a
mainstream broadcaster, newspaper, magazine or news outlet to broadcast,
publish, or syndicate the resulting articles, features or reportage is
required; a resume; samples of recent work (maximum five stories); a proposal
that shows evidence of some preliminary research and clearly outlines what
stories applicants hope to do during their time abroad.

    (Four copies of the above items must be provided otherwise the
application package will be considered incomplete)

    Note: Incomplete applications will not be considered.

    More information can be found on the CAJ's website: www.caj.ca. Tip
sheets to assist applicants in submitting a proposal are also available on the
website.

    Please note that neither the CAJ nor CIDA will have any editorial control
over the content that is published/broadcast as a result of the CAJ-CIDA
Fellowship.

    The CAJ is Canada's largest professional organization for journalists
from all media, with about 1,500 members across Canada. The CAJ's primary
roles are to provide high quality professional development for its members and
public-interest advocacy.





For further information:

For further information: John Dickins, Executive Director, CAJ: (613)
526-8061, Cell phone (613) 868-5442


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