OTTAWA, Dec. 11, 2014 /CNW/ - The world's stories are waiting – make your pitch to tell them.
Aga Khan Foundation Canada and the Canadian Association of Journalists are pleased to announce a new opportunity for journalists in Canada to push the boundaries of reporting on the developing world. The two organizations are launching the Fellowship for International Development Reporting.
The fellowship offers recipients $25,000 to undertake a substantial reporting project which helps Canadians develop a greater understanding of the complex issues facing the developing world. Fellows will be given an opportunity to engage in ambitious foreign reporting during an era of tighter news budgets and be a part of fostering a community of Canadian journalists who share an interest in reporting original topics from the developing world.
Applicants are encouraged to submit their proposals for a project about a development issue within a developing country or region. Applications are welcome from Canadian citizens and permanent residents with at least five years of experience as working journalists, which includes both freelancers and staff reporters. The deadline for entries is 11:59 p.m. EST on Jan. 19, 2015.
"The developing world is evolving at a rapid pace, and journalists play an important role in making sense of the complex dynamics at play," said AKFC's chief executive officer Khalil Z. Shariff. "The Fellowship for International Development Reporting will support journalists who want to tell stories that illuminate the process of global development for Canadians."
Administration and funding for the program is provided by AKFC with additional funding from the Government of Canada through the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development. The CAJ leads the fellowship selection committee and is assisting in the promotion and development of the program. Fellows' work will be completely editorially independent and remain the property of the fellows and any associated media outlet.
"The CAJ has a proud history of encouraging the development of great journalism and rewarding it," CAJ president Hugo Rodrigues said. "This fellowship provides a great opportunity for Canadian journalists to tell the world's stories and share that work with their audiences and colleagues."
AKFC is a non‐profit international development agency, working in Asia and Africa to find sustainable solutions to the complex problems causing global poverty. Established in 1980, AKFC is a registered Canadian charity and an agency of the worldwide Aga Khan Development Network.
The CAJ is Canada's largest national professional organization for journalists from all media, representing over 600 members across the country. The CAJ's primary roles are to provide high-quality professional development for its members and public-interest advocacy.
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SOURCE: Canadian Association of Journalists
For further information: Rosemary Quipp, public affairs officer, AKFC, 1-800-267-2532, ext. 107, firstname.lastname@example.org; Hugo Rodrigues, CAJ president, 613-330-8396 cell, email@example.com