Freelancer Wellness Fund

Freelance journalists can apply for a US$500 microgrant. Freelancers Union and Fiverr are offering the Freelancer Wellness Fund to aid freelancers and independent workers worldwide. The fund provides grants that freelancers can use towards wellness-related expenses which include mental, physical, social and financial wellness. Eligible freelancers must reside in the United States or international countries that Fiverr serves. For details and to apply, click here.

Deadline | November 2

Africa-Haiti 2023 Francophone Writing Residency

Since 2017, ALCA Nouvelle-Aquitaine and the Institut des Afriques (idAf), with the support of Région Nouvelle-Aquitaine, have been supporting French-language written works from African territories (Maghreb, sub-Saharan Africa, southern Africa, Madagascar) and Haiti. The 2023 edition of this residency will be co-sponsored with La Maison des écritures et Centre intermondes, the Villa Valmont in Lormont and La Maison des auteurs et des autrices – Des écritures à la scène in Limoges.The residency will take place from February 20 to April 14, 2023. The residency covers the cost of round-trip travel between home and residence for the winners and comes with a writing grant of €3,200. For details and to apply, click here.

Deadline | November 6

2022 Philip Meyer Awards

The Philip Meyer Journalism Award honours stories that utilise a wide variety of research tools, from probabilities to survey research. The contest is presented by the National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting, the Knight Chair at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE). Works must have been published or broadcast between October 1, 2021, and September 30, 2022. Entries submitted in other languages must be accompanied by English translations. One person on the story’s team must be a current IRE member. For details and to apply, click here.

Deadline | November 11

Skoll Foundation Programme 

Communications staff at NGOs and CSOs tackling issues relating to environmental, social, and governance (ESG) are invited to join a cutting-edge communications training program to strengthen audience engagement skills to boost reach and impact. The programme will be delivered by world-class trainers and experts and uses Thomson Reuters Foundation’s unique ‘dual track’ approach, which trains journalists and CSO representatives in parallel, and provides opportunities for networking and collaborative story development. This approach strengthens trust between journalists and NGOs/CSOs.For details and to apply, click here.

Deadline | November 15

2023 Kiplinger Fellowship

The Kiplinger Fellowship will be held March 19-24 at Ohio University at the Scripps School of Journalism. This fellowship will focus on Covering Political Discourse and Saving Democracy. If you cover politics or government agencies at any level, elections or political extremism, this fellowship is made for you. You must be a working journalist with at least five years of experience and be employed with a media outlet or freelance for one. Students and academics are not eligible. Candidate reviews will take place in late November and announcements will be made in mid-December. The fellowship covers all of your training, lodging, meals and some social events. There is a travel stipend available to assist with travel expenses and this will vary depending on your proximity to Ohio and employer arrangements. For details and to apply, click here.

Deadline | November 20

New Media Writing Prize

The New Media Writing Prize is looking for innovative and interactive storytelling (fiction or nonfiction) written specifically for delivery and reading/viewing on a PC or Mac, the web or a hand-held device such as an iPad or mobile phone. Entries can be a short story, novel, poem, narrative game, documentary or transmedia work using words, images, film or animation with audience interaction. The winner of the UK New Media Award will receive £1,000 (US$1,071). The winners of the Opening Up and Digital Journalism Awards will receive £500 (US$536) each. For details and to apply, click here.

Deadline | November 25

Internews’ Earth Journalism Network workshop

Internews’ Earth Journalism Network invites journalists from South Africa to apply for a media workshop on covering pathways to Net Zero, to be held in Johannesburg from January 30-February 1, 2023. This three-day workshop will help journalists in South Africa improve their understanding of Net Zero, and learn how to report more effectively on their countries’ policies and actions to meet their climate goals. For details and to apply, click here.

Deadline | November 27

Sony World Photography Awards

The Sony World Photography Awards is the leading competition for photographers and artists working in photography. Made up of four competitions (Professional, Open, Student and Youth), all entries are free and the top prize is US$25,000. The awards are regarded as one of the world’s most prestigious photography competitions by elevating photographers’ careers – from established to emerging – since it started 16 years ago.  For details and to apply, click here.

Deadline | November 30

Harvard Nieman Fellowship

The Nieman Visiting Fellowships at Harvard offer short-term research opportunities to individuals interested in working on special projects designed to advance journalism. Candidates need not be practising journalists but must demonstrate the ways in which their work at Harvard and the Nieman Foundation may improve the prospects for journalism’s future. For details and to apply, click here.

Deadline | December 1

Deadline | December 8

Africa Environment Reporting Programme

African Women in the Media (AWiM) is a network for African women working in media industries anywhere globally. AWiM is calling for pitches that will call attention to the gendered aspect of environmental issues in Africa. AWiM is particularly interested in in-depth stories that explore environmental solutions with a focus on any of the 12 elements of the African Green Stimulus Programme. Journalists can also highlight the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on ecosystems, biodiversity, conservation, waste management and other issues related to the broader ecological challenges in Africa which affect women. The commission fee is US$100 per story. For details and to apply, click here. 

Deadline | Rolling

Baraza Media Lab Incubator

This 12-month programme welcomes both for-profit and non-profit organisations, as well as individuals and teams who wish to create an organisation or implement a specific innovative project in the media space. The incubatees will receive a US$2,500 stipend, strategic mentoring and training, workplace essentials and much more. For details and to apply, click here. 

Deadline | Rolling

Thomson Foundation: News Writing: The art of storytelling

This course is designed to teach you how to write news stories in an effective and engaging way using techniques employed by Ewen MacAskill and other journalists around the world. Ewen will teach you when and how to go beyond the inverted pyramid model of storytelling to make your stories stand out and make you a better storyteller.

This is a first of a three-course series on news writing. In courses 2 and 3, Ewen will take you through more advanced techniques and the art of news analysis. For details and to apply, click here.

Deadline | Rolling



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