Monday, March 21, 2011

Travel/Writing Grant Requirements

Travel/Writing Grant Requirements

The International Institute of ICT journalism (Penplusbytes) in conjunction with Revenue Watch Institute announces the availability of a travel/writing grant under the Strengthening Media oversight of the Extractive Sector (with focus on oil & gas) project for Ghanaian journalists currently participating in the above project.

AIM: This grant aims to ensure that high quality in-depth and enterprising stories on the extractive sector, especially oil and gas, appear in the Ghana media more regularly. The grant will fund individual journalists, selected through a competitive process, to pursue promising ideas and produce well-researched and well-written stories.

The selection panel, consisting of Penplusbytes, mentors and Senior journalists, will look at story proposals that hold promise in the following areas, among others:

• Originality;
• Enterprise and investigation;
• Analysis and depth;
• Relevance and significance; and
• Potential to promote accountability in public policy and decision-making, and in the extractive industry.

AMOUNT: Apply for up to US$390. Journalists with more ambitious proposals may be considered for a little extra funding.

DURATION: The grant will run from March 15, 2011 to June 30, 2011.

WORKINGS: An applicant should:

• Fill a Bursary application form.

• Note that completed stories, once published by the media house, may also appear on the RWI and PPB websites.

• Discuss the application with the mentor before submission.
• Note that one person can apply for more than one grant to do a separate story only after completing the first story.
• Submit his or her application at least 2 weeks before the scheduled start of reporting.
• Stories must be submitted one month after the grant is approved
• Note that a print story will be 1,000 words in average length and 5 to 10 minutes for radio and TV. Investigative stories can be longer, and so are stories that are planned to run as a series.
• Aim to submit his or her completed story to the editor within a month of receiving the grant.
• Keep all receipts for accountability.

APPLY TO: Send application as email attachment to: copied to
Kofi Mangesi: and
Kwami Ahiabenu:

INQUIRIES: For more information, contact:
Tel:+ 233 21 922620/922621/ +233302234015

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