January 26, 2015

NEWS / PROJECTS / RADIO: “All the children of Mali”: a radio programme for the protection of migrant children

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January 13, 2015

OPPORTUNITIES: Strangers at home - story pitching

Source: http://strangers.globalreportingcentre.org

Tensions are on the rise in Europe, but most of the world has little understanding or appreciation of the complexities of what is taking place in pockets throughout the continent. We are looking for help to tell these stories.

We're looking for writers, filmmakers, scholars, artists, storytellers, activists – anyone who has a perspective on the extremism that has been spreading across the European continent.

The Global Reporting Centre would like to hear from you. Submit a short written proposal, and the top pitches will each qualify for a €500 grant to create a 60 second video for "Strangers at Home."

Step 1: Pitch

Write a 500-word story pitch. Submit to peter.klein(at)globalreportingcentre.org. by March 1st, 2015. Tell us what you are seeing in your country. What are the underlying reasons for the rise of neo-Nazi political parties, vigilante groups and racist violence? What do people really talk about at polite dinner parties or after a few drinks at the bar? When do people clutch their purse? Why? And in what way are people in your country resisting? 

Step 2: Selection

Your proposal will be reviewed by staff at the Global Reporting Centre. We are a team of professional journalists, filmmakers and researchers. The top 10 pitches will be chosen. Those who are selected will receive 500 Euro to provide 60 seconds of footage. This footage will then be used to create a promo that will assist with fundraising the remainder of the project.

Step 3: Video

Pending funding we will select the top seven stories and storytellers. These people will receive the financial, technical, creative and editing support needed to tell their stories in the most compelling way possible. The end result will be a multi-media site to house the stories, institutional and financial support, and the weaving together of the films into one long-form documentary.

January 10, 2015

OPPORTUNITIES / INTERNSHIPS: Summer Internship Program at Global News

Deadline: 12 January 2015

The Associated Press is offering paid journalism internships for the summer 2015in nine US cities (including Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Raleigh, Sacramento and Washington, DC) and 10 international locations (including Bangkok, Berlin, Johannesburg, London, Mexico City, New Delhi, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, Seoul and Tokyo).

Interns will be expected to be fast thinkers and show creativity and strong news judgment. They should be strong storytellers who are able to recognise interesting news elements, suggest their own story ideas and angles and incorporate them in video, still images or text. Interns should be comfortable interacting with a diverse group of co-workers and interview subjects. Depending on experience and training, interns may contribute to the text news report – reporting and writing their own stories under the direct supervision of an editor. Editors will train interns on such areas as interview techniques, sourcing, databases and AP style.

The internship is open to US and international students as well as recent graduates. Applicants must be:

  • current full-time students within two years of earning an undergraduate degree (juniors and seniors); or
  • current full-time graduate students.

The summer 2015 Global News Internship is a paid, highly selective, 12-week individually tailored training program for students who are aspiring cross-format journalists. For additional information please contact: internship@ap.org

For application you need to prepare the following documents:

  • A 300-word autobiographical essay on this topic: "The Associated Press seeks to recruit and retain a workforce that embodies a wide range of talents, experiences, achievements and journalistic skills. Please describe the qualities and accomplishments you would bring to the company as an intern.";
  • A resume and cover letter (please include your projected graduation date);
  • Three to five examples of your work (links to a website of your clips, video, photos and multimedia work are preferred);
  • A letter of reference from a previous internship or former employer;
  • Mode of applying is online by submitting the information and documents here.

Please find the official webpage here.


January 8, 2015

PHOTO / OPPORTUNITIES: EU and WFP launch photo competition with celebrity chef Jamie Oliver

During the coming holiday season the UN World Food Programme (WFP) and the European Union (EU) will shine a spotlight on the universal custom of the family meal, by launching today the Family Meal Photo Competition, with celebrity chef Jamie Oliver on the judging panel.

The competition is part of a wider awareness raising campaign by WFP and the European Commission's Department for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO) that aims to draw attention to the fact that hunger is the world's most solvable problem.

The families photographed by Chris Terry in Myanmar, Ecuador and Jordan represent tens of millions of refugees forced from their homes because of conflict in their home country or in Colombia and Syria. The families in Chad and Niger live in extreme poverty on the edge of the desert and the front line of climate change, and are also representative of millions more in dozens of other countries. While they have temporarily lost the ability to provide enough food to remain healthy and enable their children to grow to their full potential, WFP can step in to help - thanks to EU funds.

With its people-centred approach, EU food assistance aims to support the needs of vulnerable, food-insecure people in a way which is both efficient and effective, yet preserving recipients' dignity and allowing them to start rebuilding their lives. These families' circumstances are considerably more difficult than those faced by the average European.

"Everyone I photographed was so generous with their time and hospitality.  They invited me into their homes and communities and allowed me to photograph them while they were at a vulnerable time in their lives," Terry says.

From today until 11 January 2015, people around the world are asked to capture on camera why sharing a family meal is important to them. Chef Jamie Oliver, the photo competition's judge, adds: "Taking the time to share a healthy, nutritious meal together is the heart and soul of families all over the world. The Family Meal Project shows, through incredible photography and inspiring stories, that enjoying a meal with loved ones is a universal thing, happening at dinner tables everywhere. Please snap and share why family meals are important to you."

The winners will have their photo included in the travelling Family Meal photo exhibition, which will be displayed in European capital cities in 2015.


January 6, 2015

OPPORTUNITIES: Youth Journalism International hosts contest

Student reporters, cartoonists and photographers ages 19 and under can enter a contest.

Youth Journalism International hosts a contest recognizing exceptional journalism done by students worldwide.

The top five honors include Journalist of the Year, Educator of the Year, the Courage in Journalism Award, the Jacinta Maria Bunnell Award for Commentary and the Frank Keegan "Take No Prisoners" Award for News.

Other categories include multimedia, news, enterprise, profile, features, editorial, column writing, first-person essay, cartoons, reviews, sports and photography.

Entries must have been published between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2014 in online or print publications. School publications, underground papers, blogs, online papers and other venues for journalism are all acceptable.

The entry fee is US$20 for the top honors, US$10 for team entries and US$5 for individuals. The deadline is Feb. 6.

For more information, click here.

Source: http://ijnet.org/en/opportunities/youth-journalism-international-hosts-contest-worldwide

December 31, 2014

In Germany, New Doubts About Digital Learning For Kids

In Germany, New Doubts About Digital Learning For Kids:

MUNICH — Her hands run over the high-gloss magazine cover, and as she turns pages she gets a few paper cuts on her tiny fingers. In a 90-second YouTube clip, a father and professed Apple fan lets his then 1-year-old daughter play with an iPad and various magazines, but the latter evidently just frustrate her. The video shows how digital media are present in the daily lives of even very small children. 
The Allensbach Institute for Public Opinion Research recently conducted a survey of where digital training stands in German preschools and elementary schools. Researchers included 1,500 parents of young children all across Germany, along with preschool and elementary school teachers. What emerged was that neither parents nor teachers see preschool as the place to teach children about computers, tablets and smartphones. On the contrary, they fear that doing so would overwhelm the children.
Read the full article: In Germany, New Doubts About Digital Learning For Kids 
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