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WAN-IFRA Women in News Social Impact Reporting Initiative (SIRI Africa) 2021

Applications are now open for the WAN-IFRA Women in News Social Impact Reporting Initiative (SIRI Africa) 2021. Please review the FAQs below to determine eligibility, and whether you should submit an application as an individual or as an organisation.

Application Deadlines:

  • 31st March 2021
  • 31st May 2021
  • 31st July 2021. 

About the Award: The WAN-IFRA Women in News Social Impact Reporting Initiative was launched in 2020 to facilitate social impact reporting; bringing the stories of marginalised and vulnerable communities to the mainstream, and helping to bring mainstream media to these underserved audiences.

Now in its second year running, the initiative provides small cash activities-based grants (for media organisations and industry associations) and sponsorship for reporting assignments (for individual journalists) that focus on social impact.

Members of the WIN community, as well as select community and local media operating in print, digital and radio are invited to apply. Industry associations may also apply.

At this time only applications from Sub-Saharan Africa countries in which WIN is active will be considered including Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Somalia, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Type: Grants

Eligibility:

INDIVIDUAL GRANTS

Which individuals can apply?
Sponsorship for reporting assignments through the Women in News Social Impact Reporting Initiative is available for individuals who are currently enrolled in, or are alumni of, any Women in News programme dating back to 2010.

While we will assess each application individually on its merits, you may apply as an ‘individual’ if any of the below conditions apply:

– You are not currently receiving a salary from a media organisation
– You have been made to take unpaid leave for an extended period
– You have been made to take a salary cut of 50% or more for an extended period
– You are a correspondent who has seen a work contract cancelled or reduced due to COVID-19

You may not apply if you are currently employed on a full-time basis, or have a full-time reporting contract in place.

How much can I apply for?
Journalists may apply for grants for assignments up to EUR2,000. The amount requested by an individual should reflect the scope and length of the proposed assignment.

What type of assignment can I propose as the reporting assignment?
You can propose any type of story, or series of stories, reports, or features, in any format: (e.g. print, podcast, video etc.). The number of planned stories or segments should be proportionate to the amount requested.

Thematically, SIRI assignments may cover a broad range of subjects, loosely categorized under the following themes:
– Gender equality & Gender Specific
– Poverty & Social Welfare
– Public Interest & Investigative
– Health & Safety

Assignments should reflect social, economic, political or health-related issues through a gendered-lens. General interest stories with an emphasis on segments of the population that are considered vulnerable or under-represented are also encouraged. This may be defined by gender, age, geography, racial or sexual identity, as well as economic status. Click here for more on Sida’s multi-dimensional view of poverty. Public interest and investigative stories are also accepted.

ORGANISATIONS

What organisations are eligible to apply?
Media outlets in print, digital or radio may apply for short-term grants to support their efforts to bring timely and accurate information to their audiences. Industry associations that are coordinating efforts on the ground on behalf of the media industry may also apply.

Priority will be given to any media organisation or media-related industry association that aims to deliver news and information to vulnerable or under-represented communities and the stories of vulnerable or under-represented communities to mainstream society. Community and local media organisations will also be given priority. The thematic priorities of SIRI are as follows:
– Gender equality & Gender Specific
– Poverty & Social Welfare
– Public Interest & Investigative
– Health & Safety

At this time only applications from Sub-Saharan Africa countries in which WIN is active will be considered including Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Somalia, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Vulnerable or under-represented segments of the population could be defined by gender, age, geography, racial or sexual identity, as well as economic status. Click here for more on Sida’s multi-dimensional view of poverty.

How much can my organisation apply for?
Organisations may apply for up to a maximum of EUR8,000.

How long can the assignment period be?
Reporting assignments should be completed within a 8 week period.

What sort of things can I use the grant for?
Appropriate activities or expenditure are defined by each initiative, however, they could broadly include:
– Personal protective equipment (PPE)
– Activity/implementation costs
– Core costs
– Salaries/fees

Eligible Countries: sub-Saharan African countries

Number of Awards: Not specified

How to Apply:

  • It is important to go through all application requirements in the Award Webpage (see Link below) before applying.
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