Deadline: September 19, 2022
Applications are open for the Thomson Reuters Report on Food Security and Rural Development in South Asia 2022. Food security is a growing global concern. Food prices are at historic highs. But what are policy makers doing to address these issues and who is ensuring that the rural poor and their communities are heard and their stories are told?
The United Nations’ International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is sponsoring this course, which will build expertise and increase knowledge on issues faced by rural communities, help journalists present new viewpoints and to promote discussion on how small-scale agriculture can meet growing demand. and the critical need to support rural transformation as food insecurity, climate change and economic uncertainty intensify.
They invite journalists from South Asia to apply for this workshop, which will cover food security, food production, markets and climate issues and will include a skills lab on online verification, social media and digital storytelling. .
Your participation will give you access to leading IFAD experts as they examine ways to meet the challenges of tackling climate change, food security and production issues in the context of rising prices and economic fallout from COVID-19 and global supply issues. You will have the opportunity to interview them on the problems of your country.
This should not be viewed as a one-time event. They expect all journalists present to continue reporting on these issues in their home countries after the workshop. They will also offer selected participants a small grant and help from TRF mentors to support the continuation of these stories.
- Applicants must be full-time journalists or regular contributors working for media organizations based in the following countries: Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka.
- Applicants should have at least two years of work experience, have a good level of spoken and written English and should explain in their application why they will benefit from attending this course and how they plan to use the learning in their professional work.
- Applicants must have access to a minimum internet speed of 8MB/second.
- Candidates will also need to have access to a computer to participate in the training; participation from a mobile phone or smartphone will not be possible.
Once selected, applicants will also be asked to provide a letter from their publisher supporting their participation in the program, including a commitment to publish the story they will produce if they participate in the mentorship component of the course. This will only be requested by TRF once candidates have been selected for the course.
Applicants will be asked to upload the following documents as part of the application process:
- Two relevant work samples (maximum file size 5 MB). TV/Radio journalists can submit program transcripts, a brief synopsis and/or links to online versions. Participants are encouraged to provide details of the circulation and reach of their publications if possible.
- A biography of no more than 250 words describing your career.
- A 250-500 word statement describing how you hope to benefit from this course, how you plan to use what you learn in your professional work, and any factors affecting your work as a journalist that may be considered relevant to your application.
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