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WAN – IFRA African Media Grants Program 2021

Deadline: October 24th, 2021

The World Association of News Publishers (WAN)-IFRA Media Freedom invites African media organisations to apply for a grant to assist newsrooms in telling the story of climate change.

The impact of climate change touches virtually every element of their society. But misinformation and climate denial undermine how media reach audiences, and devalue the good work many are already producing. The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and the worsening economic situation place immense strains on budgets and newsroom resources. But they cannot ignore an issue that will define the legacy they leave future generations.

From any angle – economic, environmental, health, political, science, social – the story of climate change needs reliable information and a fact-based approach, one that engages audiences, makes them aware of the stakes, and allows them to engage in positive action. Audiences need hope; they need a professional media to help provide it.

Why You Should Apply

Organisations may apply for grants equalling $10,000 USD.

Who Can Apply?

  • Any professional news media outlet may apply for a grant to support their efforts to bring climate change and environmental reporting to their audiences.
  • Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe are eligible.

Selection Criteria

WAN-IFRA’s Climate Change and Environmental Reporting grants are designed to aid newsrooms across Africa in tackling storytelling that:

  • Demonstrates clear relevance to local communities
  • Addresses the big issues, highlights the under-reported stories, or exposes new angles
  • Showcases innovative solutions that have impact
  • Promotes efforts towards positive change and shows people how they can take action
  • Explores innovative storytelling formats to reach and engage audiences

A successful application will clearly demonstrate some or all of these criteria.

All formats, including multi-format storytelling, will be considered. Content can be produced in any language, but must also be available in English.

Visit African Media Grants for more information.

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