Media professionals are invited to apply for the winter round of the Simon Cumbers Media Fund which was announced today. The Simon Cumbers Media Fund was established by Irish Aid to increase public understanding of global development issues.
The Fund was established in memory of Irish journalist Simon Cumbers, who was killed in Saudi Arabia while working with the BBC in 2004. The aim of the Fund is to promote more and better quality coverage of development issues in the Irish media and, by extension, to promote a greater understanding of the work of Irish Aid, the Government’s programme for overseas development.
Media professionals and students are invited to submit proposals to cover a development issue, which will involve travel to a developing country. The Fund is open to all media disciplines and encourages proposals that promote positive impressions of developing countries across headlines such as health; education; environment; business and sport.
Projects that explore the issue of hunger and/or that are relevant to the Millennium Development Goals will be favoured, as will projects that focus on Irish Aid’s partner countries in Africa and Asia. The deadline for the receipt of applications is Friday, 15th October 2010.
Two regional workshops for media personnel interested in applying to the Simon Cumbers Media Fund will take place – the first in Dublin on 20th September at the Irish Aid Information and Volunteering Centre, Upper O’Connell Street and the second in Limerick on 24th September at Irish Aid, Riverstone House on Henry Street.
Speaking on the announcement of the winter round for the Simon Cumbers Media Fund, Minister of State for Overseas Development, Mr. Peter Power TD, said:
“The Fund is an opportunity for the Irish media to enhance their audience’s understanding of the challenges faced by communities in developing countries. By travelling to these countries, journalists will be able to record the hopes and aspirations as well as the challenges that people living in very vulnerable situations face. It will also be an opportunity to highlight the importance of Ireland’s continued engagement with the developing world through our aid programme.”
The Simon Cumbers Media Fund has two funding rounds each year: one in summer and one in winter. Former successful applicants have gone on to travel and report on issues in Ethiopia, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, Lesotho, Timor Leste, Vietnam, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
Previous Simon Cumbers Media Fund projects have also won and been shortlisted for a number of prestigious awards, including at the Corona Fastnet Short Film Festival, the New York Festival, the Western Development Commission John Healy Award and One World Media Awards.
To register for the workshops, please contact Lydia Ishak, DHR Communications at 01-4885808 or firstname.lastname@example.org.