Tuesday, 26th August 2014
Journalists and media professionals with an interest in reporting on issues in the developing world are invited to apply for funding under the Winter 2014 round of the Simon Cumbers Media Fund.
The Fund is designed to facilitate more and better quality media coverage of development issues in the Irish media.
Applications from all media disciplines are encouraged and in particular from journalists wishing to report on the modern reality of life in developing countries, including the areas of business, innovation, education, health, climate change, and entrepreneurship.
Speaking on the launch, Minister for Development, Trade Promotion, and North South Co-operation, Sean Sherlock, TD, said:
“Irish Aid has been supporting the Simon Cumbers Media Fund for almost ten years and is extremely proud of the standard of work that has been completed with the Fund’s support.
“When tackling development issues it can be all too easy to focus on the negatives. With the Winter 2014 round we are encouraging journalists to submit proposals which reflect the modern reality of life in these countries and challenge the assumptions often portrayed, so that the Irish public can better understand the very significant progress which is being made as well as the challenges facing communities in those countries.
“The stories produced will foster greater understanding of international development, including the work of Irish Aid, the Government’s programme for overseas development.”
Photographers who apply to the Winter 2014 round can also apply for funding to present a photographic exhibition. Judges will assess their application against criteria including the reach of the exhibition and its potential to further raise understanding of development issues among Irish audiences.
The Fund was set up by Irish Aid in 2005 in memory of the late Irish journalist and cameraman, Simon Cumbers.
The deadline for the receipt of submissions to the winter 2014 round is Friday, 31st October at 5pm.
CONTACT: Emily Kelly, DHR Communications, Tel: 01-4200580 / 087-9759248