Journalists and media professionals with an interest in reporting on issues in the developing world are invited to a workshop for prospective applicants to the winter 2015 round of the Simon Cumbers Media Fund. The information meeting will take place on Wednesday, 30th September 2015 at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Iveagh House, 80 St Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2 from 11am-1pm.
The Fund is designed to facilitate more and better quality media coverage of development issues in the Irish media. It was set up by Irish Aid, the Government’s programme for overseas development, in memory of Irish journalist Simon Cumbers, who was killed in Saudi Arabia in 2004 while on assignment.
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, human rights, and entrepreneurship.
Photographers are also invited to apply to the winter round for funding to present a photographic exhibition. Judges will assess applications against criteria such as the reach of the exhibition and its potential to further raise understanding of development issues among Irish audiences.
Announcing the latest funding round, Minister for Development, Trade Promotion, and North South Co-operation, Sean Sherlock, TD, said: “The Simon Cumbers Media Fund enables journalists to report on the hugely important issues affecting the developing world, in the Irish media. I encourage journalists to submit proposals which examine the modern reality of life in developing countries and challenge the assumptions often portrayed, so that the Irish public can be better informed of the very significant progress which is being made, as well as the challenges facing communities in these countries.
“The stories produced will foster greater understanding of international development, including the work of Irish Aid, the Government’s programme for overseas development.”
Representatives from the Fund and Irish Aid will provide details of themes and guidelines that must be observed by applicants at the upcoming workshop. Attendees will also be advised on how best to present their proposal and secure information about researching ideas.
Please let us know if you would like to attend this meeting by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, putting “Dublin Workshop” in the subject line.
The Simon Cumbers Media Fund is also interested in holding newsroom and regional workshops. Please email us if you’d like to host a meeting, putting “Workshop” in the subject line.
The deadline for the receipt of submissions to the winter 2015 round is Friday, 30th October at 5pm.
Applications should be sent by email to: email@example.com.