Journalists in six African countries — South Africa, Zambia, Tanzania, Ghana, Kenya and Nigeria — can win a fully paid study tour to major United States newsrooms as part of a new impactAFRICA reporting contest. Applications for the fourth round impactAFRICA Journalism contest are now open.

Eligible Countries: South Africa, Zambia, Tanzania, Ghana, Kenya and Nigeria

About the Award:
impactAFRICA is seeking stories that shed light on the challenges women and girls face in accessing health care and health services, and solutions to improve the quality of life for them and their families. Journalists who have published, broadcast or produced impactful stories on any platform and in any medium in at least one of the target countries during the period from November 15, 2016 to March 15, 2017. The best submissions will showcase solutions and offer evidence that the reportage has had a positive impact on policies or services.

Gender inequality is not just an abstract issue. It directly impacts the health and lives of women and girls across the continent, as well as societies and communities. According to UNWomen, 8 in 10 of all new HIV patients are women. Girls across Africa still suffer from a lack of proper sanitation at schools, contributing to a higher dropout rate than amongst boys.

A lack of family planning contributes to preventable deaths of women and to keeping a family in poverty.

“African women are often the backbone of their communities and economies, but many of the health challenges they face — and the resulting impacts on society — remain underreported. Poor media coverage translates into poor public understanding of the issues,” explains impactAFRICA programme manager Haji Mohamed Dawjee. “We are therefore looking for stories that help demystify complex issues and give both citizens and policy makers actionable information for better decision-making.”

Grant recipients should be at least 18 years old.
Participants who wish to submit proposals should focus on in-depth reportage into hidden, neglected or under-reported health and development issues.

An independent international jury will choose winners in three categories: best community impact; best audience engagement; and best use of data.
The winners will spend 10 days visiting newsrooms in three cities in the United States and learning from some of the world’s top digital media outlets.

Value of Contest:
$500,000 and other prizes.
The winners will spend 10 days visiting newsrooms in three cities in the United States and learning from some of the world’s top digital media outlets.

How To Apply:
Applications for the fourth round are now open. Applications are done online. For more information and to apply, visit the Application Page.

Application Deadline: 15th March 2017

Note: This funded program might require submitting a grant proposal.

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Some Grant writing/proposal demands that;
– applicants describe exactly how they will spend the time and resources allocated.
– applicants should discuss the lasting impacts of the program and several other demands.

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