About the Program
The International Center for Journalists is partnering with the Eleanor Crook Foundation, a leading philanthropy organization in the fight against global malnutrition, to launch a new reporting fellowship program. This program will help journalists in the U.S. and around the world gain a better understanding of COVID-19’s impacts on global hunger, malnutrition, and food security as well as opportunities to increase resilience for the most vulnerable populations in a post-pandemic world.
This program seeks to educate journalists on the state of hunger and malnutrition in low- and middle-income countries and draw intersections with key global health and development issues –such as pandemic response, the climate crisis, and ensuring gender equity. It will amplify scalable and sustainable solutions to address malnutrition and outline actions that policymakers and international donors can take to accelerate progress to end this crisis.
The Global Nutrition and Food Security Reporting Fellowship is part of ICFJ's Global Health Crisis Reporting Initiative
The fellowship program aims to engage journalists on global malnutrition which, today, is the leading cause of child deaths worldwide. It will kick off with four webinars on global health- and nutrition-related issues. Participants will be encouraged to produce stories based on lessons learned during the webinars.
At the conclusion of the webinar series, ICFJ will implement subsequent program phases, including:
- A reporting contest, with cash prizes for the top three participants;
- U.S. and international reporters form teams to pitch joint reporting projects;
- A team-building and planning webinar for 40 selected journalists;
- Selection of eight to 10 of the proposed reporting projects for funding and mentorship.
The reporting project component will last three months and includes monthly stipends and the possibility to travel as the pandemic eases.
At the end of the program, ICFJ will create an online compendium of the best work that has been produced.
Apply to the Program
We are currently accepting applications for the program. The deadline to apply is May 6th, 2021. Please submit your application materials here.
The program is open to journalists seeking to cover the nexus between COVID-19 and global health, including topics related to malnutrition, gender, and food security.
At least three years of relevant experience and English-language proficiency are required. We are particularly interested in hearing from journalists based in the U.S., the U.K., and Sub-Saharan Africa, but interested journalists from around the world are encouraged to apply.