The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) USA is inviting applications for the Drowning Prevention Reporting Fellowship in South Africa 2019.

ICFJ will recruit 10 journalists for the Drowning Prevention 2019 Reporting Fellowship taking place in Durban, South Africa. The selected fellows will have the opportunity to deepen their understanding of drowning prevention and hone the journalism skills needed to cover this often underreported and misunderstood topic by participating in a two-day workshop ahead of the 2019 World Conference on Drowning Prevention.

According to the latest estimates from the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 320,000 people died in 2016 as a result of drowning, making it one of the deadliest public health threats in the world. In many countries drowning is the leading cause of death after one year of age, and is also frequently the leading cause of death for children between 5-14 years old. More than 90% of drowning deaths occur in low-and middle-income countries.

Worth of Award

The Drowning Prevention Reporting Fellowship will cover;

  • The fellowship-related costs,
  • Including travel to the conference,
  • Accommodations,
  • Emergency insurance,
  • Meals and registration.


To be considered eligible,

  • Journalists who apply for the fellowship must be fluent in English.
  • Priority will be given to journalists from low- or middle-income countries.
  • Selection will be based on the journalists’ professional qualifications, relevant experiences such as demonstrated interest in the topic of drowning prevention
  • Those interested in developing their data reporting skills in service of public health journalism, English-language proficiency, and endorsement by a newsroom manager.

How to Apply

Applicants will be asked to provide the following:

  • An essay (no more than 500 words) detailing your motivation and goals for seeking the fellowship, including specific changes or achievements you hope to make to your work as a result of the workshop;
  • At least two story ideas (300 – 500 words) for in-depth drowning prevention reporting projects that incorporate data. Applicants may focus on their own countries, and include ways to use digital tools and visualizations to engage audiences in a dialogue about drowning prevention;
  • A commitment to producing at least three stories about drowning prevention total during and after the conference;
  • A brief letter of support from an editor or newsroom manager endorsing the journalist’s participation in the program to demonstrate an understanding of the fellowship’s value and support for publishing, posting and/or broadcasting the journalist’s coverage of the conference and story project;
  • A brief biography is written in the third person (up to 300 words);
  • A resume or curriculum vitae;
  • At least two examples of recently published stories, ideally ones related to public health, safety, and development;
  • Proof of a valid passport.

Deadline: Application closes August 19, 2019, at 9:00 am Eastern Time.

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