The International Reporting Project (IRP)  based at the John Hopkins School of  Advanced International Studies, calls on new media journalists from Africa and the developing world to send in submissions for the 2014/15 New Media Reporting Trip to Ethiopia.

The IRP trip will focus on efforts to prevent newborn deaths, as well as provide an overview of maternal and child health, immunizations, nutrition, communicable diseases, and health care provision in Ethiopia, among other topics. They will also examine social factors—such as women’s empowerment, governance, and marginalized communities—in this landlocked East African country.

As the international community strives to accelerate progress toward the impending 2015 deadline for achieving the Millennium Development goals, a new focus has emerged on scaling available and proven interventions that could save huge numbers of newborns from early death or disease.

Worth of Award

  • Participants on this trip will have an opportunity to visit urban and rural sites in Ethiopia, Africa’s second most populous country, and will observe initiatives such as the program that sends more than 35,000 community health workers into more than 15,000 health stations across the country.
  • Fellows will also meet with key government officials, representatives of nongovernmental organizations, members of the business community, members of the local media, and others.
  • The IRP will purchase the Fellows’ roundtrip air tickets to Ethiopia and will pay for visas, hotel costs, meals and local transportation. Fellows who wish to extend their stay after the fellowship will have the option to arrange that at their own expense.
  • All fellows are required to participate in the sessions arranged for the group, and some independent reporting time will also be built into the schedule. Fellows who wish to cover other topics outside of this group fellowship are encouraged to extend their stay in Ethiopia.
  • Participants will be asked to post frequent stories—including blog posts, slideshows, social media posts, video and audio clips—before, during and after the trip. All of the fellows’ stories will be republished on the IRP site and co-owned by the fellow (or his/her distribution partners, depending on agreements) and the IRP.
  • In addition, the work produced as a result of the trip may be posted on the social media channels of the IRP’s funders. This trip is supported by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.


  • This group trip is open only to applications from new media journalists, including media professionals, bloggers, influential social media practitioners, and freelance contributors, who are citizens of the following nations:
  •  France
  • Germany
  •  India
  •  Malawi
  •  Nigeria
  •  Norway
  •  Senegal
  •  United Kingdom and
  • United States.

How to Apply

  • All candidates must fill out an application form and provide a detailed essay of at least 800 words describing the types of stories they might pursue during the Ethiopia trip.
  • Application is done online via their website (see link below)

Deadline: The deadline for applications is Monday, April 21.       

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Click here to submit your application

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