The International Women’s Media Foundation invites applications for the Global Health Reporting Initiative Training for journalists in 2022.
During COVID-19, journalists have needed to digest complex, and often unfamiliar, public health information and evidence-based research to provide clear and factual reporting for their communities. They have also been tasked with combating the spread of dis- and misinformation, which the World Health Organization identified as a priority to ensure vaccine acceptance and to control the pandemic. The COVID vaccine rollout continues to expose stark inequalities – only 23% of people over age 60 and 37% of health workers in low-income countries have received COVID vaccines – and the WHO and UNICEF reported the largest sustained decline in childhood vaccinations in approximately 30 years.
In this context, the IWMF will offer its Global Health Reporting Initiative (GHRI), focused on vaccines and immunization, for a second generation of journalists in Africa and Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) member countries. Established with the support of the Sabin Vaccine Institute’s Immunization Advocates program, this 9-month, virtual fellowship will take place from October 2022 through June 2023.
The IWMF will select a total of 30 journalists in Africa and CARPHA member countries in the Caribbean to participate in our GHRI. Beginning in October 2022, our cohort will participate in an online, English-language course that will provide access to sources who are public health and science-related experts on vaccines, public health, trade, social and behavioral communications, and global health policy.
Worth of Award
- At the end of the course, in February 2023, the IWMF will award competitive reporting grants to support the production of in-depth, fact-based, high-quality reporting on vaccines, especially regarding issues of vaccine acceptance and demand.
- Journalists who are awarded a reporting grant will be mentored by a senior public health or science reporter.
- The GHRI will enable journalists to better inform public health influencers and communities about vaccines.
- The GHRI is open to women, men, and nonbinary journalists.
- Applicants must reside and work in a low- or middle-income country in Africa (as categorized by the World Bank).
- Applicants must be full-time, professional working journalists with at least two years of journalism experience.
- Journalists of all backgrounds and experience levels are encouraged to apply; early and mid-career journalists will be given priority.
- Journalists must be fluent in English to fully participate in and benefit from the Initiative.
- Journalists who are selected will be expected to complete approximately 30 hours of online, synchronous learning; a calendar will be provided in advance.
How to Apply
- To apply, please create a free Submittable account and fill out this application form.
- If you have any other questions, please contact Claudia Gonzalez at [email protected].
Deadline:The IWMF will accept applications from August 16 to September 15, 2022, at 11:59 pm ET.