ICFJ: Covering Road Safety in the Southeast Asia Region

Deadline: 13 October 2016

In partnership with World Health Organization (WHO), the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) will organize a two-day workshop from Dec. 5 – 6, 2016, for journalists from the Southeast Asia region to improve their coverage of the road-traffic injuries that account for approximately 316,000 death each year in the Southeast Asia Region.

The goal of the program is to raise awareness among journalists of road-traffic injuries as a leading cause of death in the region and to help increase coverage of this under-reported issue. The workshop will include detailed discussions on road-safety facts, evidence and best practices, including an overview of local and regional policies.

The training will improve the participants’ understanding of road-safety issues and provide them with cutting-edge digital tools to create in-depth, engaging coverage. Fellows will have the chance to work with high-level technical experts in the field of road safety and receive guidance and mentoring on reporting projects. During the workshop, fellows will learn basic facts about road safety, the difference between reporting on traffic and road safety, and how to identify and scrape data, create data-driven reports and develop data visualizations to engage audiences. Fellows also will learn about best practices when utilizing social media.


WHO/ICFJ will cover all fellowship-related costs including travel to the workshop and accommodations.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Journalists who apply for the fellowship must be fluent in English.
  • Applicants must currently work and reside in one of the 11 WHO Southeast Asia Region member states.

How to Apply

  • Applicants can apply via given website.
  • Applicants should provide the following materials:
    • An essay (no more than 500 words) detailing the motivation and goals for attending the workshop, which includes three specific changes applicants hope to make in how applicants work as a result of the program;
    • A detailed road safety reporting project that may focus on applicant’s own country or the region and that incorporates digital tools and/or data, as well as ways to use these tools and social media to engage audiences in a dialogue about road-safety issues;
    • A commitment to produce at least three road-safety stories as a result of the workshop;
    • A letter of support from an editor or newsroom manager endorsing applicant’s participation in the program and demonstrating support for publishing, posting and/or broadcasting their story project;
    • A resume or curriculum vitae;
    • At least two samples of applicant’s work that has focused on road safety, published/posted/broadcast recently (no earlier than 2015).

Eligible Countries: Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Indonesia, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Timor-Leste

For more information, please visit Covering Road Safety in the Southeast Asia Region.

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