Open Media Hub Funding Program: Inviting Investigative Stories

Deadline: 9 December 2018

The OPEN Media Hub is launching a call for expression of interest, a production support scheme, to enable TV and online journalists in the Southern Neighbourhood countries to create content (TV reports of varying lengths: news, features, long reads, online portfolio…).

The OPEN Media Hub will provide successful candidates with the financial means and practical guidance to produce and disseminate such stories at an appropriate quality level.

This Call also seeks to increase the amount of analytic, in-depth quality programming available for the audience in these countries and available for distribution regionally and internationally via the project’s Content Exchange Platform.

They invite the broadcast and online media outlets to propose investigative stories on issues that are of importance in their countries. The topics and themes should be character-driven if possible, or have a direct impact on the lives of the characters chosen to illustrate the issue. The themes could be but not exclusively related to: corruption, freedom of expression, human right violations, human trafficking, extremism.

They invite proposals for:

  • Broadcast: 12 minutes (preferred) or 26 up to exceptionally up to 52 minutes;
  • Online: long reads, webdoc, portfolios;
  • Combinations of broadcast and online formats

Budget Information

  • The amount of support will always take the topic, media outlet, and country into account and be proportionate to the typical prices and rates in applicant’s country.
  • The disbursement will be based on a realistic budget proposal! please find below examples depending on length / formats, for example:
  • Online long read maximum amount is €1,500.
    • 12’ minutes TV report: € 2500.
    • 12’ minutes TV report + 3 social media + 1 Online long read: €3,500.
    • 26’minutes TV report: €4,500.
    • 52’minutes TV report: €8,000.

Eligibility Criteria

  • All applicants must demonstrate that they are duly authorised by the legal entity backing them, and by producing a letter of intent from an authorised representative. This letter must state an eligible media outlet’s intention to broadcast or publish the eventual production, including an indication of the date(s) and context(s) of the planned broadcast or publication.
  • Investigative Reporting from Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia
  • Open Media Hub is providing the template for the required letter of intent.
  • Eligible applicants are:
    • News organisations (e.g., TV stations, online news companies);
    • Journalistic organisations (e.g., associations, foundations) if they can demonstrate a publication commitment from a media outlet;
    • Audio-visual production companies;
  • Journalists acting on behalf of any of the above.

Exception: Media Hub may decide, on a case by case basis, that individual journalists or television producers are eligible without legal entity backing or endorsement. Similarly, will relevant applications from bloggers, vloggers and citizen-journalists be considered if they can demonstrate a track record of significant audience reach on their platforms.

How to Apply

All the required documents (letter of intent, intended budget, waivers and risk assessments) must be uploaded in the online form which is given on the website.

For more information, please visit https://openmediahub.com/2018/10/08/get-funding-for-your-investigative-stories-2/

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