Deadline: 28 September 2018
The Ministry has launched a new contestable grant to support New Zealand journalists to research and publish stories on New Zealand’s engagement and contribution to development in the Pacific.
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The Ministry is seeking to raise awareness of Pacific issues in New Zealand, by supporting New Zealand-based journalists to cover stories focusing on challenges, issues and opportunities in the Pacific, and the actions that New Zealand is taking with their partners in the Pacific to respond. The stories should be informed by the Pacific Reset and include initiatives supported by the New Zealand Aid Programme, but could also explore Pacific issues more widely.
Journalists will also be encouraged to engage with Pacific journalists on professional development opportunities as part of their trip, where possible and practicable, to deepen journalistic knowledge and connections across the region.
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- The grant would contribute to travel costs incurred in researching Pacific stories. This includes flights, ground/sea transport, accommodation and other related costs, up to a maximum of $5,000.
- Up to two people can travel on one grant (for example, a journalist and a videographer).
- Applicants will need to be self-reliant. All arrangements, including transport, accommodation, visas and travel insurance will be the responsibility of the applicant(s) .
- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade will provide background briefings and other guidance, where possible, to successful applicants to help inform their stories.
- Where possible, the Ministry’s Pacific Posts will provide assistance facilitating research and advice about the local context, as appropriate.
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- Professional journalists (including freelance) working in print, broadcast and digital media are welcome to apply.
- Applicants must demonstrate an established track record in New Zealand media.
- The grant is for content for mainstream media platforms, and cannot be used to fund academic research or for a personal blog.
How to Apply
Applications should be sent at the address given on the website.
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For more information, please visit Pacific Journalism Grant 2018.