On 3rd May 2020, national and local celebrations for World Press Freedom Day will take place around the world, some in the form of online debates and workshops. UNESCO launched a global campaign on media and social media channels, with a focus on “Journalism without Fear or Favour”.
In order to help build a sense of shared community among our network, learn from one another, and support each other during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, GFMD hosted an informal, members-only Virtual Town Hall on 25 March 2020. The first Town Hall led to the development of a joint statement and a shared resource centre.
Deadline: 15 May 2020
Funding Opportunity Reporting Democracy is inviting proposals for stories that reveal how the Covid-19 crisis is reshaping politics and society in Central, Eastern, and Southeast Europe. Successful proposals will receive a grant of between 500 and 2,500 euros.
Funding Opportunity The European Journalism Centre (EJC) and the Facebook Journalism Project (FJP) have launched a $3 million USD fund to support hundreds of community, local, and regional news organisations around Europe during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.
Deadline: 29 April 2020
Funding Opportunity The Google News Initiative launched the global Journalism Emergency Relief Fund for small and medium-sized news organisations producing original news with the aim of supporting original journalism for local communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Funding Opportunity The Facebook Journalism Project strengthens connections between journalists and their communities and addresses the news industry’s core business challenges. The initiative has pledged to donate $100 million to the news industry during the COVID-19 crisis.
Deadline: 20 April 2020
Grant SAJA is partnering with the Economic Hardship Reporting Project to help finance freelance projects that are focused on covering the coronavirus outbreak and its impacts in order to to support freelance journalists who may be facing financial hardship at this time.
Funding Opportunity UNESCO will be accepting proposals for innovative projects that will enhance journalists’ legal protection and their access to legal assistance, as well support investigative journalism contributing to tackling impunity, at the local, regional and/or international level.
Funding Opportunity As COVID-19 continues to impact communities around the globe, the National Geographic Society has launched an emergency fund for journalists who wish to cover COVID-19 and address the needs of the most vulnerable and underserved populations.
Grant The Fund for Investigative Journalism is providing rolling grants for U.S. Freelancers. FIJ’s Board of Directors is looking for stories on COVID-19 that break new ground and expose wrongdoing in the public and private sectors.
Funding Opportunity The Rory Peck Trust have launched a COVID-19 Hardship Fund to support freelance journalists during the pandemic. This fund will be used to provide practical and financial support to freelance journalists whose work and livelihoods have been affected by COVID-19.
Funding Opportunity The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting is seeking proposals that develop innovative approaches to reporting on COVID-19 using collaboration among journalists and newsrooms across national and state borders.
Funding Opportunity Internews have launched a rapid response fund to help small, local news organisations worldwide survive in the face of COVID-19. The fund launched with $100,000 to be made available for journalists globally.
Funding Opportunity Women Photograph are offering multiple emergency funds for freelance photographers who have already been hit hard by the COVID-19 crisis and will continue to be impacted by loss of assignments as we face this global health crisis.
Funding Opportunity The Judith Neilson COVID-19 fund will boost funding for freelancers and casual contributors, provide a free news service for Australia’s 450 community radio stations, and help tackle misinformation on COVID-19, including on social media.
Funding Opportunity The IWMF Emergency Fund is sustained with the support of individual donors to address the growing need to provide direct assistance to women journalists who are suffering as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Deadline: Rolling basis
Job Opportunity The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) seeks a Program Assistant to join the Center for International Media Assistance (CIMA) team. The position is full-time and based in Washington, D.C.
Deadline: 26 April 2020
Funding Opportunity The Association of Independents in Radio (AIR) is organising a hardship fund for freelance workers experiencing economic hardship. The Fund provides emergency relief to the professional audio community impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Deadline: 30 April 2020
Job Opportunity The Global Network Initiative (GNI) is seeking an energetic and engaged Operations Associate. This is an entry-level position based in Washington, DC, focused on administrative and operational duties, with competitive compensation and benefits for a nonprofit organisation.
The COVID-19 outbreak has been accompanied by a surge in misinformation, disinformation, and, in some countries, government censorship, at a time when access to factual and timely information has never been so important. Annie Game, Executive Director of IFEX, urges human rights defenders to keep their eyes on the ball during the pandemic.