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4th Bertha Challenge: An opportunity for Activists and Investigative Journalists

Status: Closed

  • Awards & prizes

Organisation: Bertha Foundation

Deadline: 26/06/2022

  • Eligibility criteria:
    For activists

    – At least five years’ experience working with activists, social movements, grassroots and community organizations, social justice organizations or campaigns.
    – Strong connections to a diverse range of groups working in support of climate and ecological justice in the fellow’s city, country or region including with social movements, community organizations, NGOs, academics, journalists, progressive government officials etc.
    – Experience in developing organizing tools or popular educational products and materials including training courses, publications, pamphlets, films, podcasts, arts, theater productions, etc.
    – Experience in using research, media and the law in advocacy.
    Investigative Journalist Criteria
    – Mid-career journalists with at least five years’ experience, a track record and passion for doing investigative journalism
    – Strong interest and experience in producing work on the Bertha Challenge question and a proven ability to work with affected communities, social movements, community organizations, NGO’s, academics, scientists etc.
    – Investigative journalism and research ability, a comprehensive understanding of the political landscape concerning the subject matter, an understanding of the law(s) and political structures determining policy direction and power
  • Type of funding: Fellowship
  • Target countries: Worldwide
  • Application language: English

The Bertha Foundation is excited to announce the launch of the fourth Bertha Challenge: an opportunity for activists and investigative journalists to spend a year working on one pressing social justice challenge and to deliver a body of work at the end of the Fellowship year.

The fourth Bertha Challenge is calling for activism and investigative journalism projects that will take a sharp and penetrating look at food in all its complexity and interconnectedness.

The Bertha Challenge recognizes that investigative journalists and activists have distinct roles. This Challenge will offer the opportunity to engage with the complexity of the food systems while strengthening relationships through shared work. Bertha Fellows will be expected to explore new ways of working collaboratively and outside their traditional silos while maintaining their integrity and autonomy.

How is the relationship between politics and profit contributing to the degradation and loss of their freshwater and oceans, tar and what can be done to ensure equitable – access and protection of these finite resources for people and planet ?

Successful applicants will receive non-residential paid Fellowships and project budgets to work independently and together to:

  • Investigate the causes of and solutions to the annual Bertha Challenge question
  • Amplify their findings to a wider targeted audience
  • Connect with diverse stakeholders for information, support and sustainable impact

See here to learn more and apply.
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