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Advancing Media Literacy of Regional Journalists (Colombia)

Organisation: U.S. Department of State

Status: Closed

  • Grant
  • Media literacy

Funding Size: $50,000 to $70,000

Deadline: 15/06/2023

  • Eligibility Criteria:
    The following organizations are eligible to apply:
    – Not-for-profit organizations, including think tanks and civil society/non-governmental organizations;
    – Private and public educational institutions;
    – Individuals; and
    – Private and public educational institutions
  • Type of funding: Programmatic
  • Target country: Colombia
  • Application language: English

The Public Diplomacy Section of the U.S. Embassy Bogota announces an open competition for organizations to submit applications to carry out a program that supports advancing media and information literacy competencies of Colombian journalists.

Proposed projects will work with an audience of 75 established communication professionals. Programs should seek to include groups that can bring perspectives based on their religion, gender, disability, race, ethnicity, and/or sexual orientation and gender identity. PDS Bogota’s preference is to avoid duplicating past efforts by supporting new and creative approaches.

Examples of activities included in potentially successful proposals in advancing media literacy could include, but are not limited to:

• Conduct five in-person training courses to increase Colombian journalists’ and media professionals’ capacity and professionalism, media literacy, fact-checking, and verification of credible sources, in the geographic regional areas identified above. Ideally, the five trainings would take place once each in the following locations: Cali, Medellin, Cucuta, Barranquilla, and Bogota.

• Provide training that promotes the development of innovative technologies or solutions to strengthening media literacy and/or unmasking misinformation/disinformation (i.e., tools that support easy fact-checking or the identification of disinformation and misinformation.)

• Provide training on skills and technology to enable journalists to find, evaluate, organize, create, and communicate information.

• Engage Colombian and U.S. trainers, consultants, and experts at all levels of the program, to design and implement trainings and workshops, and provide post-training support to enlisted organizations.

• Provide digital training materials and a website with resources to be made available online to raise public awareness.

See here to learn more and apply.

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