AWARD CRITERIA AND APPLICATION PROCEDURE
FOR INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING GRANTS
April 3, 2014
These grants aim to ensure that high quality investigative stories about the extractive sectors of oil, gas, and mining are reported consistently by the Ghanaian media and that they generate constructive public debate and action by people in position to cause change. The grants will fund individual journalists, selected through a competitive process, to pursue promising ideas and produce compelling stories using applicable journalistic tools, techniques, and resources.
A selection panel of seasoned journalists will evaluate story proposals that hold promise in terms of:
Interested journalists may apply for the equivalent of up US$ 1,000 in Ghana Cedis for one story proposal at a time. In exceptional cases, journalists with ambitious but tenable proposals may be allocated grants above the ceiling for a single application.
APPLICATION CYCLE AND STORY DEADLINES (2014):
Applications for the first round of grants will be received from April 15 to April 30. Grants for the successful applicants in this round will be awarded on May 15 and the stories will be due by July 15. Applications for the second round of grants will be received from August 1 to August 15. Grants for the successful applicants in this round will be awarded on August 30 and the stories will be due by October 30.
To apply, write to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com with the following:
1. A concise proposal of not more than two pages stating the specific issue or subject you wish to investigate and the justification for pursuing the story.
2. An estimated budget which, for example, itemizes your anticipated expenses such as travel, accommodation, meals and incidentals, research, telephone, internet, printing and photocopying, etc.
3. A work plan detailing the steps and timeline you will follow from start to submission of the completed story to your editor or editorial supervisor.
4. A signed endorsement letter from your editor or editorial supervisor approving the story proposal and supporting the assignment if the application is successful. A standard letter will be provided for this purpose. You are required – and it is your responsibility – to present your story proposal to your editor or editorial supervisor for approval prior to submitting the application.
POINTS TO NOTE:
The goal of the Revenue Watch Institute-Natural Resource Charter capacity development program for journalists in Ghana and other countries is effective and consistent oversight by the media of extractive resources and revenues, contributing to their improved use for the public good. Journalists can fulfill their oversight role only through informed analysis and reporting, high quality and thoughtful comment, and investigative efforts. In turn, this requires solid reporting skills, understanding technical issues, and access to information and experts. Since 2010, RWI-NRC has run the program in partnership with Penplusbytes.
STAR-Ghana is supporting the training program to consolidate and sustain its results and gains of the last three years. Within the context of increasing accountability and responsiveness of government, traditional authorities, and private enterprises to Ghanaian citizens, STAR-Ghana aims to increase the influence of civil society organizations, parliament, and the media in the governance of public goods and service delivery.
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