The International Center for Journalists is partnering with the Eleanor Crook Foundation to launch a new reporting fellowship program. This program will help journalists in the U.S. and elsewhere gain a better understanding of COVID-19’s impacts on global nutrition and health issues. The pandemic is having a major impact on a range of salient health issues and the socioeconomic ramifications are significant.
This program seeks to educate journalists, amplify nutrition and related health issues, and draw the attention of pertinent stakeholders, including policymakers.
The Global Nutrition and Food Security Reporting Fellowship falls under the penumbra of ICFJ’s Global Health Crisis Reporting Forum.
The fellowship program seeks to raise the profile of health and food security issues in the U.S. and elsewhere. It will kick off with four webinars on health- and nutrition-related issues. Participants will be encouraged to produce stories based on lessons learned during the webinars.
At the conclusion of the webinar series, ICFJ will implement subsequent program phases, including:
- A reporting contest, with cash prizes for the top three participants,
- U.S. and international reporters team to pitch joint reporting projects,
- A team-building and planning webinar for 40 selected journalists,
- Selection of eight to 10 of the proposed reporting projects for funding and mentorship.
The reporting project component will last three months and includes monthly stipends and the possibility to travel as the pandemic eases.
At the end of the program, ICFJ will create an online compendium of the best work that has been produced.