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Journalism awards and grants

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Lyra McKee Bursary Scheme 2021

Deadline: 4 April 2021

Details: The CIJ Lyra McKee Investigative Journalism Training Bursary Scheme was established in memory of a young and courageous Irish investigative journalist Lyra McKee, who was shot dead by dissident republicans in Derry in April 2019.

The aim of this six months bursary scheme is to train and mentor people from underprivileged backgrounds, who aspire to become journalists or who are at the very early stages of their journalism career.

Venue: Online

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The Private Eye Paul Foot Award 2021

Deadline: 1 April 2021

Details: Entries are now open for The Private Eye Paul Foot Award for Investigative and Campaigning Journalism. Set up in memory of revered journalist Paul Foot, who died in 2004, the Award honours the UK’s most brilliant, talented and determined journalists working in the fields of investigative and campaigning journalism today.

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PPA Awards 2021

Deadline: 1 March 2021

Details: As we look back on 2020, we want to celebrate and recognise the achievements of the UK publishing industry during such a monumental year. This year, it is more important than ever to celebrate the resilience, ingenuity and perseverance that forms the fabric of our industry. With 23 categories to choose from, there is something for everyone to enter.

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The Georgina Henry Award for Digital Innovation

Deadline: 1 March 2021

Details: Details: Women in Journalism (WiJ) is proud to support the brightest new ideas with a £4,000 annual prize. The prize is used to support an initiative by the applicant. Applicants can be can any age, working in either print or multimedia and the winner will also join the WiJ committee, and be an honorary Women in Journalism Fellow.

Judges look for a flair for storytelling, as well as evidence of innovation or impact as well an identifiable voice and understanding for a specific subject.

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News Leader of the Year Award

Deadline: 19 February 2021

Details: This award recognises an editor or team of editors who have displayed strong leadership in matching the extraordinary moment of an unprecedented year through great journalism and vital decision making on all fronts.

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AOP Digital Publishing Awards

Deadline: 6 May 2021

Details: Throughout 2020, amidst a global crisis, digital publishers created engaging content, built audiences, grew revenue streams, and delivered new innovations around product and processes – across news, consumer interest, and B2B. Now is the time to celebrate those achievements: enter the AOP Awards to shine the spotlight on the individuals and teams in your organisation who have been making the difference.

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Press Freedom Accountability Project grant funding

Deadline: Rolling basis

Details: The U.S. Press Freedom Accountability Project, funded by The Committee to Protect Journalists in collaboration with the News Leaders Association, is providing grants between $2,000 and $5,000 for newsrooms reporting on threats to journalists in the US with a priority to pieces that can be published in one to three months.

Venue: Online

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Rory Peck Trust Covid-19 Hardship Fund

Deadline: Rolling basis

Details: During this global crisis, the Rory Peck Trust has created an extraordinary fund to provide practical and financial support to freelance journalists whose work and livelihoods have been affected by covid-19. Successful applicants will receive a single grant of between £200-£500 to contribute to subsistence (home/food) costs for them and their dependents.

Venue: Online

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Judith Neilson Institute Grant

Deadline: Rolling basis

Details: The Institute’s grants provide journalists and media organisations with the resources they need to produce quality journalism. We help them cover wide-ranging topics and under-reported issues and enable them to test approaches to reach new audiences.

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Fund for Investigative Journalism

Deadline: Rolling basis

Details: The Fund for Investigative Journalism (FIJ) is unveiling a new effort to provide immediate emergency grants to U.S.-based freelance investigative journalists working on stories on the coronavirus that break new ground and expose wrongdoing in the public or private sector.

Venue: Online

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International Women's Media Foundation Covid-19 Relief Fund

Deadline: Rolling basis

Details: During the covid-19 pandemic, the IWMF is turning our attention to how we may best serve our community of women journalists at this unprecedented moment in history. Based on early, anecdotal evidence of cancelled assignments, lost income and an inability to pay essential living expenses, we anticipate a great need for support within our global network of journalists – especially among freelancers with no safety net.

Venue: Online

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Covid-19 Emergency Fund for Journalists

Deadline: Rolling basis

Details: As covid-19 continues to evolve and impact communities around the globe, the National Geographic Society is launching an emergency fund for journalists all over the world who wish to cover covid-19 within their own communities.

Venue: Online

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Rainforest Journalism Fund

Deadline: Rolling basis

Details: The Pulitzer Center invites proposals for grants to journalists based in countries of the Amazon region reporting for local and regional outlets. Reporters can be working in English, Portuguese, or Spanish.

Venue: Online

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Call for Proposals: Renewing Democracy

Deadline: Rolling basis

Details: Solutions Journalism Network will provide more than 100 grants through 2020 to reporters and news organisations to support stories, projects and collaborations that examine how communities are responding to problems such as voter suppression, the opioid crisis, criminal justice reform and disinformation.

Venue: Online

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