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EJN Our Say Step-Up Video Storytelling Fellowship 2023 | Grants

EJN Our Say Step-Up Video Storytelling Fellowship 2023 | Grants

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Applications are open for the EJN Our Mekong, Our Say Step-Up Video Storytelling Fellowship 2023. Internews’ Earth Journalism Network launches the Our Mekong, Our Say Step-up Video Storytelling Fellowship with the aim to train content producers from the Lower Mekong countries to tell impactful visual stories about natural resources governance. This activity is conducted in collaboration with World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)

They aim to select 25 Fellows from the Lower Mekong countries, who will get to learn the skills of effective video storytelling. During the Fellowship, they will learn how to strengthen human-interest angles and how to use effective mobile phone tools to produce engaging videos. Fellows will also deepen their knowledge of natural resource issues in the Mekong region.

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Fellowship Details

Two sets of training will be organized in early June:

  • An online training delivered in English, with Burmese language interpretation support, targeting 15 content producers from across the Mekong region, and
  • An in-person training to be held in Bangkok, targeting 10 Thai-speaking participants.

Following the training, participants will be invited to pitch video story ideas that examine the challenges in Mekong natural resource management and their impacts on local communities and natural habitats. Applicants will also be encouraged to report on local initiatives that demonstrate resilience in the face of these challenges.

Benefits from Video Storytelling Fellowship

  • They will select the 10 best story ideas and award these applicants with grants of USD $2,500 each to produce their proposed video.
  • Grantees will also be mentored by experienced video journalists. These videos will be screened at select venues or community areas to showcase the Fellowship’s outcomes and raise public awareness about natural resources governance.

Eligibility for Video Storytelling Fellowship

  • Open to applicants from five Mekong countries: Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam. Applicants from Thailand will join the in-person training tentatively held in Bangkok or a province in Thailand. Fellows from the rest of the countries will be placed in the virtual training.
  • This opportunity is open to citizen journalists, professional journalists, bloggers/vloggers and social media content producers who have basic skills in video making and would like to improve their video storytelling skills and report on Mekong’s natural resources governance issues. Participants must have video shooting and editing equipment (including mobile phone or camera) as this Fellowship won’t fund equipment purchases.
  • This Fellowship is not for beginners, but rather for participants who already have some basic shooting skills and equipment and want to upgrade their skills in advanced storytelling, editing, and sequencing techniques.
  • Fellows must commit to supporting the screening events in collaboration with other grantees and EJN.
  • EJN reserves the right to disqualify applicants from consideration if they have been found to have engaged in unethical or improper professional conduct.

Judging Criteria

These are the qualifications they are looking for from the applicants:

  • Applicants must have basic video shooting and editing skills.
  • Applicants must have video shooting and editing equipment necessary for practice in the training sessions and to produce a video if awarded a grant. Both mobile phones and DSL cameras are acceptable.
  • Applicants must demonstrate their motivation and interest to tell stories areas about natural resource governance in the Mekong region, although they don’t need to demonstrate experience in reporting on this issue. Experience in reporting on the environment is a plus.
  • Applicants must bring video story ideas to the training and be ready to move forward with the financial and mentorship support they receive under the Fellowship.

Commitment for Video Storytelling Fellowship

  • The Fellows must commit to participate in the entirety of training every day and submit their assignments by the deadline set by the trainers.
  • Those receiving the video story grants must commit to joining the mentoring session with the trainers, likely for 1-2 hours a week. They must also complete and broadcast their videos by 30 September, and work in a team to organize community screening with their other grantees and the EJN team.
  • They expect the length of the video to be no more than 10 minutes, and of decent quality. English subtitles will be required for videos selected for the screening targeting multi-national audiences.
  • Lastly, The inability to honor this commitment, without reasonable justification, will likely lead to the revocation of grants.

Application of Video Storytelling Fellowship

The training is scheduled for June 2023. The virtual training will last six days (half-day for sessions with trainers and a half-day for assignments and practice) and run 2-3 days a week. The in-person training will be run for three days in a training venue in Thailand.

Fellows awarded the story grants will produce videos under trainers’ guidance and mentorship from July to September 2023. Lastly, Local community screenings will be held from October to November.

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Lastly, It is important to visit the official website link found below to access the application form.

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Type of Opportunity Scholarships and Fellowships
Deadline06 April,2023
Open toAll
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