Applications are open for the Fully Funded WHO/ICFJ Fellowship 2019 in Durban, South Africa. According to the latest estimates from the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 320,000 people died in 2016 as a result of drowning, making it one of the deadliest public health threats in the world. In many countries drowning is the leading cause of death after one year of age, and is also frequently the leading cause of death for children between 5-14 years old. More than 90% of drowning deaths occur in low-and middle-income countries.
WHO/ICFJ Fellowship 2019 will recruit 10 journalists for the Drowning Prevention 2019 Reporting Fellowship taking place in Durban, South Africa. The selected fellows will have the opportunity to deepen their understanding of drowning prevention and hone the journalism skills needed to cover this often underreported and misunderstood topic by participating in a two-day workshop ahead of the 2019 World Conference on Drowning Prevention. After the workshop, fellows will have the opportunity to attend conference sessions and to meet and interview leading global experts on drowning prevention to help inform their reporting.
Apply to the Fellowship
WHO/ICFJ Fellowship 2019 invites journalists from around the world to apply for the Drowning Prevention 2019 Reporting Fellowship. The fellowship will include a workshop prior to the conference on Oct. 6-7, 2019 and attendance at the conference sessions on Oct. 8-10, 2019.
During the interactive workshop, ICFJ trainers and WHO technical experts will provide an overview on different aspects of drowning prevention. Trainers will also work with fellows on strengthening the fellows’ reporting skills, using the lens of solutions journalism with a particular focus on tracking down data from different sources, creating data-driven reports, and developing visualizations to engage audiences.
The Drowning Prevention 2019 Reporting Fellowship will cover all fellowship-related costs, including travel to the conference, accommodations, emergency insurance, meals and registration.
Selection will be based on the journalists’ professional qualifications, relevant experiences such as demonstrated interest in the topic of drowning prevention and those interested in developing their data reporting skills in service of public health journalism, English-language proficiency, and endorsement by a newsroom manager.