14 February 2011
In this update:
- Radio for Peacebuilding Africa Awards 2011: the competition is now open! Deadline 25 March 2011.
- Professional Opportunities:
- Ruth First Fellowship in South Africa. Deadline 20 February 2011.
- 2011 Commonwealth Short Story Competition. Deadline 1 March 2011.
- Job Opportunity:
- Internews Network seeks a community radio resident journalism advisor in Sudan.
- The Commonwealth Broadcasting Association presents “Editorial Guidelines,” by Mary Raine.
The competition for the Radio for Peacebuilding Africa Awards 2011 is now open for submissions!
The RFPA Awards recognise the best radio programmes that contribute to peace in Africa. The RFPA Awards particularly celebrate radio programmes that help to reduce group and community tensions, that enhance and give value to shared interests, that break down listener stereotypes, and/or that provide positive role models.
The 2011 Awards are open to all African radio broadcasters, both men and women. Prizes will be awarded in the following categories:
• RFPA Gender Award;
• RFPA Youth Award; and
• RFPA Jury’s Special Award.
Three prizes will be awarded in each category. The first prize is 500 Euros, the second 250 Euros, and the third 100 Euros. The winning recipients will be honoured at an award ceremony.
Specific entry requirements include:
• Programmes can be in any language spoken on the African continent, but must be accompanied by a translation in either English or French.
• Programmes must be a minimum of 20 minutes in duration.
• Radio programmes must have been broadcast between January 1 and December 31, 2010.
• Participants can submit more than one entry, but each must be sent as a discrete submission.
Each entry must include a complete entry form, a copy of the radio programme, and a translation if necessary. Submissions can be submitted electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to any SFCG Africa Country Office (list available at http://www.sfcg.org/sfcg/sfcg_world.html) or SFCG’s Brussels Office.
All entries must be received by midnight GMT, March 25, 2011.
Previous winning entries are available for listening and download from the audio section of our website www.radiopeaceafrica.org
For more information and to apply, contact the RFPA Team: email@example.com
We wish good luck to all the participants and we look forward to listening to your radio programmes!
The RFPA Team
The Wits University Journalism Programme is inviting applications for the Ruth First Fellowship
The Wits University Journalism Programme and the African Studies Journal are inviting applications for the Ruth First Fellowship. Ruth First was a journalist, activist, and intellectual killed during the apartheid era in South Africa. The 3- to 6-month fellowship for South African residents was established to commemorate her contribution to independent and socially engaged writing.
The fellowship is intended to allow a journalist/writer/researcher the space to pursue an in-depth project to be published in any medium. It should be ground breaking and in keeping with the tradition of Ruth First.
Fellows will receive a monthly stipend and research costs. They will be expected to present their work at a public event within six months of acceptance of the proposal and to submit it for publication/broadcast through an appropriate outlet. The fellows will be based at the Journalism Department at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.
Applicants should submit their CV and a project proposal of no more than two pages to the Ruth First Committee before 20 February 2011.
For more information, visit http://www.journalism.co.za/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1292&Itemid=411
2011 Commonwealth Short Story Competition
Calling all creative writers, old and new! Writers, professional and amateur, who are citizens of a Commonwealth country and aged 19 or over can participate in the 2011 Commonwealth Short Story Competition. To enter the competition, participants are invited to write a short story for radio.
The Commonwealth Short Story Competition is an annual initiative to promote creative writing. It is managed by the Commonwealth Foundation in partnership with the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association.
The winner receives a prize of £2000; there are four regional prizes of £500 each. There will also be two special prizes of £500 each: one for the best short story for children and the other for the best short story about this year’s Commonwealth theme, ‘Women as Agents of Change’.
Entries should be original, unpublished, in English and 600 words or less. The deadline is 1 March 2011.
For more information and the online entry form, visit www.commonwealthfoundation.com/shortstory
Internews Network seeks a community radio resident journalism advisor in Sudan
Internews Network is currently seeking an experienced broadcast professional for the position of Resident Journalism Advisor to be based in Southern Sudan. The position is a roving, field-based position and requires living in communities where stations are operating. It involves providing on-going training and mentoring and building the managerial and journalistic capacity of community radio station staff in remote parts of the region.
The position requires experience in training in small low-tech radio stations preferably in the developing world.
Internews Network is an international media development organization based in the United States and whose mission is to empower local media worldwide to give people the news and information they need, the ability to connect, and the means to make their voices heard.
For more information, visit http://www.internews.org/about/employment/overseas/job_0339o.shtm
Recent Publication! The Commonwealth Broadcasting Association presents Mary Raine’s “Editorial Guidelines”
A recent Commonwealth Broadcasting Association and UNESCO publication contributes to improving the professional skills and practices of a large number of broadcasters.
Mary Raine, the former Radio News Feature Editor for the BBC World Service, shares her expertise in the updated fourth edition of the publication ‘Editorial Guidelines’. These guidelines are designed to help broadcasters adopt good practices that ensure sound coverage by the media, based on freedom of expression principles and respect of pluralism. The publication provides clear guidance on important issues such as basic editorial principles, accuracy, impartiality, election coverage, gender and stereotyping, disaster coverage and war reporting. This updated edition has new sections looking at citizen journalism and social networking sites as tools to enhance journalism.
Publication of this clear, straight-forward resource is supported by The Commonwealth Broadcasting Association and UNESCO Communication and Information Sector.
To read the Editorial Guidelines, visit http://www.cba.org.uk/Resources/publications/documents/Editorial%20Guidlines.pdf
Do you have training material that can be used in the context of radio for peacebuilding that you would like to share with members? Send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. We will put it up on the website for other members in the network to access.
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