This is one in a series of blog posts from the MJ Bear Fellows, three journalists under 30 selected each year who are expanding the boundaries of digital news. Applications for the 2017 MJ Bear Fellowship are now open – you can learn more here.
For perpetually cash-strapped journalists, the ability to find opportunities for funding or fellowships is a necessity. But with the dizzying array of information the Internet presents, it’s easy to feel lost, as I did when I aimlessly searched on Google a few years back and got millions of results. While I still have miles to go to master the art of maneuvering the search for global opportunities, I have come across the following sites that I think will be particularly useful, especially for journalists new to the field.
This list is by no means exhaustive. I’m writing this post as part of ONA’s MJ Bear Fellowship program, and ONA offers numerous other programs. I’ve also excluded many stand-alone opportunities such as the Nieman Fellowship or the World Press Institute fellowship, as I have only included platforms that aggregate opportunities and are free.
International Journalists’ Network (IJNet)
The International Center for Journalists’ IJNet is one of the best websites I have come across that lists opportunities for journalists – jobs, fellowships, grants, webinars, competitions, conferences, you name it. They produce a succinct newsletter that sorts opportunities by regions – Africa, Asia, Europe and North America – making it incredibly easy to stay abreast of global journalism offerings. I highly recommend you subscribe!
Earth Journalism Network (EJN)
Developed by Internews, EJN is an excellent resource for journalists for developing nations, providing trainings, small grants and access to a network of over 8,000 journalists worldwide. Through this website, I got to know of the Climate Change Media Partnership Fellowship for the international climate change conference COP 22, which provided me a full ride to report on the conference from Morocco last year.
Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN)
While specifically targeted to investigative journalists, the GIJN website provides an amazing collection of resources for free, including list of awards, data journalism books and opportunities to attend the Global Investigative Journalism Conference where journalism pundits and innovators converge.
Thomson Reuters Foundation
This prestigious media organization’s foundation lists a lot of free guides, handbooks and tip sheets on reporting. It also lists training opportunities, which are very competitive, as you will be exposed to some of the best journalism gurus and top-notch training sessions, as well as prospects for funding your story ideas. I had the privilege of being selected as one of 10 international journalists for their fully-funded residential training titled “Uncovering Security: Emerging Threats.” The training was held in a spellbinding venue, Wilton Park’s Wiston House of England.
A product of my country, Bangladesh, this user-friendly website justifiably gets millions of hits from youth around the world, as it is one of the most comprehensive databases of capacity-building opportunities for young people. While it is not targeted specifically for journalists alone, this website, now available as a free app on the Google Play store, lists a plethora of higher education fellowships, conference scholarships, seminars, internships and exchange programs that journalists can benefit from.
As new websites and opportunities keep popping up everyday, I encourage you all to keep browsing. Happy Googling!