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R. James Travers Foreign Corresponding Fellowship (deadline Nov. 15, 2011)
The R. James Travers Foreign Corresponding Fellowship was created by friends and colleagues of the late Jim Travers to honour his legacy of critical, conscientious engagement on global issues and Canadian foreign policy by funding a major international reporting project in any medium every year.
Travers worked as the Southam News correspondent in Africa and the Middle East during the 1980s, covering major stories from Apartheid in South Africa and the Ethiopian famine to the conflict in Lebanon and the Iran-Iraq war. Returning to Canada, he continued an influential career as General Manager of Southam News, Editor of the Ottawa Citizen, Executive Managing Editor of the Toronto Star, and finally as an award-winning national affairs columnist known for his compassion and playful wit.
At home and abroad, he had a sharp eye for world news and its domestic implications, and was concerned by the lack of in-depth international coverage in the Canadian media. The Fellowship aims to help fill this void and support those hoping to work in Travers’ tradition.
Applicants with imaginative, innovative perspectives on a wide range of global issues are encouraged to apply.
A $25,000 award for one year, administered by Carleton University. It is intended to cover the costs of travel, hired equipment and help (photographers, fixers, etc.), and time spent researching, reporting and producing a significant project. The award will not cover the purchase of equipment. Successful applicants are expected to focus exclusively on the fellowship during the period outlined in their proposals and to complete the project by the end of the calendar year in which its awarded.
Publication and / or broadcast of fellowship work will be accompanied by an appropriate credit citing financial support from the R. James Travers Foreign Corresponding Fellowship. While published work shall remain the property of the fellow, Carleton University reserves the right to use completed projects to promote the fellowship.
Fellows are also required, upon completion of their project, to submit reflections for use on the fellowship website.
The fellowship is open to Canadians and non-Canadians holding valid work permits who are working as freelance or full-time journalists in any medium. Students enrolled in graduate-level journalism or equivalent programs are also encouraged to apply.
Applicants must agree to abide by the ethics guidelines of the Canadian Association of Journalists and the ethics policy of the Carleton School of Journalism and Communication http://www1.carleton.ca/journalism/ccms/wp-content/ccms-files/EthicsPolicy.pdf
How to Apply
Applicants should compile a package that includes:
· A 750-word story pitch demonstrating command of and insight into the proposed subject area, and touching upon its relevance to a Canadian audience and potential impact on public policy. Proposals dealing with a wide-range of global topics will be considered. Applicants should clearly indicate any current or potential institutional partners associated with the proposal. They should also indicate which medium(s) they intend to work within.
· A one page reporting plan outlining how the work will be researched, produced and published within the calendar year
· A letter from a credible media outlet expressing interest in publishing or broadcasting the finished project
· A detailed budget indicating how the award will be used
· Up to 5 clips or writing samples. Radio, television, and digital media applicants may submit clips in their respective medium
· Curriculum Vitae
· Letters of reference: Applicants are encouraged to include up to three professional letters of reference from a supervising editor familiar with their work. Students must also include a letter of reference from a faculty member speaking to their capacity and preparedness to successfully undertake the project
Please email your application to: firstname.lastname@example.org
November 15, 2011
Fellows will be chosen by an award committee comprised of faculty members from the Carleton University School of Journalism and Communication, the Travers family and a senior journalist. Committee members will give preference to:
· Applicants with an impressive record of achievement commensurate with the stage of their career, as demonstrated by published work of distinction or evidence of significant potential to excel
· Applicants demonstrating a capacity for insightful, independent analysis and creative storytelling
· Proposals that show a strong consideration for social, political or economic justice and that have potential to impact Canadian public policy
· Proposals that address topics relevant to a Canadian audience
· Proposals with a concrete strategy for dissemination and publication, including plans to engage audiences online prior to publication
The fellowship award will be announced by March 2012.