Reporting Grant 2020
Do you have a story that needs to be told? You’ve come to the right place. zenith magazine is announcing in partnership with Candid Foundation a new stipend program, supported by the Federal Foreign Office of Germany. We are calling for stories to be pitched that demonstrate a clear connection to one of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals. There are no limitations regarding the subject of your story, but your pitch will be evaluated with the following criteria in mind:
- The topic is urgent, underreported and of importance to a wider audience
- Our jury must be satisfied that candidates can deliver their story
- The ethics of good journalism must not be violated
Additionally, we require all potential grantees to provide written and audio documentation of their research for the story. This is not only to verify key elements of the story, but also so that this research material can be used as the basis for a podcast to showcase how journalistic work can be undertaken.
Eligible are only journalists from the following countries:
Syria | Algeria | Egypt | Iraq | Jordan | Lebanon | Libya | Morocco | Palestinian Territories | Tunisia | Yemen
We are looking for a candidates with several years of professional experience, a track record in investigative journalism and a proven history of well-researched publications. Both freelancers and colleagues on fixed contracts are invited to apply. You have to be at least 18 years old and we strongly encourage female journalists to submit an application.
We will award 20 stipends in total, each of which is worth 3,500 EUR. Every candidate will need to provide evidence of what they intend to spend the money on. Journalists can apply as individuals or in a collaboration partnership, in which case the lump sum will be split between the two candidates.
The application phase ran from 16 February until 14 March 2020 and is now closed. Within a reasonable timeframe, our jury will then decide which candidate will be awarded a stipend.
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Daniel Gerlach (Germany)
Daniel Gerlach is the editor-in-chief of zenith magazine and director general of the Candid Foundation in Berlin, Germany. Gerlach is an author and frequent media contributor who has also written and directed numerous documentaries on the Middle East. He also heads the research and consulting group zenithCouncil.
Rawan Damen (Jordan)
Rawan Damen is the director general of Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism (ARIJ) and based in Amman, Jordan. Damen is a journalist, filmmaker and media consultant with over 20 years of experience. She specialises in media coaching and management as well as TV and digital production.
Haythem El Mekki (Tunisia)
Haythem El Mekki is a blogger and television journalist from Tunisia. El Mekki hosts a daily radio show on Mosaique FM, which has a substantial following throughout the country. He has also contributed to several international media outlets.
Lina Sinjab (Syria)
Lina Sinjab is a writer, journalist and filmmaker who has covered the Middle East for over a decade. She currently serves as the BBC Middle East Correspondent in Beirut. She was previously the BBC World Service’s Arab Affairs Editor, and has reported extensively on the conflicts in Syria, Libya and Yemen.
Fatemah Farag (Egypt)
Fatemah Farag is a media educator and founding director of Welad Elbalad, a network of local news outlets across Egypt. She is also the MENA Director for WAN-IFRA’s Women in News Program. Farag was previously the founding editor-in-chief of Al-Masry Al-Youm’s English edition.