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COVID-19 Emergency Fund for Journalists

Grants to USA, Canada, and International Journalists for
Local Reporting on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak

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National Geographic Society

Deadline Date:

08/15/21 11:59 PM (EDT)

Description:

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Grants of up to $8,000 to USA, Canada, and International journalists for local reporting on the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Reporting that covers social, emotional, economic, and equity issues, in addition to the medical and physical impact of COVID-19 is especially encouraged. Funding is intended for writers, photographers, videographers, audio journalists, cartographers, filmmakers, and data visualization experts.

Journalists should seek placement of this work within their local media ecosystems and must attribute their support to the National Geographic Society’s Emergency Fund for Journalists. However, you do not need to submit any formal commitments of publication or letters of support from editors or publishers. National Geographic Society or National Geographic Partners may also choose to publish some of this work as part of its global coverage. 

As COVID-19 continues to evolve and impact communities around the globe, the National Geographic Society is launching an emergency fund for journalists all over the world who wish to cover COVID-19 within their own communities. This fund will place particular emphasis on delivering news to underserved populations, particularly where there is a dearth of evidence-based information getting to those who need it. The National Geographic Society is interested in local and even hyper-local distribution models. This fund is designed to quickly deliver support so that both individual stories and longer series of content may be created. 

The fund will distribute support for local coverage of the preparation, response, and impact of this global pandemic as seen through evidence-based reporting. Narratives around the pandemic necessarily include facts and numbers, but ultimately, must also go deeper—telling the stories of inequities that COVID-19 has brought to light.

Reporting may cover any aspect of the virus and its fallout, including but not limited to: 

  • Social consequences of COVID-19 and measures to contain it, particularly related to equity—such as its impact on immigrant communities, domestic violence, and early childhood education. 
  • Stories of resilience and solutions that could be applied on a regional or global scale.
  • Novel forms of data visualization or science communication to help communities better understand how to protect themselves.
  • Lessons learned from local response(s) to COVID-19 that could be applied to other large-scale challenges, such as climate change or the refugee crisis. 
  • Best practices of how educators, students, and schools are reacting to this crisis, particularly as they illuminate under-resourced schools. 

Priority communities include: Those at high risk or hit especially hard by the virus, indigenous communities, immigrant or refugee communities, underserved, urban, rural, elderly populations, and children. 

Applicants may use up to 100 percent of their budget as personal reimbursement for their reporting time.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 188774

Estimated Size of Grant:

The fund will distribute support ranging from $1,000–8,000 USD.

Term of Contract:

Normally projects should start six months after the application submission but for this fund, immediate start dates are acceptable.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

National Geographic seeks writers, photographers, videographers, audio journalists, cartographers, filmmakers, and data visualization experts to apply for this funding.

All application materials must be in English, and journalists must be at least 18 years old at the time they submit an application.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications will be accepted through 11:59 pm EDT August 15, 2021. All applicants will receive a funding decision by October 1, 2021.

Applicants are asked to estimate their standard fee for reporting on or creating content. All budget line items must include written justification in the provided template.

Recipients of this funding are asked to prioritize the health of yourselves and the communities in which you work. Many journalists are accustomed to putting themselves in harm’s way in pursuit of a story. You are asked to not only consider all precautions to protect yourself, but that of the people you are covering as well. Please follow local, regional, and national guidelines in terms of access for accredited journalists in your region. This guide provides advice for visual and other journalists: https://www.everydayprojects.org/covid19-guide-for-visual-journalists

All reporting must be fact-based and accurate. For the best and most up to date COVID-19 resources, see below:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

World Health Organization - https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

Johns Hopkins Map of COVID-19 Cases - https://www.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/bda7594740fd40299423467b48e9ecf6

The COVID-19 AP Style Guide - https://www.apstylebook.com/topical_most_recent

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply Online:
https://fellowships.nationalgeographic.org/s/sfdcpage/%2Fapex%2FFGM_Portal__CommunityCampaign%3Fid%3D7013p000001TtPO%26isdtp%3Dp1

Contact form:
https://support.nationalgeographic.org/s/contactsupport

National Geographic Headquarters
1145 17th Street NW
Washington, DC 20036

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