English translation by community member PilarAlbisu.
Infocongo.org is a geo-journalism platform covering Central Africa. It was started by the Earth Journalism Network (EJN), a program belonging to the NGO Internews. Launched in August 2015, the initiative’s goal is to identify local and international reporters that cover the region’s main issues. Our key objective is to highlight the impacts of climate change, fauna, the extractive industries, conflicts and crimes. As a geo-journalism project, InfoCongo uses geo-referencing information, cartography and data visualization techniques to report facts.
What is an InfoCongo In-depth Report?
As an InfoCongo initiative, we have put in place a funding program extending 3 years, the goal of which is to help journalists better report the facts in the region. Over the next three years, we will launch 2 offers a year, and receive propositions from reporters residing in the countries of the Bassin region of the Congo, as well as media professionals of other nationalities who are interested or who already work in the region. The total amount of funding may reach up to USD $15,000, and we are open to receiving the support of other non-profit organizations to increase these funds. Currently, our primary donor is the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
What Expenses will be Covered?
InfoCongo will assume the fees for the reporter’s salary, as well as the web developer’s, the photographers’ and the video producers’. Travel expenditures, as well as those relating to fact-checking and/or database access and translation of papers into English from other main local languages, may also be covered. Expenses such as administrative or equipment fees will not be covered.
What is the Maximum Amount Available?
The application will be redirected to an amount of approximately 3,500 of the total approved articles at that moment. Ideally, we would finance propositions varying from $USD 500-1,500.
Who is Eligible?
The candidates must work as journalists or study in a journalism program, and their responsibilities must not include any public relations duties in the subjects covered under their reports. We welcome propositions from independent journalists as well as those working in traditional media (large or small). In this particular case, the reports will be published on the InfoCongo website as well as the media where the journalists work.
The candidates must be based in the countries of the Bassin region of the Congo and/or demonstrate that the impact of their report on their audiences will positively influence development in the Bassin region of the Congo.
What Kind of Articles can we Finance?
The articles must correspond to the subjects addressed by Infocongo.org and pertain to the countries of the region (see http:/infocongo.org). A preference will be given to reports focusing on different angles and impacts, both regional and cross-border. Subjects for potential reports can include:
-The illegal exploitation and trade of wildlife and forest resources in the Bassin region of the Congo; -The human costs of the conflicts regarding forestry and conservation in general; -Reports on climate change and the forest -The social and environmental costs and benefits of development projects (specifically national and international) such as dams, mines, industrial zones, ports, petrol and gas projects, road infrastructures and commercial land and forestry concessions; -An evaluation of the environmental impact, as well as responsible policies and investment practices and other social and environmental safeguards; -Positive reports highlighting the best practices of regional development projects and their policies and [other] practices.
Application and Approval
Applications will be received between January and February 2016. InfoCongo will make a decision in the thirty days following the deadline. An agreement will be signed with Earth Journalism Network, and Internews will ask journalists to commit to publishing the reports in their own media. The type of agreement issued will have a fixed cost, and payments will only be made to candidates after having validated them on the basis of deliverables. If necessary, we can supply a journalism coach.
As part of the application process, you will need to submit a detailed budget estimating the costs required of InfoCongo and how the funds will be used. The budget will be reviewed for eligibility and reasonableness.
For more information and how to apply, please see the link.