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Online Training Program reporting on COVID-19 Pandemic, Immunization, and Vaccination - Asia and Pacific Region

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Posted July 20, 2021 from Brazil
Expired on July 24, 2021
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The Thomson Reuters Foundation (TRF) logo

The Thomson Reuters Foundation (TRF) and the Asian Development Bank are offering an online training program for journalists from Asia and the Pacific region to help them report more confidently and accurately on complex social and economic development issues, specifically on the COVID-19 pandemic, immunization, and vaccination.

The program will also provide data analysis and data visualization skills training to help journalists create more engaging and accessible content and communicate facts and figures clearly and accurately.

This training aims to meet the need for factual, reliable, and trusted news through strengthening journalists’ ability to report on COVID-19 and helping them identify, research, and deliver clear, concise, and accurate stories.

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Applicants must:
1. Be nationals of developing member countries of ADB;
2. Be able to demonstrate a commitment to a career in journalism in their country with a minimum of two years’ professional experience;
3. Have a good level of spoken and written English;
4. If they are not full-time members of staff, applicants should be able to demonstrate considerable experience as a freelancer, including very recent publications with client organizations;
5. Have access to reliable internet capable of providing multiple hours of video calls;
6. Have access to a computer from which to attend the training.

This training will assist journalists to:
a) Deepen their scientific understanding of the COVID-19 virus, immunization, and vaccines;
b) Deepen their understanding of the causes of vaccine hesitancy and of vaccine inequity;
c) Use the principles of Reuters journalism to cover the pandemic accurately, objectively, and accessibly for target audiences;
d) Develop editorial responses to pandemic-related misinformation and disinformation;
e) Access subject matter experts to generate story ideas and deepen technical skills;
f) Prepare pitches for national and international news outlets
Improve their ability to capture and visualize data about the pandemic.

Participants will meet for four hours per day for five consecutive days to complete core training activities. They will also be expected to conduct independent research and group interactions via an online forum.

The training will be delivered in English to two cohorts on the weeks of:
• 16-20 August 2021 and
• 23-27 August 2021.

Application deadline: 25 July 2021.

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Ana Isabel Paraguay
Jul 20
Jul 20

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• what they have in common, and
• how you can think ahead / plan to apply = increase your chances of success!
2. Gather or update paperwork (certificates, attests, statements, resumes, etc.) and information usually required by calls such this one;
3. Write - baby steps... - and discuss a project draft, to validate within your group the priorities of the proposal(s) and to train your grant writing skills as well;
4. Do not wait to find a call and then start writing your proposal / project. Start NOW!
5. Do visit regularly the World Pulse website to make customized searches for grant opportunities. How?
a) Click on the Menu (left upper corner);
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c) Click on Filters;
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e) Browse the results (opportunities) that will show up, by chronological order of posting;
6. Spread the word about your failures and achievements in grant requests. Yes, tell these stories too... They will enlighten and inspire your network;
7. Share the opportunities that do not apply to you but can interest others;
8. Instead of copying this posting in order to share it, please forward the link of this page. Hence more people will get to know World Pulse, this website and/or its Resource section.
Best regards,
Ana Isabel

Jill Langhus
Jul 21
Jul 21

Thanks, Ana.