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U.S. Mission to India: Support for women journalists in countering mis/disinformation in the Indo-Pacific region

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Posted April 6, 2020 from Brazil
Expired on May 14, 2020
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The U.S. Consulate General, Public Affairs Section in Kolkata is soliciting proposals for a program entitled “Support for women journalists in countering mis/disinformation in the Indo-Pacific region”.

Project Goal:
The U.S. and India have a shared responsibility to combat the scourge of misinformation and disinformation for a secure Indo-Pacific region.
This ranges from the promotion of strong norms on professional journalism, supporting investigative journalism, reducing financial incentives for fake news, and improving digital literacy among the general public.
Taken together, these steps would further quality discourse and weaken the environment that has propelled disinformation around the globe.
The importance of partnerships is vital in the fight against fake news and disinformation.
The problem is simply too complex to address any other way.
The proposed workshop will address these issues using the power of media and fact checking with contributions from women journalists who are often targets of online trolling.
The program is an opportunity to explore how Indians and Americans can work together to inform and improve their world and the Indo-Pacific region.

Project Objectives:
a) Fifty to sixty workshop participants will developconcrete strategies to counter disinformationand misinformation in the Indo-Pacific region within 6-8 months of the workshop, as evidenced by collaborative stories/articles published;
b) Journalists will collaborate across borders on reporting issues that are important to their communities and to the U.S. government;
c) The journalists should develop at least digital stories countering disinformation and misinformation that will be shared on Consulate’s social media platforms.

Project Audience:
Female journalists, age 25-45, from India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, and Nepal, with college or university degrees

Project Deliverables:
> Connect and create a group of 50-60 informed women journalists over a two-day workshop.
> Provide a safe platform for the women journalists to discuss the propagation of fake news in their countries.
> The workshop will release (1) white-paper or policy recommendation for media outlets and possibly governments to consider for implementation to counter disinformation and misinformation.
> Regarding Objective 2 above, the applicant will monitor and facilitate generation of the strategy and stories in close coordination with the Consulate press team, which will report on stories/products that the cross-border groups create.

Funding Information:
Award Ceiling: US$120,000. Award Floor: US$100,000.

The following organizations are eligible to apply:
1. Not-for-profit organizations
2. Civil society/non-governmental organizations
3. Think tanks
4. Public and private educational institutions
5. Individuals
6. Public International Organizations and Governmental institutions
7. Organizations may sub-contract with other entities, but only one, non-profit, non-governmental entity can be the prime recipient of the award. When sub-contracting with other entities, the responsibilities of each entity must be clearly defined in the proposal.

Utilize This Offer

In light of the restrictive travel and public gathering environments we face globally due to the COVID-19 situation, the U.S. Mission to India invites interested applicants to submit one or two proposals in response to the reference Notice of Funding Announcement (NOFO).
One proposal may be based on “business as usual” environments, where international travel, large public gatherings, and other programming parameters are unaffected by public health constraints.
A second proposal, which is optional, would describe your ideas on how to execute the desired project goals in a manner that accounts for restrictions on public gatherings and travel, as well as public health concerns. We encourage creative ideas for remote/online content delivery, online/virtual promotional activities, and virtual participant/audience follow-up. If you choose to submit two separate proposals, the associated budget submission may also reflect different costs you would project for these two operating environments.

Cost sharing or matching is not required for this funding opportunity.

Pre-award costs are not an allowable expense for this funding opportunity.

Application End Date: May/15/2020 at 11:59 pm midnight Washington, DC.

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Ana Isabel Paraguay
Apr 06, 2020
Apr 06, 2020

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Aparna Gopan
Apr 08, 2020
Apr 08, 2020

Dear Ana,

This sounds interesting. Where can I find the link to the application form or guidelines on the format of the proposal?


Ana Isabel Paraguay
Apr 08, 2020
Apr 08, 2020

Application End Date: May/15/2020 at 11:59 pm midnight Washington, DC.

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Jill Langhus
Apr 08, 2020
Apr 08, 2020

Thanks, Ana.

Aparna Gopan
Apr 08, 2020
Apr 08, 2020

Thank you for bringing this to my notice, Jill :)

Jill Langhus
Apr 08, 2020
Apr 08, 2020

You're welcome, dear. You should be able to use the link in the orange section to apply, if you haven't already.