The Disaster Risk Reduction Network of Africa Journalists (DIRAJ) brings together journalists and communicators in Africa interested in exchanging news, tools and practices from a disaster risk reduction perspective to build a culture of prevention rather than just a culture of reaction.
Our key interventions include:
1) Capacity building for journalists through coordinated peer mentorship, webinars, workshops and other learning tools to strengthen the quality, reach and viability of disaster reporting
2) Advancing public understanding of the importance of preventative measures and policies through more in-depth disaster reporting and storytelling, before, during and after disasters occur
3) Informing and educating communities at risk to help build a more resilient Africa.
With funding from the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR), DIRAJ is inviting journalists, news correspondents, freelance reporters and multimedia content producers to submit story pitches for grants of up to USD 1,500.
The pitches are open for the production of broadcast-ready feature stories, short documentaries, investigative stories or compelling interview packages on any aspects related to Disaster Risk Reduction at the community, national, regional or Pan African level.
Grant Application Deadline: All applications must be submitted by 1700hours (GMT) on 25th January 2022.
How to Apply
Attach a concept/pitch of your story idea, not more than 700 words, indicating your story, the justification for producing the story and the media house that will publish/broadcast your story.
Attach your CV, links to past stories undertaken in relation to any aspects of disaster risk reduction, prevention or post-disaster recovery.
Attach a recommendation letter from your editor and their commitment to publishing your story once produced.
Attach Editors contacts- email address and phone number.
Send your entry in PDF format to email@example.com.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Please note that the only email address from which individual queries will be answered is firstname.lastname@example.org. We will strive to respond to all queries; however, we cannot guarantee a response to all emails. Emails sent to any other address found on the DIRAJ website will not receive a response.
Submission of an entry is taken as acceptance of all the terms and conditions of entry. Incomplete entry forms and short stories not submitted in accordance with these terms and conditions will not be eligible for consideration.
Note: Proof of any of the following conditions of eligibility may be requested from entrants at any time and will be checked at the shortlist stage.
The DIRAJ STORY GRANT CHALLENGE 2022 is for a single, previously unpublished broadcast story open to print, radio, television and online journalists based in any of the African Countries as per the African Union Constitutive Charter, aged 18 years or over on 1 January 2022.
Entries must be submitted in English or French.
Entries will not be eligible where the journalist is a member of the judging panel, anyone involved in the secretariat/administration of the DIRAJ STORY GRANT CHALLENGE or a close family relative of any such person.
The submitted story must not have been previously published in print or online or broadcast.
THE STORY IDEA
The story idea must be between 450-700 words. Please note: 700 is the maximum word count but not a specific target.
The theme for the story challenge is Locating Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Efforts in Africa in Connection with Post-COVID Recovery Interventions at The Community, National, Regional or Pan African Level; but we encourage all entrants to submit ideas that are bold, different and original in order for them to stand out from the rest.
Story concept/abstract should include proposed information sources, the angle of the story and what makes the story unique.
The maximum grant amount is USD 1,500 per applicant to cover travel, communication, research and meals during data-collection and writing of the story.
Your submission must adhere to the following format:
- Saved as PDF
- Typed in Arial 12 pt black font
- Hard returns between paragraphs (NO indentations and numbered correctly)
- The name of the journalist, media house and press card number must appear at the top-right header of each page.
The judges of the DIRAJ STORY GRANT CHALLENGE will be looking out for intricacy and originality of prose, exposition of DRR concepts, narrative voice and storyline.
DIRAJ reserves the right to increase or reduce the number of entries selected for the judges to read at its sole discretion.
All entries will be initially read and shortlisted for the judging panel by a team of sub-editors.
The shortlisted pitches will be made available on the DIRAJ website between the end of January and mid-February 2022.
All shortlisted entrants will be contacted by the DIRAJ secretariat team before February 05th 2022.
The decision of the judges will be final. Neither discussion nor correspondence concerning any decision will be allowed.
All shortlisted journalists will be contacted personally by email using the details provided at the time of entry. Unsuccessful entrants will NOT be contacted.
For the purposes of fairness, DIRAJ reserves the right to withdraw any submission from the competition if it is brought to the attention of the secretariat that the story violates any of the journalistic codes of ethics.
It is a condition of entry that the entrants of all the shortlisted stories cooperate with the DIRAJ secretariat in all publicity and promotion opportunities surrounding the DIRAJ STORY GRANT CHALLENGE.
By submitting an entry, entrants agree to ensure that upon broadcasting/airing/flighting their stories, including in any publications, it will carry DIRAJ STORY GRANT CHALLENGE credits and provided all materials bearing such approved credits, logos or trademarks are pre-approved by the DIRAJ secretariat team.
Entrants retain the copyright in their entries, but by submitting a story into the DIRAJ STORY GRANT CHALLENGE, entrants acknowledge and agree that each shortlisted entrant:
Grants to DIRAJ, UNDRR and their affiliates, licensees, successors and assigns a worldwide sub-licensable, perpetual, transferable, non-exclusive royalty-free license to use in any way whatsoever including but not limited to public performance, public display, publishing, reproduction, broadcasting, amendment or modification of the entry or any part of the entry on and through the website diraj.org, undrr.org or any website associated with DIRAJ / UNDRR in its different present and future forms – for example, newsprint, Braille, talking book, podcast, audio download, electronic databases, e-paper, mobile device application, electronic media or website including mobile form or any other facsimile or derivative versions in any medium, and, without prejudice to the above, grants DIRAJ a non-exclusive, perpetual, royalty-free license to publish the final produced stories on the DIRAJ website.
The competition will be administered by the DIRAJ secretariat team.
Entrants must provide their name, email address, telephone number and postal address on the initial submission. We will make use of this data, and other information we may collect about you, for the purposes of administering the DIRAJ STORY GRANT CHALLENGE and promoting the DIRAJ STORY GRANT CHALLENGE.
Entrants must supply full details as required above and comply with all rules to be eligible for the DIRAJ STORY GRANT CHALLENGE. Ineligible, obscene or fraudulent entries will be automatically disqualified.
The DIRAJ secretariat team reserves the right to refuse any entry for any reason at its absolute discretion and reserves the right to vary the Terms and Conditions of Entry, and alter the published programme, as may be deemed necessary to ensure the proper administration and integrity of the DIRAJ STORY GRANT CHALLENGE and where required for reasons beyond its control. Any amendments will be published on diraj.org.
The DIRAJ secretariat team reserves the right to cancel, modify or supersede the DIRAJ STORY GRANT CHALLENGE (including altering award) at any stage, if deemed necessary in its opinion to ensure the proper administration and integrity of the DIRAJ STORY GRANT CHALLENGE, or if circumstances arise outside of its control.
By entering, all eligible entrants will be deemed to have accepted these rules and to agree to be bound by each and all of these Terms and Conditions. DIRAJ reserves the right to exclude entrants and withhold prizes for violating any of these terms and conditions.
The submission of any journalist’s work will be taken as agreement by the journalist that they are willing for the submitted work to be considered and that they consent to and approve of all terms and conditions contained herein and as agreement to guarantee and procure the journalist’s compliance with these terms and conditions. DIRAJ may at its sole discretion disqualify the entry and/or reclaim any award and/or associated money and revise the shortlist (if applicable). Any journalist who submits an entry warrant that they have obtained all necessary consents required to submit an entry in accordance with these Terms and Conditions.
All entrants will indemnify DIRAJ and the DIRAJ secretariat team against loss or damage (including any legal costs or expenses and any compensation costs and disbursements paid by DIRAJ and the DIRAJ secretariat team on the advice of legal counsel to compromise or settle any claim) occasioned to DIRAJ or the DIRAJ secretariat team in consequence of any breach of these Terms and Conditions by the entrant or arising out of any claim alleging that the submitted entry constitutes an infringement of copyright or contains libellous, obscene, defamatory or otherwise unlawful matter.
There is no alternative to the financial award stated and the grant is not transferable, and no part or parts of any award may be substituted for other benefits, items or additions.
DIRAJ and the STORY GRANT CHALLENGE secretariat team will not be liable for any failure of receipt of entries. DIRAJ and the DIRAJ secretariat team have no responsibility for any entries which are lost, delayed, illegible, damaged, incomplete, or otherwise invalid. If the DIRAJ secretariat team is unable to contact a shortlisted journalist despite making reasonable attempts to do so, the judges will be entitled to shortlist another entry. Other than death or personal injury arising from the acts or omissions of DIRAJ, the DIRAJ secretariat team or their employees, DIRAJ and the DIRAJ secretariat team will not be liable for any loss or damage arising out of participation in the DIRAJ STORY GRANT CHALLENGE or the award of a prize.
These terms and conditions are governed by the laws of Kenya and entrants submit all matters arising in relation to these terms and conditions or the DIRAJ STORY GRANT CHALLENGE (including all non-contractual disputes) to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of Kenya. Nothing contained in this clause shall limit the right of DIRAJ, its affiliates or subsidiaries, successors or assigns, to bring a claim in any other jurisdiction.