WHO/ICFJ Drowning Prevention Reporting Fellowship 2019 (Fully-funded to Durban, South Africa)

WHO/ICFJ Drowning Prevention Reporting Fellowship 2019 (Fully-funded to Durban, South Africa)

Deadline: August 19, 2019

Applications for the WHO/ICFJ Drowning Prevention Reporting Fellowship 2019 are now open. The ICFJ will recruit 10 journalists for the Fellowship taking place in Durban, South Africa. The fellowship will include a workshop prior to the conference on October 6-7, 2019 and attendance at the conference sessions on October 8-10, 2019.

The selected fellows will have the opportunity to deepen their understanding of drowning prevention and hone the journalism skills needed to cover this often under-reported and misunderstood topic by participating in a two-day workshop ahead of the 2019 World Conference on Drowning Prevention. After the workshop, fellows will have the opportunity to attend conference sessions and to meet and interview leading global experts on drowning prevention to help inform their reporting.

During the interactive workshop, ICFJ trainers and WHO technical experts will provide an overview on different aspects of drowning prevention. Trainers will also work with fellows on strengthening the fellows’ reporting skills, using the lens of solutions journalism with a particular focus on tracking down data from different sources, creating data-driven reports, and developing visualizations to engage audiences.


  • The Fellowship will cover all fellowship-related costs, including travel to the conference, accommodations, emergency insurance, meals and registration.


  • Open to journalists from around the world
  • Journalists must be fluent in English
  • Priority will be given to journalists from low- or middle-income countries.

Selection Criteria

Selection will be based on the journalists’ professional qualifications, relevant experience such as demonstrated interest in the topic of drowning prevention and those interested in developing their data reporting skills in service of public health journalism, English-language proficiency, and endorsement by a newsroom manager.


Applicants will be asked to provide the following:

  • An essay (no more than 500 words) detailing your motivation and goals for seeking the fellowship, including specific changes or achievements you hope to make to your work as a result of the workshop;
  • At least two story ideas (300 – 500 words) for in-depth drowning prevention reporting projects that incorporates data. Applicants may focus on their own countries, and include ways to use digital tools and visualizations to engage audiences in a dialogue about drowning prevention;
  • A commitment to produce at least three stories about drowning prevention total during and after the conference;
  • A brief letter of support from an editor or newsroom manager endorsing the journalist’s participation in the program to demonstrate understanding of the fellowship’s value and support for publishing, posting and/or broadcasting the journalist’s coverage of the conference and story project;
  • A brief biography written in the third person (up to 300 words);
  • A resume or curriculum vitae;
  • At least two examples of recently published stories, ideally ones related to public health, safety and development;
  • Proof of a valid passport.

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For more information, visit WHO/ICFJ Fellowship.