WIN Social Impact Reporting

The unprecedented global pandemic has reaffirmed the crucial work of journalists and media organisations to provide accurate and timely information to the audiences they serve.

It has also exacerbated the financial pressures on the news media industry, and with that, increased the vulnerability of individual media practitioners.

In response, the Social Impact Reporting Initiative was launched to support the work of journalists and media to bring the stories of vulnerable or marginalised communities to the mainstream, and help connect these communities to mainstream media. SIRI also supports innovative group projects that are launched by participants of the Accelerator programme.

The unprecedented global pandemic has reaffirmed the crucial work of journalists and media organisations to provide accurate and timely information to the audiences they serve.

It has also exacerbated the financial pressures on the news media industry, and with that, increased the vulnerability of individual media practitioners.

In response, WAN-IFRA Women in News has launched the WIN Social Impact Reporting Initiative Africa. This will provide direct support in the form of small cash grants (for media organisations and industry associations) and sponsorship for reporting assignments (for individual journalists) that focus on social impact.
 

Members of the WIN community, as well as select community and local media, operating in print, digital and radio are invited to apply. Industry associations may also apply. 

At this time only applications from Sub-Saharan Africa countries in which WIN is active will be considered including Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Somalia, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Please review the FAQs below to determine eligibility, and whether you should submit an application as an individual or as an organisation.

INDIVIDUALS:  ELIGIBILITY FOR SOCIAL IMPACT REPORTING ASSIGNMENTS

Which individuals can apply?

Sponsorship for reporting assignments through the Women in News Social Impact Reporting Initiative is available for individuals who are currently enrolled in, or are alumnae of, any Women in News programme dating back to 2010.

While we will assess each application individually on its merits, you may apply as an ‘individual’ if any of the below conditions apply:

– You have been made redundant by your organisation as a result of COVID-19

– You have been made to take unpaid leave for an extended period

– You have been made to take a salary cut of 50% or more for an extended period

– You are a correspondent who has seen a work contract cancelled or reduced due to COVID-19

You may not apply if you are currently employed on a full-time basis, or have a full-time reporting contract in place.

How much can I apply for?

Journalists may apply for grants for assignments from USD500 to USD3,000. The amount requested by an individual should reflect the scope and length of the proposed assignment. 

What type of assignment can I propose as the reporting assignment?

You can propose any type of story, or series of stories, reports, or features, in any format: (e.g. print, podcast, video etc.)

Thematically, assignments should reflect the social, economic or health-related impacts of COVID-19 (directly or indirectly), or general interest stories with an emphasis on segments of the population that are considered vulnerable or under-represented. This may be defined by gender, age, geography, racial or sexual identity, as well as economic status. Click here for more on Sida’s multi-dimensional view of poverty.

Can I request equipment or hardware?

No. This is primarily a fees-based assignment. Other nominal expenses such as PPE (Personal Protective Equipment), local transport or data purchases should be incorporated into the overall assignment fees proposed.

Can I apply and receive sponsorship for more than one reporting assignment?

No. Currently, individuals may only receive one assignment. 

Is there a deadline for applications?

No. Applications may be submitted at any point. They will be reviewed on an ongoing, or rolling basis.

Are there editorial guidelines for the assignments?

No.  That said, any proposed reporting assignments that focus on vulnerable or under-represented segments of the population will be given priority. This could be defined by gender, age, geography, racial or sexual identity, as well as economic status. 

Are there reporting requirements for the assignments?

Yes. We require the submission of the completed reporting assignment(s) as well as evidence of publication/broadcast etc.

Must the assignments be earmarked for publication to qualify?

The assignments are intended for publication. If you are aligned to a publication you should pitch the idea to them when applying. If you are unable to secure interest in publishing your work, for reasons of termination or closure, WAN-IFRA will work with you to find an alternative publication.

Click here to apply as an individual.

Still have questions? Feel free to contact us at:  info@womeninnews.org

 


 

ORGANISATIONS:  ELIGIBLE FOR SOCIAL IMPACT REPORTING SMALL GRANTS

What organisations are eligible to apply?

Media outlets in print, digital or radio may apply for short-term grants to support their efforts to bring timely and accurate information to their audiences. Industry associations that are coordinating efforts on the ground on behalf of the media industry may also apply. 

Priority will be given to any media organisation or media-related industry association that aims to deliver news and information to vulnerable or under-represented communities and the stories of vulnerable or under-represented communities to mainstream society. Community and local media organisations will also be given priority. 

At this time only applications  from Sub-Saharan Africa countries in which WIN is active will be considered including Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Somalia, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Vulnerable or under-represented segments of the population could be defined by gender, age, geography, racial or sexual identity, as well as economic status. Click here for more on Sida’s multi-dimensional view of poverty.

How much can my organisation apply for?

Organisations may apply for between USD2,000 and up to a maximum of USD10,000.  

(Note: the majority of grants issued will be in the USD5,000 to 7,000 range)

Can my organisation receive more than one grant?

No. Currently, organisations may only receive one grant. 

Is there a deadline for applications?

No. Applications are reviewed on an ongoing, or rolling basis. 

Do I need to submit a report? 

Yes. Organisations will need to submit a brief financial and narrative report. 

What sort of things can I use the grant for?

Appropriate activities or expenditure are defined by each initiative, however, they could broadly include:

– Personal protective equipment (PPE)

– Activity/implementation costs

– Core costs

– Salaries/fees

Note that grants cannot be used to purchase technical equipment or hardware. 

Click here to apply for a grant as an organisation. 

Still have questions? Feel free to contact us at:  info@womeninnews.org

The unprecedented global COVID-19 pandemic has reaffirmed the importance of the work that journalists and media institutions do to provide accurate and timely information to the audiences they serve.

The pandemic has also exacerbated financial pressures on the news media, which has negatively affected media workers.

In response, WAN’IFRA’s WIN has launched the Social Impact Reporting Initiative (SIRI) which participants of the Accelerator programme can apply for.

WIN’s Accelerator Programme in the Arab Region includes a Media Management Training, during which participants prepare a project that combines theoretical and practical aspects of the training. This year, WIN offered all women participants in the Arab region the opportunity to revisit the media projects that they developed during the training, or to use the model to create new a new project and apply for SIRI.
 
Candidates can apply as individuals or in groups of up to three members maximum.

All WINers who are currently working in media institutions (print, online, TV, radio), or as independent journalists who are constantly publishing in media institutions in Palestine, Lebanon, Jordan or Egypt, can apply to benefit from this initiative.

Please review the Frequently Asked Questions below to determine if you can apply.

Who are the individuals who can apply?

Previous and current women participants of WIN programme in the Arab region, which started in 2015.

You cannot apply if you are not currently working with a media organisation whether on a full-time basis or as a freelance journalist. Freelance journalists must prove that they publish articles on a regular basis (four articles published in the past two months) and send the name of the organisation where they intend to publish the material within the application.

How much can I ask for?

If you work individually, you can apply for an amount of no more than $ 2,500. If you work with a group (2 or 3 people), you can apply for an amount not exceeding $ 5,000.

What kind of project can I propose to get sponsorship?

You can suggest any type of story, series of stories, reports, or descriptive stories, in any format (print, podcast, video, etc.).

In terms of topics, the proposed projects should reflect the social, economic or health impacts caused by Covid-19 (directly or indirectly), with a focus on communities that are considered vulnerable or underrepresented, based on their gender identity, age or location, geographical or ethnic identity, as well as economically marginalized groups. Click here for more information about the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency’s multidimensional vision of poverty.

Can I order equipment or devices?

No. This sponsorship is based primarily on the fees charged by the project. All expenditures such as personal protective equipment, local transportation costs, or data purchases should be included in the total proposed fees for the assignment.

Can I apply and receive sponsorship for more than one project?

No. Currently, individuals or groups may only receive one sponsorship.

Is there a deadline for submitting applications?

Yes. Applications must be submitted with all the details by July 31. These requests will be reviewed by a specialized committee, and the results will be announced on August 15th. The article must be fully completed by 1 October.

Are there editorial guidelines I should follow?

No. However, priority will be given to proposed projects that focus on communities that are considered vulnerable or underrepresented, according to their gender identity, age, geographic location or ethnic identity, as well as economically marginalized groups. Journalism standards must be adhered to according to international best practices, local trade union rules, and laws that define the work of the media.

Are there editorial requirements for preparing press materials? 

Yes. Projects should be completed including publication/broadcast evidence etc. The deadline for publication is October 1, 2020. All projects that have met the deadline will be presented at the upcoming Women in News regional conference, and the first three projects will be selected and announced afterwards. 

Should press material be designated for publication to qualify for this sponsorship?

Yes. As part of the request, evidence must be shown that the media organisation agrees to publish the material when it is ready.

What are the procedures if my project is selected for this sponsorship?

Once your application is approved, you will sign an agreement on the terms and amounts due. The entire amount will be transferred to your bank account. Then, you will submit periodic reports to the WIN’s coordination centre in the Arab region on August 15, September 1 and September 15, including the progress report. The full projects will be showcased at WIN regional conference in 2020.

If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us via email: info@womeninnews.org

WIN is looking to launch the Social Impact Reporting Initiative in 2021 and will update this page at that time.