The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is pleased to offer a mentorship programme
for aspiring journalists. Refugees, internally displaced people or
stateless people currently studying journalism, communications or a
related field are welcome to apply. Best of luck!
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goal of this programme is to help refugees tell their stories – or any
story that is important to them – to the world. Selected candidates will
receive training and mentorship related to journalism, reporting and
writing skills such as interviewing, pitching stories, and constructing a
narrative. Limited funds to cover certain expenses (including but not
limited to any travel-related costs, telephone or Internet costs
incurred during reporting and costs related to accessing training
sessions) will also be provided.
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programme will bring together internal staff, external media partners
and academics to help provide networking and training/educational
opportunities during the course of the programme. The length of the
programme is six months – although certain flexibility will be granted
depending on the circumstances.
UNHCR Mentorship Programme for Aspiring Journalists
What we are looking for: A successful candidate must
- Be a refugee, internally displaced, or stateless person
- Currently be enrolled in a tertiary education institution degree programme
- Have published at least one piece of non-fiction writing
- Be able to write/produce projects in English (we aim to include additional languages in future years)
- Be enthusiastic about sharing stories that shed light on important issues in the world today
Deadline for applications: 27th November 2020
Announcement of successful candidates: 17 December 2020
Programme start date: 18 January 2021
note that UNHCR works under the humanitarian principles of neutrality,
independence and impartiality. Please keep that in mind when pitching
your story idea.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, most, if not all, of training and reporting will likely be done virtually.
you are unable to submit your application using this online form, we
encourage you to email your responses and share any relevant attachments
directly with firstname.lastname@example.org.
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