ICFJ/WHO Safety Reporting Fellowships for Journalists from Low- or Middle-Income Countries, 2018


With the support from World Health Organisation ICFJ is offering up to 12 Safety Reporting Fellowships for Journalists. Priority will be given to journalists from low- or middle-income countries.

ICFJ works at the nexus of journalism and technology, building the expertise and storytelling skills of reporters worldwide. Through our work, journalists are enhancing news coverage and connecting more deeply with their audiences. As a result, we are increasing the flows of reliable, trustworthy news – a cornerstone of healthy democracies. We believe that better journalism leads to better lives.

Journalists who apply for the fellowship must be fluent in English.


  • ICFJ invites journalists from all over the world to apply for the Safety 2018 Reporting Fellowship.
  • Journalists who apply for the fellowship must be fluent in English. Priority will be given to journalists from low- or middle-income Please note that preference will be given to those who haven’t participated in a WHO training workshop before.


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 three specific changes you hope to make to your work as a result of the workshop;
  • At least one fleshed-out story idea (300 – 500 words) for an in-depth safety and injury-prevention reporting project that incorporates data. Applicants may focus on their own countries, and include ways to use digital tools and social media to engage audiences in a dialogue about these vital safety issues;
  • A commitment to produce at least three safety stories during and after the conference;
  • A 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 (up to 300 words);
  • A resume or curriculum vitae;
  • Two samples of work focusing on safety or injury prevention published/posted/broadcast recently (after 2015).

Selection will be based on the journalists’ professional qualifications, relevant experience such as demonstrated interest in the topic of injury prevention or road safety, English-language proficiency, and endorsement by a newsroom manager.

The application deadline is Friday, Aug. 17, 2018 (9:00 a.m. U.S. Eastern Daylight Time). Click here to apply.

ICFJ will inform the finalists by Sept. 7, 2018.

For more information on safety and injury prevention, please visit our resources page or email lke@icfj.org.


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