DEADLINE: MONDAY, MARCH 2ND ― The GroundTruth Project has announced an ambitious reporting fellowship covering a critical moment for global migration and resettlement.
In 2019, the number of international migrants globally reached 272 million, according to the UN, and the number of forcibly displaced people has reached a record-breaking 70.8 million, “the highest levels of displacement on record,” according to the UNHCR. Many return home each year, by choice or by force. Many more will stay.
GroundTruth is looking for story proposals that examine how the global migration crisis is unfolding at the local level and solutions-oriented stories that explore the different approaches and challenges to permanent resettlement of refugees, even as anti-refugee sentiment fuels public backlash.
With support from the MacArthur Foundation and The Henry Luce Foundation, GroundTruth plans to select a team of fellows working across key regions, telling narrative-driven, multimedia stories of migration shaped by climate change, economic and social instability, war and famine.
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The fellowship is open to videographers, photographers, writers, audio reporters and data journalists.
GroundTruth seeks proposals that integrate compelling human stories with attempted solutions relevant to those stories (whether they have been proven effective or not).
Experience covering migration or refugees is preferred, and journalists who have migrated or been refugees are particularly encouraged to apply. The fellowship is open to candidates from anywhere in the world. Candidates may apply with a partner or partners, and each fellow will receive a total of $10,000 — which will cover all travel expenses and a fee to the fellow.
If applying as a partnership or team, each person should submit their own application and mention the proposed partner or team members. The deadline to apply is March 2nd.
Reporting will be distributed widely through GroundTruth editorial partners, who in the past have included TIME, The Atlantic, FRONTLINE, The Washington Post, PBS NewsHour, PRI’s The World, USA Today, ABC News and many more. Candidates are encouraged to include their own distribution relationships in their proposals.