Call for Applications for Young Journalists in the UN Virtual Reham Al-Farra Memorial Journalists Fellowship Programme 2021 (Ages 22-35)

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Are you a young journalist between the ages of 22 and 35?

Then apply to participate in the UN Virtual Reham Al-Farra Memorial Journalists Fellowship Programme 2021 for a three weeks intensive training in Journalism where you get a special opportunity to interview senior officials and exchange ideas with colleagues around the world.

Application Deadline: 15th June 2021

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Benefits

  • A 3 weeks intensive training in journalism.
  • During the 3-week programme, fellows have an opportunity to attend special briefings, interview senior officials and exchange ideas with colleagues from around the world.

Eligibility

Applicants should be young journalists between the ages of 22 and 35.

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Application Instructions

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About the UN Virtual Reham Al-Farra Memorial Journalists Fellowship

UN Virtual Reham Al-Farra

The Reham Al-Farra Memorial Journalism Fellowship was mandated in December 1980 by UN General Assembly Resolution 35/201. Formerly known as the DPI Training Programme for Broadcasters and Journalists from Developing Countries, the programme was renamed in 2003 in honor of Reham Al-Farra, a 29-year-old Jordanian public information officer who was killed in the 19 August 2003 bombing of the UN headquarters in Baghdad.

The Fellowship is a unique opportunity for young (22 to 35), working journalists from developing countries and countries with economies in transition to cover the United Nations. Hosted every autumn at UN Headquarters, the programme brings a select group of journalists to New York to cover the opening of the General Assembly for their news outlets.

During the 3-week programme, fellows have an opportunity to attend special briefings, interview senior officials and exchange ideas with colleagues from around the world. In previous years, fellows have met with the UN Secretary-General, Deputy Secretary-General, President of the General Assembly and permanent representatives to the United Nations. The programme also arranges visits to various news organizations, such as the New York Times, Democracy Now! and BuzzFeed.

Since its founding in 1981, the fellowship has been awarded to 611 journalists from 168 countries. Upon completion of the programme, fellows are expected to continue working in journalism and promote better understanding of the United Nations in their home countries. The programme does not provide basic skills training, as all fellows are working journalists.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the RAF Fellowship went virtual for the first time in its history in 2020. A special programme was organized for RAF alumni in commemoration of its 40th anniversary.

Key Dates and Order of Program

Applications close by the end of 15 June 2021.

  • The 2021 RAF Programme is open to applications on 3 May 2021! Due to ongoing travel disruptions, the programme will continue to be entirely virtual. However, depending on performance and participation, 2021 RAF Fellows may be strongly considered for a future in-person programme.
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Emmanuella Igomu is a content writer at Camberene. She is a communication enthusiast currently studying Mass communication, where she majors in Public Relations and Advertising. Emmanuella sometimes doubles as a brand promoter/online marketer and hopes to intern in a public relations/advertising agency or online marketing department in the near future.

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