Announcement: Inclusive Media –UNDP Fellowships 2014

Inclusive Media for Change, a CSDS-based initiative, invites applications from journalists in English and Hindi for Inclusive Media - UNDP Fellowships 2014. The Fellowships are given to increase and sharpen media coverage of rural distress/development and the issues of the marginalized people. The fellowships are aimed at promoting democratic social change, particularly through empowerment, participation and good governance.

The Inclusive Media for Change runs a clearing house of ideas, information and alternatives on India marginalised (www.im4change.org ), conducts research and organises media capacity-building workshops.

The ideal candidates would be willing to take time off from routine journalism and spend at least two to four weeks with rural/ marginalized communities and write/ produce series of stories that require wider coverage and public attention. The fellowships will cover travel and incidental expenses subject to an upper limit of Rs 150,000. It intends to cover costs of news gathering and logistics for a total number of six fellowships in Hindi and English. (Please read Fellowship terms and conditions below)

The Inclusive Media - UNDP fellowships are open to journalists working for mainstream newspapers/ magazines/ radio or TV channels. Those working for well-known media websites are eligible to apply though a maximum of one fellowship can be given for really well-known new media platforms. Free-lancers can apply only if they can produce letters of support from mainstream papers with an undertaking to publish their output.

A jury of well-known editors and development thinkers will select the fellows on the basis of brief project proposals (Please read ‘how to apply’ and ‘terms and conditions’ below) and story ideas. The projects should be about happenings/ positive interventions/ alternatives and success stories on issues of livelihoods, agrarian crises, hunger/ malnutrition, public health, and the MDGs. An ideal candidate will have genuine interest in rural development/ issues of the marginalized people and will be willing to spend time in rural areas for field work. The fellows will be given a chance to refine their project proposal after their selection if the jury so recommends.

The applicant must get a supporting letter from her/his media organization with an undertaking to publish the fellowship outcome in their publications in a format of their choice (i.e., series of reports, travelogues, edit/ op-ed articles, investigation, documentary film or TV/radio packages). Entries without the editors’ undertaking will not be considered.

The last date for applications is August 1, 2014.

How to Apply?

The applications for Inclusive Media – UNDP Fellowships should include a cover letter and the candidate’s CV (strictly within 3 A4 pages) along with the following:

  • 1. A clearly defined project proposal with clear title (Within 500 words)
  • 2. A break up of at least 5 story ideas based on the project proposal (within 250 words)
  • 3. An idea of the geographical region selected for field work, and a rough break-up of travel/ boarding requirements with an approximate expenditure. (within 100 words)
  • 4. Two samples of published work (or Radio/TV programmes) in English or Hindi
  • 5. A supporting letter from the editor assuring leave for 2 to 4 weeks and agreeing to use the fellowship output in the publication

(Free lancers must procure a supporting letter from the editor of a reputed publication/channel agreeing to use the fellowship output)

6. A letter of recommendation about the candidate’s past record, journalistic abilities and suitability for the project from an eminent journalist, editor or supervisor giving an idea of the candidate’s suitability for the Inclusive Media - UNDP Fellowships.

(We strongly recommend that the candidates must read terms and conditions below before applying for the fellowships)


Inclusive Media 2011 Fellows

Story idea:

Project proposal:

Burgeoning crisis in agriculture and availability of alternatives


Hoshangabad and Harda districts of Madhya Pradesh

Story idea:

Project proposal:

Distress migration from Uttarakhand hills and the factors behind migration


Rural Uttarakhand-Rudraprayag, Bageshwar, Chamoli, Pauri, Uttarakashi, Pithoragarh, Almora districts

Story idea:

Project proposal:

  • The mega drive: The POSCO struggle
  • Land grabbing for bio-fuel plantation
  • Encroaching upon the land of the landless
  • Government’s tall assurances to land losers are hardly kept
  • The struggle that is building up (Sindhol project)


Dhinkia and Govindpur-Jagatsinghpur district
Patnagarh in Bolangir district

Story idea:

Project proposal:

Loss of Livelihood of the Indigenous People of Majuli Island in Assam due to its Shrinking Land Mass


Majuli island, Assam

Story idea:

Project proposal:

The condition of primary education of Azamgarh and nearby areas


Azamgarh, Uttar Pradesh

Story idea:

Project proposal:

Socio economic, health and environment related problems of remote hilly north-eastern districts of Lohit and Anjaw in Arunachal Pradesh


Visiting Tezu, Wakro, Medo, Namgo, Loiliang, Tafrogam and Hayuliang in Lohit district; Hawai, Goiliang, Walong and Kibithoo in Anjaw district and the state headquarters Itanagar.

Story idea:

Rajasthan Patrika

BBC Hindi Online

4 radio packages transmitted in the prime time programme of BBC Hindi are as following-

On 7th and 8th Feb, 2012-

cue- राजस्थान के भीलवाड़ा ज़िले में एक भील परिवार के दो बच्चों को भूख ने निगल लिया. गरीबी और कुपोषण की मार झेलते इस परिवार को न तो सरकारी दुकान से राशन मिल रहा था और न गांव में नरेगा का काम चल रहा था. लेकिन प्रशासन पूरे मामले की लीपा-पोती में जुटा है. सुनिए पाणिनि आनंद की यह विशेष रिपोर्ट--
Traditional water harvesting in Bundelkhand


On 9th Feb, 2012-

cue- कालबेलिया जाति का नाम सुनते ही कानों में संगीत गुंजने लगता है और कभी नाच, कभी बीन तो कभी हस्तशिल्प से लोगों को लुभाते बंजारों की छवि बनने लगती है. पर इनका शोषण और दर्द न लोगों को दिखता है और न सरकारों को. सुनिए, पाणिनि आनंद की यह विशेष रिपोर्ट-


On 10th Feb, 2012-

cue- राजस्थान में अगड़ों और पिछड़ों की राजनीति ने किस तरह दलितों को सिर्फ इस्तेमाल किया है और उनकी अपनी राजनीतिक पहचान नहीं बनने दी है, इसका मज़बूत उदाहरण है राजस्थान के बाड़मेर ज़िले के मंगलाराम की कहानी. सूचना के अधिकार के इस सिपाही की कहानी के ज़रिए राज्य में दलितों की स्थिति और राजनीति की टोह ले रहे हैं पाणिनि आनंद-


On 11th Feb, 2012-

cue- और चलिए आज मिलते हैं भीलवाड़ा के मांडल ब्लॉक के कुछ शिक्षकों से जो अपने प्रयासों से अवैध खनन से भी लड़ रहे हैं और पर्यावरण, शिक्षा और नारी अधिकारों के प्रति लोगों को जागरूक भी कर रहे हैं. जी हाँ, इन शिक्षकों ने खुद को पाठशाला तक सीमित नहीं रखा है बल्कि स्कूल में बच्चों को पढ़ाने के बाद ये जनजागरण के लिए टोली बनाकर निकल पड़ते हैं. सुनिए पाणिनि आनंद की यह विशेष रिपोर्ट—


Stories in other publications- (बीबीसी और राजस्थान पत्रिका से कहानियां उठाकर भास्कर सहित कुछ वेबसाइटों ने इन्हें पुनःप्रकाशित किया है)

Project proposal:

Socio-economic status of dalits and caste-based discrimination faced by them in Rajasthan. Fieldwork:

Stories on caste-based discrimination against tribals and dalits from Bara, Alwar, Seekar, Barmer and Bhilwada.

Inclusive Media 2010 Fellows

Story idea:

Project proposal: Bundelkhand crisis reporting

Grain Bank in Bundelkhand
Traditional water harvesting in Bundelkhand

Fieldwork: For the 'Grain banks of Bundelkhand' story, visited to villages in Banda, Mahoba, and Jalaun. For the 'Traditional water harvesting in Bundelkhand’ story', visit to Jhansi, Banda, Mahoba (in Uttar Pradesh) and Orcha and Tikamgarh (in Madhya Pradesh). There are 108 traditional water harvesting structures built in ancient times in Tikamgarh and many of them still exist. I would visit some of them, apart from visiting several 'Sagars' built by Chandel kings. These structures sill exist and are functional too. They are spread over in Mahoba, Banda, Tikamgarh, Khajuroho

Story idea:

Project proposal:
Rampant mining in rural Goa and its effects. Rampant Industrial mining has led to more miseries in the hinterlands of Goa.

Story idea:

Project proposal:
Rampant mining in rural Goa and its effects. Rampant Industrial mining has led to more miseries in the hinterlands of Goa.

Story idea:

Project proposal: An assessment of agriculture crisis in Jharkhand.

Theme : Scanning of Palamu region with focus on drought hit and hunger zones.

Fieldwork:Drought hit zones Chhatarpur, Chainpur and Japla region in Medininagar (Daltonganz). And other region chosen by at field level; Hunger zones at Lesliganz, Garu and Mahuadand block in Latehar, Bhandria block in Garhwa and others

Theme: Holistic view of Jharkhand

Fieldwork: Focus on Kolhan region, Singhbhum: Tantnagar and Bandgaon Chaibasa.with countryside Jamshedpur

Theme: For assessment of hunger and starvation situatio

Fieldwork: Santhal region: Bhognadih (Sahebganj), Godda region (selection on random basis or yet to decide)

Theme: For comparative assessment and comparison of agro based situation

Fieldwork: Chhotanagpur region: Rural pockets of Lohardaga, Gumla (Dumria region) and Khunti (selection on random basis as per requirement)

Bokaro: Gomo and Kasmar region Or Hazaribag and Ramgarh (selection on random basis)

Ranchi and Medininagar based inevitable expenses such as meeting with officials, experts, visiting NGO etc.

Story idea:

Project proposal: Economic tensions in rural areas of Dimapur. Wants to see depletion of forest cover and cultivation areas, agricultural crisis and socio-political tensions that have forced rural population to migrate.

Fieldwork: Dimapur district jurisdiction

  1. Diphupar Village ('A' and 'B')
  2. Chumukedima Village
  3. Seiethekiema Village/Chumukedima
  4. Angami Basa/Northern Dimapur Angami Village areas
  5. Southern Sumi (Thelixu village) sub-division

Story idea:

Project proposal:
Lost in the agrarian crisis
Agrarian crisis and farmers' suicides

Story idea:

Project proposal:
Kya ilaj kharch kum hone se ghat sakti hai garibi? Wants to see whether cheap and accessible medical and health facilities can help the poor.

Theme : Health situation in Mewat, Haryana.

Fieldwork: Nuh, the district headquarter of Mewat - Collect information on NRHM and RSBY. Interview some patients at district hospital.

Hathin, Block headquarter - Interview patients at health center; panchayat in the Hathin Block to meet people. Interview some of the BPL families. Whether they are getting the benefits of the health schemes.

Nagina, Block headquarter, meet Block official and take a note of health schemes. Meet some private doctor and visit some clinics; Collect information on health expenditure of BPL and SCs families; Interview some heath worker.

Touro block - Collect information regarding health expenditure of local people. Try to find out some beneficiary of RSBY.

Meeting with health insurance agents at district headquarter. Interview CMO and DC.

Firozpur Jhirka Block - Interview BPL families; meet gram pradhan, ASHAs; Meet NGO worker.

Get comments form Dr Mihir Shah, Member Planning Commission regarding his views on the rural issues.

Get comments from Dr. Syda Hameed, Member, Planning Commission responsible for the Health and WCD ministries.

Get comments from the CM Haryana on the observations made during Mewat visit. Also get comments from Health Minister Haryana.

Story idea:
No welfare No state Tehelka 3 July 2010

Stranger than Paradise Tehelka 19 June 2010
The Alienated are rising Tehelka 26 June 2010

Trampling tribal rights for corporate gain Sahara Times 12 June

Project proposal: Study of Forest Right Act

Theme: Assess implementation of Forest Rights Act in Jharkhand and its comparison with Chhattisgarh for the Tehelka magazine.

Field work: Ranchi, Jharkhand, Daltonganj district, Areas and adjoining parts of neighbouring district of Latehar, Betla sanctuary, Surguja, Chhattisgarh, Koriya district

Story idea:
Battle for Survival Frontline 18 June 2010

Reluctant Migrants Frontline 10 September 2010

Project proposal: Wants to work on various issues such as distress migration, rural malnutrition, livelihood crises, implementation of social welfare schemes of the central/ state government

Fieldwork: Kesinga, Bhawanipatna, Lanjigarh, Kantabanji (block in Bolangir district), Koraput, Nuapada district (a district carved out from the erstwhile Kalahandi district), Rourkela (district hqrs of Sundergarh district) Orissa

Story idea:

Story idea:

Project proposal: Plight of the faceless millions caught in the doldrums of economic transformation

Theme: Status of denotified tribes and also to the guague the impact of libralisation on small and marginal farmers.
Alternative self dependent seed and fertilizer credit system

Pune, Osmanabad, Aurangabad and some areas of Nashik, Beed (Maharastra) - Denotified tribes
Muzaffarnagar, Aligharh, Lucknow and Mathura (Uttar Pradesh) - Indebtedness of farmers
Bundelkhand - Migration of small and marginal farmers from Bundelkhand

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