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Terms of reference

Journalist fellowship

Jamaica

(May – August 2013)

Introduction 

Panos Caribbean is an international information organisation established in 1986. Panos believes that information which is independent, accurate and timely is a key resource for development. Information needs to be locally generated in order to enable countries and communities to shape and communicate their own development agendas through informed public debate.

Its mission is to promote sustainable development in the Wider Caribbean region through empowering all sectors of society to articulate their own information and perspectives on development issues and broadcast them across language and political borders. In particular, Panos aims to disseminate, through the media, the voices of poor and marginalised people who are affected by certain development issues (farmers and fisher folk, women, children, people living with HIV/AIDS, persons with disabilities et al). This encourages their full participation in shaping the development of their societies.

Since 1989, Panos has been working in the Caribbean through close alliance with the media in the region to raise awareness about select environmental issues.

Background

This fellowship is being offered under the project titled ‘Strengthening the Engagement of Caribbean Civil Society in Biodiversity Conservation Through Local and Regional Networking and Effective Sharing of Learning and Best Practices’.

Funded through the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund, the project is, among other things, designed to build communication capacity among civil society organisations as well as media on biodiversity issues.

The project is being implemented in 11 islands in the region, including Jamaica, Haiti and the Dominican Republic, where most of the fund’s project activities will be focused as they have been identified as possessing the highest priority key biodiversity areas and conservation corridors in the region. Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, as well as St Vincent and the Grenadines are also to benefit.

 

Journalist fellowship

  • The fellow will produce a series of five stories highlighting conservation efforts being undertaken in Jamaica.
  • The stories produced by the fellow will focus on the Cockpit Country-North Forest-Black River Great Morass conservation corridor.
  • The stories produced will also focus on activities undertaken under the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund project being implemented by Panos Caribbean, the details of which are provided above).
  • Stories may take the form of hard news, features and/or news features.

Duration

The fellowship will run from to June to August 31.

Who is eligible

Full-time journalists and freelancers.

Application

Interested journalists are asked to submit a letter of application and a copy of their résumé. Applications are to be submitted no later than May 25, 2013. DEADLINE EXTENDED TO JUNE 15, 2013.

Payment

Journalists will be paid a total of US$500.

Send applications to Mrs. Petre Williams-Raynor at petre@panoscaribbean.org.

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