Call for Applications: ANFREL SEA Media Fellowship on Election Reporting

The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL), the leading election monitoring group in Asia, is proud to launch its pilot media fellowship on election reporting for Southeast Asian journalists.

The fellowship program seeks to equip journalists from independent news outlets and freelance journalists in empowering the electorate through crucial reporting of underrepresented voices and underreported issues during elections.

ANFREL believes that the media play important roles during elections in helping the electorate make informed decisions and in monitoring the electoral process against irregularities and corruption. This fellowship will reinforce and strengthen the important roles the media play in ensuring free and fair elections in the region.

The selected media fellows will undergo training from election specialists selected by ANFREL to hone their skills and learn about the technical aspects of electoral processes. They will also pursue reporting of election-related issues with mentorship and guidance from the ANFREL team and a dedicated editor/media specialist.

Successful applicants should be able to demonstrate experience in reporting on elections or related stories, confirm their commitment to the fellowship, and present an editorial plan for an in-depth story or series of stories that they will pursue throughout the program.

Applications must be sent to anfrel@anfrel.org with the subject "ANFREL SEA Media Fellowship Application". The deadline for submitting applications is on 31 August 2021, 5 p.m. (Bangkok time).

Shortlisted applicants will be scheduled for interviews in September 2021. The media fellowship program will run from September 2021 to January 2022 included.

Theme: Elections amid the COVID-19 pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused the disruption of everyday life. The crisis has initially made states and territories around the world cancel their scheduled elections. But as some have taken risks, many are following their example by holding elections amid the so-called “new normal.” The restrictions in place to curb the pandemic, however, have posed certain challenges to the electorate and the electoral processes.

Eligibility

➜ Journalists from small independent media outlets, local-based community media, or freelance working in ASEAN countries (Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam) and Timor Leste.
➜ At least three years of demonstrable experience in reporting elections, politics, and/or human rights issues.

Requirements

➜ Application statement which expresses your interest in the program and demonstrates your experience and background as a journalist.
➜ Resume with contact information of at least two character references.
➜ Links to portfolio/sample works.
➜ An editorial plan for a story or series of stories related to the theme that you wish to pursue under the program containing the statement of the issue and how you plan to approach the story.
➜ As available fellow positions are limited, ANFREL also invites applicants to present how they plan to share what they learn from the program with their organization and/or community.
➜ Waiver from your media outlet, if applicable.

Support offered by ANFREL to successful applicants:

➜ Training and mentorship.
➜ Financial and editorial support for the production of a story/series of stories on election-related issues.

This program is made possible thanks to the generous support of the Mission of Canada to ASEAN.

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