Elizabeth R Media Fund Launches Digital Challenge, Calls for Entries


download (2)The Elizabeth R Media Fund is launching a new competition aimed at providing young and aspiring media managers from the Commonwealth with the skills and tools necessary to help their organisations face the digital challenges in their countries.

The companions will afford competitors the opportunity to discuss the needs of a free and competitive media across the Commonwealth.

The overall winner will be invited to spend a week’s intensive study of UK media organisations in London, with all expenses paid, during the week of the Commonwealth Summit scheduled to hold in London in April, 2018.

It will be followed by 12 months’ mentoring by industry professionals overseen by the Thomson Foundation – the world’s longest-established media development organisation.

To enter for the competition, applicants should submit a 400-word statement, outlining a challenge posed to their organization or media sector in their country, along with a potential business case for how it could be addressed. Twenty applicants will be chosen to take three online modules in digital skills and newsroom management from the Thomson Foundation’s online Journalism Now program.

Interested applicants must be journalists and media managers working for a media organisation in the public or private sectors and citizens of a Commonwealth member country, excluding the UK.

Applicants must be aged between 28 and 35, on April 1st, 2018. The competition organisers may request documentation to verify an applicant’s age and employment status.

Prospective applicants should submit their initial entry by midnight GMT on Friday, November 3rd, 2017. Shortlisted applicants must be able to take the online modules between November 15, 2017 and January 31, 2018.

For more information, and to apply, please visit: http://www.thomsonfoundation.org/competitions/elizabeth-r-media-fund/