The Environmental Rights Action and the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Center (ERA/CISLAC) project is currently receiving applications for the inaugural Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (CTFK) – funded   Journalist Fellowship on Investigative Reporting on Tobacco Control Issues in Nigeria.
The Fellowship grant is part of CTFK’s efforts to build the capacity of the Nigerian media to report on tobacco control from an informed perspective in line with its fight to reduce tobacco use and its deadly toll around the world. The Fellowship is also aimed at building and improving the public’s awareness on tobacco control and its related issues.
For the purpose of this Fellowship, ERA/CISLAC is inviting journalists working with national print media organisations to send in story ideas revolving around the following issues/themes:
•    Tobacco Farming
•    Tobacco & Health
•    Marketing of Tobacco to Minors
•    Tobacco Smuggling
•    Tobacco Industry’s Corporate Social Responsibility
•    Tobacco Prevalence
•    National Tobacco Control Bill Legislative Process

Entry Format

To be considered for the Fellowship, Journalists must send in a short synopsis or proposal, outlining the topic they seek to pursue. The synopsis should include proposed places to be visited, persons to be interviewed, a list of planned photos to go with the story and other fact-finding activities.
In addition, a tentative schedule and a budget for necessary expenses to implement the story should be included.
Submission should not exceed 1,000 words, and must be sent in electronic format to no later than December 16th 2013 by 5 pm local Nigeria time.

Selection Criteria
A team of senior and experienced journalists with various wealth of experience in tobacco control issues will examine the entries to pick out the BEST SIX. The panel will only entertain story ideas sent in electronic format (not exceeding 1,000 words).
Successful candidates will be announced on January 6th, 2014 and will be eligible for a grant of between US$700-US$1,000 each to implement their story ideas.
The proposed entries and all enquiries should be sent to:
We look forward to receiving your entries.

Philip Jakpor
Head of Media

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