Health journalism contest offers US study tour - Apply by May 20, 2013.

Professional and freelance journalists working in Sub-Saharan Africa, the Gulf states and Pakistan can enter a contest recognizing the best media coverage of vaccines and immunization.

Winners from each region will receive cash prizes and a two-week study tour to the United States to meet health experts.

Entries must relate to diseases that are preventable or treatable with vaccines, such as polio, measles and pneumonia. Possible topics include the discovery of new vaccines, testing of vaccines, public attitudes toward immunization, innovative approaches to delivery of vaccines or the efficacy or failure of immunization campaigns.

Eligible entries include print, broadcast or online media stories published or broadcast between March 15 and May 15, 2013, which includes World Immunization Week (April 24-30). The deadline for submitting stories is May 20, 2013.

The program is administered by the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) in Washington, in partnership with the African Health Journalists Association and the Arab Media Forum.

Entries must have appeared in media outlets based in each region or distributed mainly in the region. For Africa, submissions may be made in English, French, Portuguese or Amharic. For Pakistan, submissions may be made in English or Urdu. And for the Gulf States, submissions may be made in Arabic. Submissions in other languages must include an English translation.


• Entries may include feature articles, in-depth, investigative or explanatory stories, multimedia reports, documentaries or discussion programs.
• Stories must be well-researched and well-written or presented, and we encourage stories that use data, mapping and/or citizen voices to support their coverage.
• We are especially looking for stories that use innovative tools and techniques to engage or reach the public, such as Facebook chats, Twitter feeds or the use of text messaging to solicit citizen reports on the spread of preventable diseases.
• Applicants may submit more than one entry.
Winners will be announced July 1, 2013. Journalists and editors are encouraged to tweet about the contest when they publish their stories using the hashtag #vaccinestory.

For more information about this contest, click here

Create the Future of African Broadcasting at AfricaCast 2013 (co-located with AfricaCom)

12-14 November 2013, CTICC, Cape Town

Now in its third year, AfricaCast will continue to bring together the growing number of Sub-Saharan Africa’s major broadcasters, content owners, cable companies and pay TV providers. They will be joined by a number of global broadcasters and OTT players who are making inroads in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The growth of OTT players in Africa and the challenges around DTT continue to dominate discussion, and will be a major focus going forward. The agenda has been developed based on research with some of the key players in the African market and for the third year running this will be co-located with AfricaCom.

Source: africacast-event.com

Wild Talk Africa calls for pitches

The upcoming Wild Talk Africa Wildlife Film Festival and Conference is searching for natural history documentary and formats pitches for its pitching sessions.

The festival, running from July 23 to 26 in Durban, South Africa, has 12 project slots to fill for its pitching sessions. Submissions are now being accepted until June 6, and the filmmakers behind the top proposals will have the opportunity to pitch to a panel of commissioning editors.

Last year’s participants included commissioning editors from Animal Planet, NHK, the BBC’s NHU, National Geographic, Smithsonian Networks and NHU Africa.

Interested filmmakers should send a one-page project summary, photograph from the production, bio, and name and contact details for the person pitching, to lailah@wildtalkafrica.com. A short (five minutes  maximum) sample reel can also help, the organization said.

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Source: realscreen - April 24, 2013 by Kelly Anderson.

NFVF call for proposals from female filmmakers

The concept for the Female Only Filmmaker Project is to provide female writer/ director teams from the industry with an opportunity to make a film in collaboration with other women.