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April 26th, 2016

Living in the aftermath of the Nepalese earthquake

by Aisling Hussey
Yesterday marked the first anniversary of the Nepalese earthquake, which resulted in the death of over 8,000 people and widespread destruction in Read more

April 25th, 2016

14 journalists awarded funding under winter 2015 round

Fourteen journalists have been awarded funding under the winter 2015 round of the Simon Cumbers Media Fund. The Fund was set up by Irish Aid, Read more

April 12th, 2016

Lessons from Sierra Leone

by Cian Kearns
The best laid plans…
My trip to Sierra Leone almost never took place. During the summer of 2014, the West African Ebola Read more



What is the Media Fund all about?

In 2005, a little over a year after the tragic death of Irish journalist Simon Cumbers, Irish Aid established the Simon Cumbers Media Fund to honour his memory. The aim of the Fund is to assist and promote more and better quality media coverage of development issues in the Irish media. Two rounds of funding are allocated every year: one in summer, and one in winter.

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About Simon Cumbers

Originally from Navan, Co. Meath, Simon Cumbers was an experienced journalist, whose career took him from newspaper and radio reporting in Ireland to reporting and producing for ITN and Channel 4 Daily – amongst others – in the UK.

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The Simon Cumbers Media Fund Blog

The Simon Cumbers Media Fund blog contains updates from journalists in the field and serves as a forum in which funded journalists can share information and advice with each other.

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