The Simon Cumbers Media Fund

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August 25th, 2015

Winter round of Simon Cumbers Media Fund opens

Media professionals with an interest in reporting on issues in the developing world are invited to apply for funding under the winter 2015 round of Read more

August 18th, 2015

Fighting for justice in a nation of land wars and gender violence


by Sorcha Pollak
Standing on a white sand beach on the Honduran coast I took a deep breath as I dipped my toes Read more

August 5th, 2015

Uganda – a country of contrasts


by Eimear Lowe
There are few benefits to arriving into any country at 3am but in Uganda, it’s the absence of traffic.  My 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 Media Fund Blog

The 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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