The Simon Cumbers Media Fund

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June 19th, 2017

Challenging gender inequality in Vietnam

Winter 2016 applicant Clifford Coonan travelled to Vietnam to report on women’s unpaid work and its effects on gender inequality. Clifford’s work was published in Read more

June 15th, 2017

Trade in communist Vietnam

Winter 2016 recipient Aisling Hussey travelled to Vietnam to report on the impact trade is having on the country and its people. She had two Read more

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The aim of the Simon Cumbers Media 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. The winter 2016 round closed on Wednesday, 26th October.

The summer 2017 round of the Fund is now closed. 

Thank you to those who applied for this year’s event. We will be in touch when the judges have made their decision.

The winter 2017 round will open later in the year.

Any media organisation, media professional or media student can apply for funding.  Applications for print or broadcast projects are accepted, as well as for photographic and new media projects.  Collaborative applications are also encouraged, for example, a joint application from a photographer and a print journalist.

All applicants are eligible to apply for funding to cover photographic exhibition costs, provided there is a photographic element in their main project proposal, and the applicant clearly sets out how they will use the exhibition to increase the reach of the project and raise understanding of development issues. Budget guidelines are available to download here.

Successful applications are chosen by a judging panel made up of representatives from Irish Aid, the Cumbers Family and a number of individual media and development experts.  Applications are assessed by the judging panel for evidence of the following:

  • Innovation in treatment of development themes.
  • Innovation in project approach.
  • Demonstrated experience and evidence of relevant expertise.
  • Collaboration across various types of media.
  • Estimated audience / readership reach.
  • Likely position on broadcast schedule / prominence in publication or online media.
  • Value for money.

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