Applications to the 2012 / 2013 Simon Cumbers Media Fund Student Scheme are now closed. This year was the second time that a student scheme was offered as part of the Fund. Under this scheme, third-level students were encouraged to submit a media proposal focusing on development issues.
Three awards will be granted in the 2012 / 2013 student round: one in a ‘Print’ category, one in a ‘Broadcast’ category, and one in an ‘Online’ category. As per the main fund, all entries will be assessed by a judging panel made up of representatives from Irish Aid, the Cumbers’ family, and individual media experts.
The successful student applicants will be awarded the opportunity to travel to a developing country to research and produce their media project. In addition, they will also have the chance to see their work broadcast or published in a national media outlet once they have produced their final project. To this end, Newstalk is the media partner for the broadcast project, while The Irish Times is the media partner for the print project, and Storyful.com is the media partner for the online project.
Successful students will also receive guidance and mentoring from journalists within three of Ireland’s leading media organisations: Newstalk Producer, Susan Cahill; The Irish Times, Foreign Policy Editor, Paddy Smyth; and Managing Editor of Storyful.com, Markham Nolan.
In putting together their proposals, students were encouraged to refer to the supporting materials page for further details on preparing for their budget and to Irish Aid’s partner countries page on the nine countries in which they should base their applications on.
Successful applicants to the 2012 / 2013 Student Scheme will be notified in early-April 2013.
Please Note:The views and opinions expressed in articles funded under the Simon Cumbers Media Fund and the Simon Cumbers Media Fund student scheme are those of the journalist and / or their interviewees. They do not necessarily reflect the views of Irish Aid, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade or the Irish Government.