The fellowship will provide an opportunity for journalists to take a deep dive into Bangladesh’s multifaceted WASH landscape. Targeted towards young media professionals.
COVID-19 is threatening all countries in the world to different extents and different ways. The scale and scope of the crisis require a holistic and flexible, well-integrated, multi-sector approach that will not only help contain the spread of COVID-19 but will also respond to the socio-economic impacts of the pandemic. Contribution of WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) in the COVID-19 response is primarily by promoting good hygiene and particularly by ensuring frequent and proper handwashing, which has been shown as one of the most important measures to prevent infection from the virus. While governments and WASH practitioners are playing their part in enabling and prioritising the provision of safe water, sanitation, and hygienic conditions for all during the COVID-19 outbreak, there is scope for further awareness building by engaging media journalists to play a meaningful role to aware people on preventive and curative measures against the coronavirus.
Who can be a fellow?
Young journalists (between the age of 18-35) with proven interest or activism in WASH issues locally and nationally.
Over 2 years of experience working as a journalist in print, television or online media channels.
Experience having published news on social/development issues (a minimum of 5 articles published previously; links to be provided with application form).
Stronghold and fluent in either one of the languages: English or Bangla.
Able to commit to 4 months of engagement with WaterAid (November 2020-February 2021).
Have approval from the respective organisation’s Editor or Head of News (needs to be provided to WaterAid in writing on company letterhead along with application form).
Application, selection and engagement details
An online application form will need to be filled to take part in the fellowship; the form available here.
Applications must be submitted by 5.00pm on 29 November 2020.
Applicants must attach with the application form links to previously published 5 articles on social/development issues.
Applicants must attach with the application form an approval letter from Editor or Head of News stating consent to participate in the fellowship.
Once selected, all fellows must participate in a half day workshop as part of the fellowship.
Failure to take part in the workshop will automatically disregard them from the fellowship.
Fellows must take part in a two day field visit in an urban/rural location where WaterAid is currently working (location details will be confirmed after the workshop). All expenses related to the visit will be borne by WaterAid.
All fellows will be required to submit three reports after the workshop and field visit in consultation with WaterAid. Failure to submit less than three reports will disqualify participants from the programme and no fellowship reward will be awarded.