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Call for Proposals: Independent Media Organizations and Property Rights

Deadline: 1 May 2017

The Pulitzer Center is currently inviting applicants from independent media organizations with creative ideas to innovatively surface and report information on property rights and land-related issues in their region.

Applicants understand which forms of engagement best suit applicant’s audience and local context— print (newspapers, news magazines,) broadcast (radio and television,) and/or digital and mobile publication. The program is open to pitches that involve innovative and creative approaches to storytelling that may include, for example, the use of crowd-sourced content, smartphone and online apps, open and transparent databases, animations, data visualisations, sensor reporting, as well as aerial photography or geospatial imagery.

Funding Information

The Pulitzer Center will award three grants for a total of $25,000.

Eligibility Criteria

This grant opportunity is intended for independent media organisations based outside the United States. The Pulitzer Center is eagerly waiting for proposals from enterprising news media collectives that will reveal new perspectives and increase transparency about under-reported property rights issues, such as land tenure, indigenous land rights, land deals, concessions, resource rights, and overlapping land use rights— just to name a few.

Selection Criteria

-Committed to providing credible, independent news, information or public interest debate.
-Independent from the government or of any other political or economic interest group.
-Supportive of democratic practices and institutions, political pluralism, transparency, human rights, including the rights of women and minorities, and inter-ethnic coexistence.
-Legally registered, except in extraordinary circumstances.
-In regular operation for at least one year. A record of quality journalism and reporting. In compelling circumstances, this requirement may be waived.

How to Apply

Interested applicants must apply online via given website.

For more information, please visit Pulitzer Center.

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