Foundation launches Aries Rufo journalism fellowship
MANILA, Philippines – The Journalism for Nation Building Foundation (JNBF) on Thursday, September 19, launched the Aries Rufo Investigative and Explanatory Reporting Fellowship Program for Filipino journalists who want to pursue and write stories on social issues, government institutions, or politics.
The fellowship is in honor of the late investigative reporter Aries Rufo, who wrote for Newsbreak and Rappler on various sectors, such as the church, judiciary, and elections. The award-winning journalist passed away 4 years ago on September 19, 2015.
Fellowship grants will be awarded to 4 journalists from across the Philippines who will demonstrate long-standing interest in pursuing investigative and explanatory reports on various issues concerning key social institutions, such as the national and local government, military, churches, etc.
The fellowship program will run in two cycles in 2020. Two fellows – one based in Manila and one in the province – will be chosen for each cycle.
Each fellow will receive a maximum budget of P100,000, broken down as:
- P70,000 professional fee, to be released in tranches
- P30,000 research, transportation, and communication allowance (P1,000 daily for 30 days, subject to liquidation)
How to apply
Interested applicants must fill up the application form at http://shorturl.at/jpQT3 and submit the following:
- A story proposal, including a research plan and timetable for the investigation.
- For applicants employed in news organizations, a letter of commitment from his/her editor and/or publisher that:
- The fellow will be granted leave or a reduced workload, or will be allowed to focus on this project for the 30-day duration of the fellowship to be able to do his/her story.
- The fellow’s output and any followup stories directly related to the topic of the investigative report will be published in his/her publication, even sister publication/s.
- For freelance applicants, names of at least two news organizations (either print or online) where they wish to publish their work (apart from Rappler).
Deadlines and fellowship schedule
- Deadline for application: November 8, 2019
- Start of actual work (including plan fine-tuning, research, investigative fieldwork, and writing): January 6, 2020
- Deadline for application: April 10, 2020
- Start of actual work (including plan fine-tuning, research, investigative fieldwork, and writing): July 6, 2020
The chosen fellows must spend the first 3 days of the fellowship at the Rappler office in Pasig City to work with an assigned mentor. The program will shoulder the fellow’s hotel accommodation and food, and the two-way airfares of those who will come from the provinces.
The JNBF is an independent, non-profit organization that produces public-interest works in various platforms. Founded in August 2011, the foundation seeks to promote in-depth journalism that provides context to important issues and pushes for greater transparency and accountability of officials and institutions.
The foundation was established by the team behind Newsbreak, an investigative reporting group which is now part of Rappler. Its current board of trustees members are Marites Dañguilan Vitug, Gemma Bagayaua-Mendoza, Miriam Grace A. Go, Maan Hontiveros, and Carmela Fonbuena.
JNBF is the publisher of Rufo's ground-breaking book, Altar of Secrets: Sex, Money and Politics in the Philippine Catholic Church.
For more information on the fellowship program, email email@example.com. – Rappler.com