Kwashoggi Journalism Competition 2019

Kwashoggi Journalism Competition 2019

We are very pleased to inform interested persons be that applications are now open for the Kwashoggi Journalism Competition 2019. Threats, attacks, government oppression, a stubborn glass ceiling, accusations of fake news and a growing mistrust of the media all threaten press freedom around the world. Journalists often feel the greatest brunt of these attacks. In fact, at least 49 journalists have been killed for their work so far in 2018.

Our Jamal Khashoggi Award (“JKA”) for Courageous Journalism shows people that journalists are not going to step aside, cannot be silenced, and deserve to be recognized for their strength in the face of adversity. The Award honors the brave journalists who expose abuse of power and corruption, share difficult truths, discuss taboo topics and work in hostile environments. The JKA also recognize the pioneers who knocked down barriers to make it possible for people all over the world to find their voices and make themselves heard. For true Democracy to work, there must be a Free Press and we ask for your support.

Inti Raymi Fund (“IRF”) is a global human rights foundation based in Austin, Texas, USA. The IRF was founded by Mr. David McGrain (nicknamed CHIMU) in 2011, dedicated to respectful philanthropy based on human connection and dignity. The success IRF is achieving in 66 countries and 77 projects around the world are based on their unique approach which based on Dignity and Respect. They help by asking the recipients…“What do you need?” and “How can we Help?”, then listen and respond accordingly. They believe it is time to provide the People we help with Dignity and Respect in the process. This unique model gives us greater reach and sustainability, allowing us to have a greater impact in more countries.


The Jamal Khashoggi Award grants by Inti Raymi Fund will support five investigative journalistic projects with a maximum amount of 5000 U.S. dollars each; to cover out-of-pocket expenses such as travel, document collection, and equipment rental. ($2,500 upfront and $2,500 upon completion and publishing of the story)

The grant is intended for journalists and writers who are working on investigative projects related to human rights violations, women’s rights, human and sex trafficking, corruption and abuse of power, and climate change impact. Freelance or permanently employed individual journalists, or small teams of journalists can apply. Applicants must be published journalists with at least 2 years professional experience and a track record of prior publications. Applicants with no experience may be considered. Journalists who are not older than 35 years and who live and work as journalists are eligible to participate until the 15th January 2019.

Short Biography (In 200 words or less)
Why do you think you are the right person to receive the “Jamal Khashoggi Award for courageous journalism? (In 200 words or less)
Title of your investigation
Summary (In 500 words or less, summarize your proposed investigation).
Grant Proposal (Your grant proposal should explain the question your investigation seeks to answer, why you consider the project to be investigative in nature, what is new – especially if the topic has received some coverage – your reporting plan and potential impact. Be as specific as possible). Do not exceed 1000 words.
Budget (Your estimated budget should itemize expenses of reporting such as travel, document fees, equipment rentals, and small stipends). Identify other sources of funding (if applicable).
Work Sample (Name three published pieces that you are particularly proud of). Links with a brief description are sufficient.
References (Enter names, affiliations, and contact information for two references at least.) Do not submit reference letters.
Publisher, Outlet (Optional) (What is the publisher or outlet pledges its commitment to publish your investigation?). If applicable now.
Has the applicant received any grants or awards in the last 5 years? Tell us more. Do not exceed 200 words
Anticipated start and completion date. Ongoing investigation projects are accepted.
How did you hear about JKA?
Please send your answers, as well as your curriculum vitae (CV) in tabular form in a single PDFdocument attached to an e-mail to jka@intiraymifund.org. Deadline is January 15th, 2019.

JKA will not support any idea for investigation that is vague and based on wide generalities. Applicants must narrow their scope and present a focused plan to explore the issue they have chosen.

Visit the Official Website of the Kwashoggi Journalism Competition 2019 for more details.

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