Dear Moving Walls friends and colleagues,
The Open Society Institute (OSI) is pleased to announce a one-time fellowship competition in response to critical issues of poverty, racism, and government neglect that were laid bare by Hurricane Katrina. The Katrina Media Fellowships will support media makers working in photography, print and radio journalism, and documentary film and video to generate and improve media coverage of issues exposed by Katrina and to stimulate and sustain a national conversation on these issues.
Applicants may propose projects that expand and deepen the publicâ€™s understanding of race and class inequalities that were brought to light by Katrinaâ€™s aftermath. Applicants may also propose projects that address the governmentâ€™s response to problems caused or illuminated by Katrina, the use or misuse of public funds, the role of private contractors, the effectiveness of clean-up and rebuilding efforts, citizen involvement in these efforts, and lessons learned that should inform the handling of future natural and man-made disasters. In addition, applicants may propose projects that draw attention to OSIâ€™s current or past programmatic priorities using Katrina as the frame. These priorities include, but are not limited to, access to legal services and government assistance, criminal justice reform, improving end-of-life care and access to health care, and education reform.
OSI expects to award 12 to 15 fellowships in mid-May 2006. Fellows will receive between $15,000 and $35,000 to carry out projects in photography, print, radio, and documentary film and video production. Award amounts will cover a stipend and project expenses and will vary depending on the project duration, medium, and costs involved. The fellowship term is one year and begins June 15, 2006. OSI will give special consideration to applicants who have been displaced from or are residents of the Gulf Region.
Application deadline is 5:00 p.m. EST on Friday, March 31, 2006.
For more information and a link to the fellowship guidelines, please visit the Katrina Media Fellowship website at: www.soros.org/initiatives/justice/focus_areas/katrina.
Please distribute to anyone who you feel would be interested.
Program Assistant, Documentary Photography Project
Open Society Institute
400 West 59th Street
New York, NY 10019
(212) 548-4677 fax
[a former member]
2006-01-26 03:56:27 UTC
Jun 24 2006