The Gabriel García Márquez Fellowship for Journalists, Columbia

Deadline: October 2nd
Open to: 20 cultural journalists worldwide
Support:  Full stipend for period January 7 -27, 2013 in Cartagena de Indias and Barranquilla (Colombia)

Journalists worldwide can apply for a one-month fellowship in Colombia. The Gabriel García Márquez Fellowship in Cultural Journalism will be divided into three modules: Music, Popular Culture and Literature. All modules will be coordinated by FNPI teacher Héctor Feliciano and the American journalist Jonathan Levi. In addition, each module will include guest experts, both national and international.

A total of 20 journalists will be selected and split in two groups of 10. During the first week, the first group will work on the music module.  During the third week, the second group will work on the literature module.  During the second week, both groups will work together on the popular culture module.

La Fundación Nuevo Periodismo Iberoamericano and the Ministerio de Cultura de Colombia are offering the Gabriel García Márquez scholarship on cultural reporting.

The fellowship will take place January 7-27 of 2013 in Cartagena de Indias and Barranquilla. Participants will receive training on cultural reporting, and will have the chance to report and produce their own stories. Twenty journalists will be selected. Applicants must be fluent in English, have at least three years of experience and have published stories in print or digital media.

Applicants must fill out the registration form through the FNPI system and attach:

  • An autobiography, between 400 and 800 words (in English, Spanish or Portuguese), stressing both journalistic experience in the cultural field (music or literature according to the module chosen) and reasons for wanting to attend the fellowship. With this text we want to evaluate your narrative skills and your ability to construct a engaging reportage. Try your best! This essay is the most important criterion for selection and should be prepared prior to completing the form online. Conventional resumes will not be taken into account.
  • A letter of support that certifies employment with the media for which you work. In the case of freelancers, we require certification from the media that you have published there during the previous six months. In both instances, the letter must specify that the media is committed to publishing the articles you produce during the fellowship, as long as they comply with their editorial politics
  • A piece of reportage or other articleof your authorship that has been published in the past year. This text must focus on either music or literature depending on the module chosen by the applicant.NOTE: Only online registration is valid, made via the registration form on the website of FNPI. Registrations by fax, email or postal mail, will not be accepted.

Registration and support

Thanks to the support of the Ministry of Culture of Colombia, the participants will not have to pay a registration fee for this activity. They will also receive the following financial support:

• Roundtrip ticket, economy class
• Accommodation in a single room during the term of the fellowship
• International medical insurance during the term of the fellowship
• Refreshments daily, a welcome dinner, a farewell dinner for each group, and a lunch to introduce both groups in Barranquilla
• Working materials.
• Press credentials for access to the festivals and artists.

More information about how to apply HERE


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