Call for Applicants - Visitors Programme to Germany for Indonesian Investigative Journalists

Investigative journalism means the unveiling of matters that are concealed either deliberately by someone in a position of power, or accidentally, behind a chaotic mass of facts and circumstances - and the analysis and exposure of all relevant facts to the public. In this way, investigative journalism crucially contributes to freedom of expression and freedom of information, which are at the heart of UNESCO’s mandate.

The German National Commission for UNESCO with the assistance from UNESCO Office in Jakarta are supporting a visitors’ exchange programme for up to four mid-career Indonesian journalists (editor level) working on investigative journalism to visit selected German news media outlets as part of a mutual learning experience and sharing of good practices on investigative journalism.

The programme aims to:

  • Identify good practices to improve sustainability of media business, in particular in the area of investigative journalism and disseminate them widely.
  • Strengthen network and collaboration between Indonesia and Germany media practitioners.

The programme envisages visits to German news outlets based in Hamburg, Bonn and Berlin (to be confirmed). Furthermore, to ensure the programme yields shareable knowledge, the visit will be accompanied by a media researcher to help systematically document the good practices in investigative journalism identified and discussed during the interaction between Indonesian and German media professionals. The documented good practice will be widely shared with other media practitioners later in both countries.

Practical information:
Duration: 10 days (excluding travel from Indonesia to Germany)
Period: late-November to early-December 2018
Cost: The cost of day-to-day living, accommodation, and local transport for the visitors will be borne by the German National Commission for UNESCO. Meanwhile, to illustrate equal partnership and commitment to the programme, the cost of the air-travel will be borne by the Indonesian media outlets.
Eligibility: This programme is open to investigative journalists belonging to a recognized journalistic association or media organization. Freelancers with proven record of investigative journalism may also apply.
Visa: Applicants are responsible for visa application through normal channels. However, the German National Commission for UNESCO as the local host will provide a letter of support to facilitate the process.

UNESCO supports gender equality in its programme and activities. The selection process will follow a gender balance approach.

Interested candidate should submit, by email, a letter of support from the company (or letter of motivation for individual application) and a recent CV before 12 September 2018 to:

Dr. Ming-Kuok LIM
Advisor for Communication and Information
UNESCO Office in Jakarta

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