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CFI Voices in Exile Support Programme for Media and Journalists in Exile 2024

CFI Voices in Exile Support Programme for Media and Journalists in Exile 2024 – CFI, Reporters Without Borders (RSF), SINGA and Maison des journalistes (MDJ) are launching Voices in exile (“Voix en Exil”), a new project to support and accompany journalists and media in exile in Paris, supported by the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, in order to make France one of the main destinations for journalists in exile.

The role of journalists, media and civil society actors in exile is essential in disseminating reliable information to their fellow citizens who have remained in their country, to the diasporas, and to the rest of the world. Given the deterioration of the international context, the risk of a significant increase in the number of journalists and media forced to leave their countries is very high.

This project, with an initial duration of 3 years, will be launched in April 2024 and aims to:

  • Ensure the safety of journalists in exile in France;
  • Offer multidimensional support to journalists in exile in France wishing to continue their professional activity: socio-cultural support, psycho-social support, legal and administrative support, editorial, managerial and digital capacity building, networking, etc.;
  • Support these journalists in their professional careers and facilitate the realization of their projects, including the creation of new media;
  • Contribute to sharing and creating links with existing initiatives to support journalists and media in exile in Europe.

4 cohorts of 18 beneficiaries will be welcomed and supported as part of this project until March 2027.

This call for applications is dedicated to the first cohort of this project that will benefit from support between June 2024 and March 2025 (6-month support program followed by a 3-month post-program).

THE BENEFICIARIES

The support is offered to independent journalists in exile already present in France or in other Schengen countries, and who wish to continue their journalistic project. The journalist can indicate if he or she has a dependent family (consisting of spouse and children). The support provided will include, under certain conditions, accommodation for beneficiaries and their families. The person can also indicate their specific gender-related needs.

NB: Other calls for applications are planned from September 2024 and may concern journalists and media outlets in exile who do not reside in a Schengen country.

SUPPORT & GUIDANCE

Applicants will indicate the type(s) of support they wish to receive to pursue their journalistic project. The program will offer one or more types of support, depending on the needs expressed and the profiles of the candidates.

1- Support for daily life and installation in France:

  • Administrative support* ;
  • Social and cultural activities*;
  • French lessons;
  • Personalized psychological and psychosocial support;
  • Accommodation in “Ile-de-France” for some selected journalists and, under certain conditions, for their families (spouse and child).

2- Access to workspaces and equipment:

  • A laptop;
  • Access to a workstation and workspace*;
  • Access to audiovisual production studios (podcast, video)*.

3- Journalistic Capacity Building and Professional Support Program:

Within an incubator located in an ecosystem dedicated to creative industries and emerging media in Paris, several types of support will be offered to journalists, which they will be able to choose according to their needs:

  • Training (security, disinformation, fact-checking, audience and social networks, editorial management and strategy, quality of productions, etc.)*;
  • Mentoring and support for content production*;
  • Support for socio-professional integration (exchanges and collaborations with French and European media, participation in dedicated events);
  • Selective grants for content production.

4- Support in the ideation and development of the journalistic project: 

  • Workshops (administrative and financial management, business creation, viability of the business model, etc.);
  • One-on-one mentoring and coaching.

*For all project beneficiaries

DURATION AND LOCATION OF THE PROGRAM

The first cohort of the project will receive support and guidance between June 2024 and March 2025. The support program lasts 6 months (June 2024 to December 2024). The post-program lasts an additional 3 months (January 2025 to March 2025).

The workspaces, the support programs and most of the activities will take place in Paris, within the Gaité Lyrique.

Accommodation for the journalists concerned will be located in “Ile-de-France”.

CFI Voices in Exile Support Programme for Media and Journalists in Exile 2024 PROFILE & ELIGIBILITY

Applicants will be required to meet all of the following eligibility criteria:

  • You work as a journalist, you are from a country outside the European Union and are in exile because of your journalistic activities, and you wish to settle temporarily or in the longer term in France or in another country of the Schengen area;
  • You already have a refugee status, or a residence permit, issued by the French State or you already have a residence permit and a travel permit issued by another country in the Schengen area;
  • You have an information and/or a journalism project and are looking to develop it, whether it is in the process of being developed or at the initial stage of reflection. The accepted formats include in particular: written, audiovisual, photographic, press cartoons;
  • You want to take the time for several months to move forward on your project and/or to acquire new skills;
  • You undertake to respect the principles of ethics and editorial independence specific to journalism according to the Munich Charter of 1971;
  • You have a sufficient command of English and/or French (level B2 on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) as an oral working language (and you undertake to take French courses if necessary).

For more information on language levels: https://www.service-public.fr/particuliers/vosdroits/F34739

APPLICATION FILE

The application must contain:

  • The attached form duly completed;
  • Up-to-date CV;
  • Portfolio or examples of media content available online;
  • 2 professional references.

The application can be written in French or English and must be submitted via CFI’s secure call for applications platform.

SELECTION OF BENEFICIARIES

The selection of beneficiaries will be carried out in two stages:

  • Step 1: Pre-selection after study of the application file;
  • Step 2: Final selection of profiles after individual interview.

When selecting beneficiaries, the following will be given high priority:

1- The relevance and social impact, the informative vocation and the inclusive dimension of the proposed journalistic project:

  • It must be demonstrated that the project, whether it is already advanced or still in conceptualization, is particularly relevant and has a social impact and that it makes it possible to fight against disinformation, particularly in the candidate’s country of origin;
  • The project must allow target audiences (local or in other countries) to be informed;
  • The project must contribute to the diversity of points of view, societal representations and freedom of expression.

2- Needs in terms of support and accompaniment: support will be given in priority to those whose projects are consistent with the objectives of the project and who report difficulty in setting up or continuing their projects in their current conditions;

3- The integration of the issue of gender equality in the editorial treatment which contributes to the appropriation of this notion and fights against gender stereotypes.

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Applications from women journalists and journalists from marginalized communities (religious, ethnic, LGBTQ+, in particular) will be carefully considered in order to constitute diverse cohorts.

PRESELECTION COMMITTEE

The candidates’ application and file will be examined and decisions made by a panel composed of representatives of CFI, RSF, SINGA and Maison des journalistes, as well as an independent journalist.

The selection will be made on the basis of the relevance of the candidate’s profile and project.

EVALUATION CRITERIA

The evaluation criteria are:

Consistency and relevance of the candidate’s profile (/50)

  • Life course and reasons for exile (including in relation to the press freedom situation and the political situation in the country of origin);
  • Education and professional experience;
  • Level of journalism experience and journalistic portfolio;
  • Needs expressed, including gender-related needs and/or constraints and capacity to attend and adapt to the support program;
  • Motivation to join the program in France;
  • Availability to fully attend the program in France.

Coherence and relevance of the candidate’s journalistic project (/30)

  • Relevance and coherence of the project with the objectives of the program;
  • Degree of impact of the project (quality and balance of coverage, support for democracy and citizen participation, etc.);
  • Ability to address target audiences and, where applicable, existing community on social networks;
  • Experiences with independent media;
  • Journalistic specialization (OSINT/Investigation/fact-checking, etc.);
  • Sources/correspondents in the country of origin.

Oral interview of shortlisted candidates (/20)

For those shortlisted, an oral interview will take place online.

CALENDAR

The activities offered within the support program vary according to the needs of the selected beneficiaires. Each cohort benefits from a 6-months support program followed by a 3-months post-program.

For this first call for applications for the project, the provisional timetable is as follows:

April 8, 2024 Launch of the call for applications

April 18, 2024 Online information session in French and English

April 28, 2024 Deadline for receipt of applications

May 17 to 23, 2024 Online one-on-one interviews with preselected candidates

May 28, 2024 Announcement of results

From 3 June 2024 Arrival and start of support

For more information about your application, register for the online information and Q&A session organised on 18 April 2024: click here to register (surname, first name, email address)

If you have any other questions, please contact Indra El Hage: indra.elhage@cfi.fr

For more Information: Visit the website for CFI Voices in Exile Support Programme for Media and Journalists in Exile 2024

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