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Voices in Exile – Support Program for Media and Journalists in Exile

Application Deadline: April 28, 2024 

CFI, Reporters Without Borders (RSF), SINGA and Maison des journalistes (MDJ) are launching Voices in exile (“Voix en Exil”),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.

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

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.

Eligibility Requirements

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).

Benefits

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

Application Procedure:

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.

More Info: Voices in Exile – Support Program

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