Wednesday, June 13, 2018

APPLY NOW: The Road Safety Journalism Fellowship Phase 3

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Road crashes are preventable, yet scores of people die and are injured on the country’s roads every day.

The World Health Organization (WHO) says about 7,000 Filipinos die each year and thousands more are injured or disabled due to road traffic crashes. Why is this so?

There are adequate laws designed to address the factors that contribute to road collisions, but poor enforcement and low public awareness of road safety rules, coupled with road users’ indifference towards safety regulations continue to pose problems.

The Road Safety Journalism Fellowship is a vehicle for writers from print, broadcast and online media to contribute to road safety through the production of in-depth stories in multi-media platforms.

The World Health Organization, in collaboration with the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and in partnership with VERA Files, is launching the third phase of the Road Safety Journalism Fellowship.

The Fellowship aims to strengthen the capacity of journalists to produce comprehensive news and feature articles and translate statistics on road injuries and deaths to human and public interest stories. The Program aims to generate interest in road safety reportage that is thorough, exhaustive and contextualized; one that goes beyond breaking news, body counts and police reports but which instead frames road safety as a public health and development issue.
Twenty-one media fellows from around metropolitan Manila and other parts of the country had taken part in the two programs (2015-2017). They produced close to 80 stories on road safety published in different news outlets and also disseminated online by VERA Files in a special Chit Estella Road Safety page (

The 2018 Fellowship is open to journalists from print, online and broadcast media, freelance writers and bloggers based in Metro Manila and Luzon.

Journalists with at least three years of reporting experience are invited to submit three story proposals (each story idea explained in 150-200 words) they wish to work on for the duration of the Fellowship.

The professional qualifications of the applicants will be taken into consideration in the selection, but the quality and substance of the story proposals will be given greater weight.

Deadline of submission has been extended toJune 25. For more details about the Fellowship, click on this link:

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