Simon Cumbers Media Fund

Details of the 2011 rounds of the Simon Cumbers Media Fund will be announced at 2pm on Wednesday, 30th March 2011, at the Irish Aid Centre, 27-31 Upper O’Connell Street, Dublin 1.

The Simon Cumbers Media Fund promotes enhanced coverage of development issues in the Irish media through a grant scheme and was established by Irish Aid in 2005 in memory of the late Irish journalist and cameraman, Simon Cumbers.

During Wednesday’s launch, the Minister for State for Trade and Development, Jan O’Sullivan, will highlight the importance of sustained coverage of development issues; as well as the need for the media to cover positive stories about these countries so that the public can have a more rounded view of them. The Chairperson of the judging panel of the Simon Cumbers Media Fund, Bob Collins, will provide details of the 2011 round of the fund, including the themes and guidelines that must be observed by applicants.

Under the Simon Cumbers Media Fund, journalists are invited to submit proposals for coverage on a development issue, which will involve travel to a developing country. Average awards under the Fund are €3,200, and the closing date for receipt of applications for the first funding round in 2011 will be Friday, 22nd April.

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