Call for Applications: ON DEVELOPING INVESTIGATION MATERIALS ON HUMAN RIGHTS IN CLOSED INSTITUTIONS, AS SPECIAL SCHOOLS AND SPECIAL CARE INSTITUTIONS IN ARMENIA

1.Background

In December 2017, “Public Journalism Club” (PJC) NGO in consortium with the “For Equal Rights” NGO (FER) launched “A Public Glimpse into a Closed World: the Human Rights Institutions Closed Institutions in Armenia” two-year project financed by the European Union (EU) and co-funded by Open Society Foundations (OSF) – Armenia.

The overall objective of the project is to improve human rights situation at closed, including detention facilities, penitentiaries and psychiatric residential institutions, as well as special schools and special care centers through increasing public awareness and public debate to identify and publicly discuss relevant issues and possible solutions.

The specific objectives of the project are:

  • Enhance media professionals’ awareness of and ability to cover issues related to human rights situations at closed institutions;
  • Increase coverage and quality of reports on the human rights situation in closed institutions.

As a part of the project, the Public Journalism Club is announcing a call for proposals on development of investigative materials on human rights in above mentioned institutions.

2.Topics of Investigations and Expected Results

 Topics of journalistic investigations should cover issues related to human rights in closed institutions, as well as special schools and special care centers.

There are no restrictions on the format (article/article series, audio/video/ TV materials), size and/or duration of investigative material. However, applicants are required to provide clear justifications on relevance of the format, methods and activities required for covering proposed topic.

Expected outcomes of investigations are:

  • Present quality and balanced investigative materials on the situation of human rights in closed institutions as well as special schools and special care institutions,
  • Increase public attention to issues of human rights in above mentioned institutions,
  • Promote public debates on issues on and solutions for human rights in above mentioned institutions.

3.Timeline

Investigations should be published by November 1, 2018. The applicants should provide references assuring publication of the investigative material within the mention period.

4.Qualifications and experience required

Journalists / organizations interested in investigation should have:

 

  • high education in journalism,
  • at least 1 year experience in journalism; experience in investigative journalism will be considered as an advantage,
  • ability to collect facts on materials, conduct interviews as well as comprehensive research and analysis,
  • ability to write accurate stories/materials,
  • excellent knowledge of Armenian,
  • ability to work in strict deadlines and within team work environment,
  • excellent communication skills,
  • a reference from the media, that will guarantee publication of the investigative material within the abovementioned deadline

5.Required documentation, deadline and evaluation criteria

Interested journalists / organizations should submit their applications consisting of following documents:

1․ Technical proposal (maximum 3 pages)

The technical proposal should contain applicant’s / organization’s details, suggested investigation topic, importance of the topic as well as main methods/approaches for the investigation and action plan/timeline. The proposal should include justification of the suggested topic, proposed approaches and their efficiency for covering the suggested topic.

2․ Financial proposal (budget)

The financial proposal should describe financial resources required for the investigation, including journalist’s fee, expert’s fee, travel, accommodation expenses, purchase of data etc.

The total budget amount should not exceed 650,000 AMD which should include all taxes and mandatory payments.  The average budget for funding is 400.000 AMD.

3. Information on previous experience

Applicants should submit their and/or experts’ resumes (in case of organizations also description of similar work done previously), as well as a sample of published material/article on human rights, including the source/ling and publication date.

Submitted applications will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • technical proposal justification, including importance/relevance of the topic and issue, consideration of needs of women and vulnerable groups as well as investigation feasibility,
  • budget justification,
  • availability of relevant abilities and experience.

Applications should be developed in Armenian and sent to info@pjc.am by indicating “Application for Investigative Report” in the subject line of the e-mail by June 25 18:00. Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered.

An info session will take place at the Public Journalism Club (address Saryan 12, 3-rd floor) to discuss the issues related to the development and submission of applications, as well as organization and implementation of media investigation.

In case of questions regarding the development and submission of applications will contact Aleksey Petrosyan, PJC Senior Project Manager at alik.petrosyan@pjc.am.

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