Internews Georgia in partnership with Internews is launching the “Support for Truthful Reporting for Informed Neighbors in Georgia” (STRING) project to provide minority audiences with quality information on the developments in the South Caucasus region, including peace, security, tolerance, and conflict prevention, and help them avoid disinformation and propaganda.
IGE plans to award up to three sub-grants to national media organizations to produce in-depth, long-form stories (online and broadcast talk-shows, long-form video, audio, print or photo stories, interactive multimedia formats) on topics of importance to ethnic minority communities, including on issues related to the recent armed conflicts and post conflict developments in the South Caucasus region. These stories should be produced in collaboration with minority-language independent media outlets in the regions populated by ethnic minorities, and bring narratives from these communities to mainstream, Georgian-speaking audiences.
Partner national media may be television, radio, print and web-only media companies.
Selected media outlets will receive:
- Sub-grants to research, design, and produce a total of at least 3 in-depth stories each (see more under “Expected Products and Services” below);
- Editorial support to produce and distribute stories to audiences, as needed.
The maximum duration of grant will be 3 months (October – December, 2021). Selected media partners can apply for grants of up to USD 2,250.
- Expected Products and Services
Each outlet will produce at least three long-form stories (online and broadcast talk-shows, long-form video, audio, print or photo stories, interactive multimedia formats) on topics of importance to ethnic minority communities in Georgia’s minority populated regions, including on issues related to the recent armed conflicts and post conflict developments in the South Caucasus region. These stories should be produced in collaboration with minority-language independent media outlets in the regions populated by ethnic minorities.
The selected media outlets will receive sub-grants of USD 2,250. This amount will cover production of journalistic materials (at least 3 per media partner) and can include include salaries, honoraria, equipment, software, and other relevant costs.
Internews and Internews Georgia retain the right to request budget redesign.
- Journalistic Material Production
The final schedule of production will be determined together with the Internews and Internews Georgia after partners are selected. Stories will be published from October through December, 2021.
- Obligations and Responsibilities of Partner Media Outlets
- Produce journalistic materials (at least 3 per media outlet) on topics of importance to ethnic
- minority communities in the regions populated by ethnic minorities, including on issues related to the recent armed conflicts and post-conflict developments in the South Caucasus region;
- Collaborate with minority-language independent media outlets in the regions populated by ethnic minorities;
- Work with external mentors assigned to provide editorial assistance as well as assistance in content distribution, as needed;
- Publish and effectively distribute journalistic materials (at least 3 per partner) through national media partners’ own broadcast, print and web platforms and through partner minority media channels;
- Periodic reporting on activities and expenses in an established format.
- The national independent media outlet, which may represent print, radio, television or online media;
- Reputation and proven dedication to the professional journalistic standards and ethics;
- 3 years of operational media experience or equivalent preferred;
- Flexibility and ability to work under the pressure of deadlines.
- Selection Criteria
Applications will be evaluated based on the quality of the technical application and the quality of the financial application.
Winners will be designated by the project’s Steering Committee based on a points system, as follows:
- Professionalism of the contest participant – the outlet has capacity to finalize the project; reputation and proven dedication to the journalistic standards and ethics; clear-cut team roles for the project; evidence that the applicant has sufficient technical abilities and experience to produce successful journalistic materials in minority languages, demonstrated understanding of the project goals – maximum 25 points;
- Quality of the portfolio (quality of the journalistic materials in the portfolio) – maximum 25 points;
- Quality of the general concept of producing journalistic materials, specifically well-formulated two story ideas (clarity and coherence of the concept proposed, novelty/originality of the proposed concept, demonstrated understanding of topics of local interest in minority regions) – maximum 40 points;
- Budget reasonability and efficiency, showing maximum usage of available resources that does not exceed USD 2,500 – maximum 10 points;.
- Deadline for Submission of Applications
Offers shall be emailed in Georgian language to Tiko Nachkebia (Email: email@example.com) by September 25, 2021 at 18:00, or presented in person at the Internews Georgia office at the following address:11 Andria Apakidze, Tiflis Business Center, Tbilisi.