Application for ACME's Enhanced Media Reporting for Transparency and Accountability (EMERTA) fellowship on public policy reporting
It will take a maximum of 30 minutes for you to complete this form. Provide ALL information. The more detailed your application is, the higher your chances of selection for this fellowship programme.

Incomplete forms with unanswered or partially answered questions will not be considered at all.

Email address *
Bio data
First name *
Surname *
Gender *
Age *
Primary email address *
Primary phone number *
Alternative phone number
Name, address and phone number of the newspaper, radio, TV station or online news platform for which primarily work. *
What is your current position at the media house named above? *
How long have you been in your current position? *
What is the name of the city or town in which you work? *
Name, position and contact of your editor, manager or supervisor *
Professional background
Please answer in full and answer honestly. ACME will contact your media house to verify the claims made in your application.

Feel free to provide any information about awards, achievements and or previous participation in similar programmes that may show your capacity to fully participate in our fellowship.

In no more than 250 words, please provide your professional biography, focusing the highlights of your career to date. One sentence answers to this question will be disregarded. *
In no more than 250 words, explain why you are interested in this fellowship and how it will assist in strengthening your reporting and contribute to your career growth. *
In no more than 250 words, describe your background and interest in public policy. This is intended to convince the judging panel of your enthusiasm for reporting on this subject. (Feel free to use past examples of work done on this issue and or questions about the subject that you are currently exploring for your work.) *
Story pitch
In this section of your application, you will be required to submit a full story pitch that will be the basis of your study after the conclusion of the first half of the fellowship.

Please provide as much detail as is requested. The strength of your story pitch is essential in assessing your participation in the fellowship.

Give a catch phrase/key words or a preliminary idea for a working headline for your story. (One sentence) *
What is the story about? What is the key issue? (A few sentences) *
What is new and/or surprising about this story? Why is it worth covering now as opposed to last month, last year or two years from now, and what, if anything, would your audience be surprised to learn in this story? (BE SURE TO BACK UP CLAIMS ABOUT CHANGE WITH EVIDENCE, HOWEVER PRELIMINARY IT MAY BE.) *
What is the significance of this story? Why does it matter? (THIS IS WHERE YOU SHOW THE IMPORTANCE OF THE STORY OR DEVELOPMENT YOU ARE COVERING.) *
What questions will you attempt to answer in order to deliver depth? (E.g. What are the causes of this? How does it work? What are the hidden interests behind this? Where is it coming from?) *
What type of story will you be doing? (E.g. A special investigative report, a series, a documentary, a multimedia report, talk shows, a combination of reports, etc..) *
What reporting methods do you plan to employ to deliver the story? Explain how these reporting methods will add value to your story. (E.g. Review or analysis of reports, interviews, data mining, etc.) *
What sources and resources do you plan to use to prepare this story? List a few of them, both documentary and human, you plan to draw on, showing how and/or what you will use them for. *
How long will it take you to deliver the story? *
What is your estimated budget for the story? Provide a detailed breakdown and explain why external funding is needed to deliver this story. Also supply any financial or material support you may receive from your media house to this end. *
Congratulations! You have reached the last part of your application. Please provide all supporting documents requested below to ensure your eligibility.
Work Samples: Please provide THREE samples of your best and/or most current stories on public policy. The stories should bear proof of 'authorship' and date of publication or broadcast. Samples should be submitted as web links (URLs). We recommend SoundCloud for radio samples and YouTube for video samples. Material that is not available online should be sent by email to: and or delivered to ACME offices in Bunga. (If it is offline material, please type OFFLINE in the text boxes. Ensure that you follow up with delivery or your application will be considered incomplete and discounted. *
Editorial support statement:Please confirm that you have sent a letter of support from your editor (signed and written on official headed paper) to with a copy to (Enter the word 'done' if you have.) You are requested to confirm this with your editor. Any applicants who do not provide this letter will not be eligible for this fellowship. *
A copy of your responses will be emailed to the address you provided.
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