[URBANTH-L]Katrina Media Fellowships (for documentary film)

Angela Jancius acjancius at ysu.edu
Tue Jan 31 22:20:27 EST 2006

This may interest visual anthropologists  - AJ

The Open Society Institute (OSI) is pleased to announce a one-time
fellowship competition in response to critical issues of poverty, 
racism, and government neglect that were laid bare by Hurricane Katrina.

The Katrina Media Fellowships
(http://www.soros.org/initiatives/justice/focus_areas/katrina) will 
support media makers working in photography, print and radio journalism, 
and documentary film and video to generate and improve media coverage 
of issues exposed by Katrina and to stimulate and sustain a national 
conversation on these issues.

Applicants may propose projects that expand and deepen the public's
understanding of race and class inequalities that were brought to light 
by Katrina's aftermath. Applicants may also propose projects that 
address the government's response to problems caused or illuminated by 
Katrina, the use or misuse of public funds, the role of private 
contractors, the effectiveness of clean-up and rebuilding efforts, 
citizen involvement in these efforts, and lessons learned that should 
inform the handling of future natural and man-made disasters. In 
addition, applicants may propose projects that draw attention to
OSI's current or past programmatic priorities using Katrina as the
frame. These priorities include, but are not limited to, access to legal 
services and government assistance, criminal justice reform, improving 
end-of-life care and access to health care, and education reform.

OSI expects to award 12 to 15 fellowships in mid-May 2006. Fellows will
receive between $15,000 and $35,000 to carry out projects in 
photography, print, radio, and documentary film and video production. 
Award amounts will cover a stipend and project expenses and will vary 
depending on the project duration, medium, and costs involved. The 
fellowship term is one year and begins June 15, 2006.
OSI will give special consideration to applicants who have been
displaced from or are residents of the Gulf Region.

Application deadline is 5:00 p.m. EST on Friday, March 31, 2006.

For more information and a link to the fellowship guidelines, please
visit the Katrina Media Fellowship website at:


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