Cancerworld Journalist Grant

Cancer World established a program to encourage high-quality reporting on cancer. Print, broadcast and new media journalists are invited to apply for a CancerWorld Journalist Grant that will enable them complete a reporting project on a particular topic relating to cancer. We are looking for projects that explore systemic issues that have a significant impact on cancer patients and that provide comprehensive coverage on the topic rather than short spot-reports from the field.

The next call for applications for a CancerWorld Journalist Grant will be annnounced soon.

The 2015 CancerWorld Journalist Grant was assigned to Sophie Fessl from Austria for her story proposal on the problem of drug development in paediatric oncology, where survival rates have stalled over the past 10 years. Sophie was awarded a grant of 2100 eurosand plans to interview academic researchers, industry representatives and parents, to explore where the development of drugs for childhood cancers is failing, and look at what changes could be made, including to legal and regulatory frameworks, to speed up progress.

In accordance with the terms of the grant, Sophie will be looking to publish the piece in a variety of mass media outlets, including some of the top online popular science magazines and blogs as well as a leading news and analysis weekly and a daily paper in her home country, Austria.

Sophie’s article will also be published in Cancer World, later in the year.

What is the CancerWorld Journalist Grant?

The CancerWorld Journalist Grant was created in order to encourage high-quality reporting on cancer. Print, broadcast and new media journalists are invited to apply for a CancerWorld Journalist Grant that will enable them complete a reporting project on a particular topic relating to cancer. We are looking for projects that explore systemic issues that have a significant impact on cancer patients and that provide comprehensive coverage on the topic rather than short spot-reports from the field.

Who can apply for a Cancer World Journalist Grant?

The grant is open to print, broadcast and new media journalists. Preference will be given to early- to mid-career journalists who are based in Europe and are freelancers.

What do the winners of the CancerWorld Journalist Grant receive?

The amount of grant awarded will depend on the specific proposal and successful applicants will receive a grant of up to 2,500 Euro, half to be paid in advance and the remainder on submission of the principal material for publication or broadcast. Recipients of the grant will be required to complete their project within an agreed time-frame and submit their articles, radio reports or videos for publication in Cancer World magazine and on the CancerWorld website. CancerWorld magazine will give grant recipients the right to reproduce articles/videos through other media channels. Grant recipients must use their grants within 6 months of receiving confirmation that their application has been successful.

How will grant recipients be selected?

Grant recipients will be selected by the CancerWorld magazine and web team in consultation with the European School of Oncology. The criteria for selection will be:

1. Strength of the proposed topic;

2. The quality of the applicant’s work as demonstrated in their work samples;

3. Evidence that the applicant can tackle complex, analytical stories;

4. Applicant’s track record on covering cancer stories.

How can I apply for the CancerWorld Journalist Grant?

The deadline for grant applications will be announced shortly.

If you are interested in receiving a CancerWorld Journalist Grant you need to complete our online application procedure, before applying please prepare the documents listed below (pdf, jpeg or word format) you will be asked to upload them onto our online application system.

Documents to be submitted online:

1- Copy of your CV in English which includes details of any other grants/scholarship or awards of which you are in receipt

2. Evidence of your press accreditation, and translation in English if necessary

3. Complete the attached Story Proposal form (typed not by hand), which outlines details of your story and how you plan to execute it. You can download the Story Proposal form here.

4. Three samples of your work (these can be submitted in original language but in this instance you must submit a one-page summary of each piece in English). Your samples of work can either be uploaded or you can complete the designated box with a direct web link to your work

If you have any questions please contact Corinne Hall chall@eso.net

Past winners

In 2014 a grant of 2,250 euros was awarded to two European freelance journalists: Maria Delaney from Ireland for her story proposal on Systematic BRCA Screening and to Prune Antoine from France for her proposal to write an article on the long-terms effects on having been treated for and survived paediatric cancer.

Maria Delaney’s article appears in Issue 67 of Cancer World and was also published in Ars Technica.

Prune Antoine’s article Rerouted, not derailed: resuming a young life after cancer appeared in Cancer World 68.

The winning journalists are also able to publish their final pieces in other publications or media outlets.

Prune Antoine is a freelance author. She currently lives in Berlin and works with Le Monde magazine, Géo, Madame Figaro, Elle, XXL…amongst many others. Her stories, both print or multimedia, featured through Eastern Europe, Russia, Balkans, South Caucasus, Turkey or Northern Africa. Once her story for Cancer World is finished she plans to also try and publish it as a long feature story in XXL or Feuilleton and as a series of shorter articles for French magazines Elle or Le Monde.

Maria Delaney is a freelance journalist who regularly publishes news and features in The Sunday Times and The Irish Times. She is also a science writer and has her own blog www.sciencecalling.com and co-authored the bestselling book, A Neutron Walks Into A Bar.

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