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Minister of State Joe McHugh invites journalists to apply to the Simon Cumbers Media Fund to report on development issues
Featured, Press Releases | 16th March 2017

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Thursday, 16th March 2017

 Minister of State Joe McHugh invites journalists to apply to the Simon Cumbers Media Fund to report on development issues

Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development Joe McHugh TD has announced that journalists and media professionals interested in reporting on global development issues can now apply for funding under the summer 2017 round of the Simon Cumbers Media Fund.

The Fund, which is designed to facilitate coverage of development issues in the Irish media, is supported by Irish Aid, the Government’s overseas aid programme. It was set up in memory of Irish journalist Simon Cumbers, who was killed while on assignment in Saudi Arabia in 2004.

Proposed projects should focus on international development themes, including the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and applicants must demonstrate the relevance of their project to one or more of the seven Irish Aid Priority Areas for Action. These priority areas include: hunger, climate change, trade and economic growth and human rights.

Applications from all media disciplines and outlets are encouraged. Photographers are also invited to apply for funding to present a photographic exhibition as part of their submission. Judges will assess applications against criteria such as the reach of the project and its potential to raise understanding of development issues among Irish audiences.

Announcing the summer 2017 round, Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development, Joe McHugh, TD, said: “For more than a decade, the Simon Cumbers Media Fund has provided support to Irish media to enhance their audience’s understanding of development issues, by providing insight into what life is like on the ground in the developing world.

“Irish Aid’s vision is for a sustainable and just world, where people are empowered to overcome poverty and hunger and fully realise their rights and potential. The Fund offers journalists the opportunity to highlight the progress that is being realised in the developing world, while also reporting on the very real challenges that still exist. I would encourage all media professionals with an interest in development issues to apply.”

An information session for those interested in applying will be held at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade on Tuesday, 11th April 2017 from 11am to 1pm. Media professionals who wish to attend should register by emailing info@simoncumbersmediafund.ie, putting “Dublin Information Session” in the subject line.

The deadline for the receipt of submissions to the summer 2017 round is Wednesday, 10th May at 5pm.

Full details of the information session, guidelines, online application process and background to the Simon Cumbers Media Fund are available on www.simoncumbersmediafund.ie.

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Contact: Louise Archbold / Joanne Ahern, DHR Communications, Tel: 01-4200580 / 087-2601145 / 087-9881837.

Note to Editors:

  • Irish Aid is the Irish Government’s overseas development assistance programme. It is managed by the Development Cooperation Division of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
  • The Simon Cumbers Media Fund is open to all media disciplines, including TV, radio, online, print and photography.
  • A showcase of projects produced by applicants for the Simon Cumbers Media Fund can be found on the website.
  • A full list of the UN Sustainable Development Goals is available here.