Environmental challenges are strongly linked to health issues, but also to economy, development and population movements. Thus, they are taking an increasing place in public policies and decision making, both at the local and international levels. Their understanding by citizens represents a major issue of democracy and good governance and the role played by journalists and the media is crucial in this regard. Based on the observation that informing about environment is a real challenge for journalists, especially in countries where the place of environmental information remains marginal, MédiaLab Environnement project aims to encourage the necessary changes for integration of environmental issues in journalistic productions in 6 countries targeted by the project: Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt, Lebanon and Jordan.
The integration of environmental issues in public debates and the initiation of an enduring change in practices and mentalities, requires, inevitably, the awareness and information of youth. Therefore, CFI is launching a call for projects intended for media in the countries targeted by MediaLab Environment to produce 6 lively and educational video content around environmental topics, such as:
- The impact of human activities on environment: water, air or earth pollution, waste, pesticides, agriculture, livestock, consumption, exploitation of natural resources, transport, etc.
- The consequences of environmental degradation on health, the economy, population movements, biodiversity, etc.
- Ecological initiatives…
General objective of the call for projects
Contribute to raising awareness and better informing the youth of the six targeted countries on environmental issues and their interconnections with several sustainable development issues such as health, economy, development, migration, gender equality …
Support media in the 6 targeted countries to produce quality lively and educational video content covering environmental themes and intended primarily for children aged between 8 and 12.
Media initiating the projects
- Be a legally registered media in one of the 6 targeted countries. Projects must be carried by a television channel or an online platform.
- Have at least one experience in the production of educational content
- Have already worked / have the aim to work on themes related to environment
- Proposals should be related to (short) video content projects or mobile applications.
- Projects should include an information / advocacy component and be directly linked to environmental issues.
- They must be original, inspiring and allow schools and educational organizations to use them as teaching tools.
- The content must be inclusive: ensuring equal representation of girls and boys, and as far as possible, representation of people with disabilities …
- Projects should propose teams made up of at least 50% of women
Selected media commit to ensure that the selected project will be free of rights for CFI.
Terms of CFI support
Selected media will benefit from technical support from CFI. Teams they mobilize for the project will participate in training and information sessions organized by CFI to support them in structuring their projects and producing their content. These sessions will take place between April and July 2021. Teams of selected projects will benefit from the support of a technical expert and an editorial expert. Sessions will address, specifically, the question of the media consumption of our targeted group (children aged 8 to 12) and that of the different media formats that can be used. Projects will be collectively validated during the training sessions.
Selected media will receive financial support of 2,500 euros per project to produce their content.
The application file must include the following documents:
- The completed application form
- A document attesting the legal status of the media
- The resumes of the members of the team