Invitation for applications: Media Co-op Program

Media Co-Ops can result in news features, a series of short programs, or documentaries and sidebar ‘slice of life’ profiles.

img_0117Harare, December 19 2016- The United States Embassy in Harare is seeking applications from broadcast or online media organizations interested in participating in the Bureau of Public Affairs’ Foreign Press Center (PA/FPC) Media Co-op program.

Media Co-Ops are a (maximum) two-week, highly-intensive U.S. work and travel program usually involving a broadcast media producer/reporter and one camera person — ideally both fully fluent in English — accompanied by a PA/FPC contract producer.  Teams must arrive in the United States with fully-functioning equipment, including broadcast-quality cameras, lighting and audio gear, tripods, thumb drives and back-up equipment, and electrical transformers and adapters in good working order.

We welcome proposals for stand-alone, single platform productions and combined TV, radio, and digital multi-platform productions.  Past Co-Ops have successfully blended national and regional media and independent and mainstream outlets to reach TV, radio, and digital audiences.

Media Co-Ops can result in news features, a series of short programs, or documentaries and sidebar ‘slice of life’ profiles.  We encourage participating media outlets to promote the original programs through related radio, TV, or digital/print interviews with U.S. interlocutors and through blog or other social media reports.  Program participants return to their media outlets with enhanced skills in media production and knowledge of U.S. reporting and production techniques.

Funding & Cost Sharing

Successful Media Co-op participants will cover their crew’s international air fare to the United States. The Media Co-Op funds cover domestic U.S. airfare, hotel and M&IE allowances, temporary healthcare insurance, and miscellaneous production expenses.  Given the intense pre-planning required for production, crews need to comply with the arranged itinerary and must understand their two-week schedule will be rigorous.

Healthcare coverage covers only emergencies and accidents; medical or emergency hospital care for pre-existing illnesses or conditions will require out-of-pocket payments by the participants themselves.

Standard hotel accommodations are arranged and pre-paid by the program.  The contract producer accompanying the media crew in the United States disburses funds to participants for M&IE upon arrival.

Proposal format & deadline

Proposals should include the following:

  1. Description of the media organization including target audience. If available, please provide link to your organization’s website.
  2. Describe the proposed team’s background and experience.
  3. Topic(s) to be covered during the Media Coop program
  4. The desired outcome of the Media Coop program
  5. List of possible shooting locations in the United States
  6. Please identify any USG officials for potential participation in the production. *
  7. Any other specific requests for interviews? Please identify.
  8. The desired time frame for travel for the Crew.

Proposals should be submitted to HararePAS@state.gov by January 30th 2017.

Inquiries

The Grants Committee will evaluate Media Co-Op proposals based on program objectives, links to U.S. Mission goals in Zimbabwe, anticipated public opinion impact, audience reach, and the innovation and creativity of the proposed format and topic.  The deadline for submission of proposals is January 30, 2017. For all matters concerning Media Co-Ops, please email HararePAS@state.gov