UNITY: Journalists of Color is teaming up with the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) to offer unique international reporting opportunities to young journalists from its alliance partners.

The June 8-10 UN High-Level meeting on AIDS will be among the most important to take place in recent years around AIDS issues where world leaders will take stock of global response after 30 years and remember the human toll of the epidemic – the 25 million people who have died of AIDS. The leaders also will renew commitments and agree on innovative strategies to achieve a world free of HIV infections, AIDS-related deaths and stigma of discrimination.

The meeting will feature speeches by global leaders, including the Secretary General, presidents and royalty. There will also be performances by popular musicians.

The gathering presents an excellent opportunity for young journalists interested in honing their skills in international affairs, especially at a time when many news organizations in the United States are reducing international reporting.

UNITY will bring two young journalists from each partner organization to the United Nations from June 6 – 11 to report on the High Level meeting. They will be joined by four young journalists from Asia, Africa, Latin America and Europe. The journalists will work collaboratively to produce print, online and broadcast reports during the meeting under the guidance of professional journalists from alliance partners and the Inter Press Service, the developing world’s leading provider of information on global issues.

The journalists must be between the ages of 21 and 30 and working in print, broadcast or online. They must be either working full-time or students training to become journalists. They will be chosen, through a competitive process, by members of the UNITY World Affairs Committee in consultation with Alliance partners.


An online application should be completed in full (incomplete applications will not be considered).

The following items should be sent via email in the specified formats to executive@unityjournalists.org. The following subject headline: 2011 Global Reporting Application, Full Name should be used on all emails.

  1. A 500-word essay: It should be typed, double-spaced and not exceed the limit and attached to the email. The topic should be why do you want to be part of the 2011 Global Reporting Project, what stories to you envision pursuing and what outlets would you pitch these to.
  2. Attach a PDF copy of your most recent transcript (unofficial is okay)
  3. Attach a PDF copy of a signed letter of recommendation from someone who is familiar with your academic and/or journalism work.
  4. Resume: Attach as a PDF document or Word document (PDF preferred).

Work samples to be mailed to the UNITY office at UNITY: Journalists of Color, Inc., 2011 Global Reporting Application, 7950 Jones Branch Drive, McLean, VA 22107. Please use the following format when sending:

Print: All articles, graphic design samples, printouts and photography should be on 8.5 x 11″ paper. (Use paper clips instead of staples and submit four (4) copies of each item)

Online: Samples should be on CD or 8.5 x 11″ colored printouts.

Radio: Demo should be on CD and include a script. Should not exceed 3 minutes.

Television: Demo should be on DVD. Should not exceed 3 minutes.

To be considered for this opportunity, all portions of the applications should be received in the UNITY office no later than 5 pm EDT, on Friday, April 22, 2011.

For more information, please contact UNITY’s Executive Director, Onica Makwakwa at (703) 854-3585.


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