Media Partnership Program

To mark the International Year of Sanitation (IYS) and as a run up to SACOSAN III the Water and Sanitation Program – South Asia (WSP-SA) is pleased to announce the “Media Partnership Program” for regional media professionals (in print, electronic, audio and audiovisual media) who have been writing/producing/documenting water, sanitation, hygiene and health related stories in their countries.
** Application Deadline extended to September 15th, 2008 **
Applications are invited from media professionals (in print, electronic, audio and audiovisual media) that have been covering water, sanitation, hygiene and health as mainstream issues. Approximately thirty media professionals shall be selected to participate in SACOSAN III which will be held in New Delhi. The winners shall participate in the six-day SACOSAN event (from 16th to 21st November 2008) being organized by the Government of India (Department of Rural Development) in New Delhi. The selected professionals will also be invited to visit field-based innovative initiatives that have resulted in adequate provision of water and sanitation services, improved hygiene behavior and have had a positive impact on the health of the target populations.
Eligibility: Professionals with at least three years experience in print, electronic, audio and audiovisual media with general circulation are eligible to apply for the program.
The program is open to media professionals from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh and is likely to be extended to Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan and Maldives, contingent to availability of funding.  Preference shall be given to entries received from women media professionals.
The following products are eligible:
• Newspaper entries (op-eds., features, news)
• Magazine entries
• Television programs (news, talk shows, documentaries)
• Radio programs (news, talk shows, documentaries)
• News portal entries (news, documentaries)

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Candidates may submit several entries that have been published/broadcast between 1 August 2007 and 31st July 2008.  The deadline for submission is 15th September, 2008, 1700 hrs, IST. The entries should be submitted by email at wspsa@worldbank.org.
The entries must state in the subject line “Media Partnership Program Entry" along with the name of the country (e.g. India)
In case there is a problem in sending entries by email, please contact us for alternative arrangements.
• For print entry, include one original or electronic copy of the article(s)—(i.e., masthead with tear-sheets or original clips)
• For electronic entry, a print-out/ print-screen version of article(s) must be included
• For audio and audiovisual entry, include an electronic version (word or pdf) of the script/ transliterated version, and a CD containing the entry OR an electronic file below 5 MB for e-mail delivery.
Themes: The subject of entries should be on:
• Best practices in water, sanitation, hygiene and health
• Sanitation for Dignity and Health
• Health impacts of water and sanitation
• Sharing experiences of local initiatives in water, sanitation and hygiene practices
Language: Entries will be judged in English. Please provide translated version of print entries or script/ transliterated English version for audio/ audiovisual entries
Selection Criteria: Entries will be evaluated on their potential to capture the interest of a wide readership/ viewership, and appeal to policy and decision makers. Entries will be scored on the following criteria:
• quality of the content (structure, style, objectivity and accuracy in presentation of issue)
• quality of research (thoroughness in researching and compiling relevant information)
• ability to relate health and environmental sanitation to mainstream socio-economic issues
• creativity in approach to, and presentation of the health, water and sanitation issue
• potential impact on, or outreach to, the public and policymakers
For the selected media professional, WSP-SA will reimburse:
• round-trip economy-class airfare / train fare;
• accommodation (double sharing) for the inclusive dates of stay;
• fixed per diem for the inclusive number of days of stay; and
• transportation to and from airport
WSP-SA will reimburse the expenses listed above. All original receipts including air ticket/ train ticket, boarding passes, hotel bill, receipts for transfers between airport and hotel must be submitted for reimbursement.
No other payment, e.g. sight-seeing, shopping, business centre, and all incidental items (mini-bar, telephone calls, etc.) will be made and these shall be at journalists’ own expense, payable on checkout.
All material submitted by participating journalists will not be used for any commercial purposes but will be reproduced in reports, conference proceedings and will be posted on official websites of the organizers and their partners. No material/ submission will be returned to the participating journalists.
WSP Country Offices:

Water and Sanitation Program-South Asia (WSP-SA), 55, Lodi Estate, New Delhi 110003 India
Water and Sanitation Program – South Asia (WSP-SA)
c/o The World Bank, 20A Shahrah-e-Jamhuriat G-5/1, Islamabad, Pakistan
Water and Sanitation Program - South Asia (WSP-SA)
c/o The World Bank Office Dhaka, E-32, Agargaon
Sher-e-Bangla Nagar
Dhaka 1207, Bangladesh

The United Nations General Assembly has declared 2008 as the International Year of Sanitation (IYS). The year promises to be a watershed for sanitation in India with the country playing host to the third edition of the South Asian Conference on Sanitation (SACOSAN III). The overall objective of SACOSAN III is to provide an impetus to the cause of sanitation and hygiene in the region by mobilizing regional governments towards the fulfillment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
The Water and Sanitation Program – South Asia (WSP-SA) has planned a series of activities marking the IYS and as a run up to SACOSAN III. One of the planned programs is the “Media Partnership Program” for regional media professionals (in print, electronic, audio and audiovisual media) who have been writing/producing/documenting water supply, sanitation, hygiene and health related stories in their countries. The program has been designed based on the “Communications Strategy on IYS and SACOSAN”, approved by the Government of India (Department of Drinking Water Supply) and other stakeholders.
The main objective of the “Media Partnership Program” is to enhance the knowledge of the selected media professionals on broad issues related to water supply, sanitation, hygiene and health. This is considered of vital importance to stimulate a profound and critical analysis in reporting these issues. The program also aims to further enlarge the network of ‘water sanitation journalists’ in the run-up to SACOSAN III. The program intends to recognize the work of media professionals (in print, electronic, audio and audiovisual media) covering the above mentioned issues and to motivate them to take these as mainstream issues for coverage.
The Media Partnership Program would also:
• Provide informal networking opportunities for media professionals to share story ideas and gain exposure to regional issues facing the sector.
• Facilitate understanding on policy implications, governance and accountability.
• Provide an incentive to cover water supply, sanitation, hygiene and health related issues with a goal of making sanitation everybody’s business.
• Enhance their access to information, research and knowledge to sharpen their perspective and encourage the delivery of positive and constructive messages.
By enhancing the knowledge of media professionals on complicated sanitation and health issues, through their participation in SACOSAN III and exposure visits to field-based innovations, it is expected that there will be an improvement in both the quality and quantity of media coverage on SACOSAN III and it shall help make health and sanitation mainstream issues.
The selected media professionals attending SACOSAN III shall be in addition to other journalists that may have been invited by the Government of India or other multilateral / bilateral organizations to cover the event.
Selection Process
A jury, comprising of media, water and sanitation experts will select the winners. Selected participants will have to give an undertaking from their editor/employer that they have the permission to participate in this program. This does not apply to freelance journalists.
The following timelines are foreseen in the selection process:
Call for submissions for Media Partnership Program 8 August 2008
Last date for submission of entries 15 September 2008
Long list of candidates 22 September 2008
Short list of candidates  29 September 2008
Participation in SACOSAN and exposure visit  16-21 November 2008