Note to Correspondents

Note No 132
21 March 2001



NEW YORK, 20 March (UN Headquarters) -- The Disarmament Journalists Network (DJN) of the NGO Committee on Disarmament is offering fellowships to journalists from developing countries to cover the United Nations Conference on the Illicit Trafficking of Small Arms (New York, 9-20 July 2001). The fellowships will cover the cost of air travel to and from New York and living expenses in the city from 7 to 21 July.

The fellowships are envisaged as the first step in developing an interactive global network of journalists informed about arms issues from a multilateral perspective. Those selected for the fellowships and all those identified during the selection process, will be on the DJN listserv. Members of the list -- to be launched in March 2001 -- will include primarily journalists from developed and developing countries and experts on arms issues. List members will be invited to post their own articles and comments.

Requirements: Journalists from developing countries with a minimum of five years experience are invited to apply. Experience in covering arms issues is not necessary but applicants must have demonstrated ability in covering serious political, economic or social stories.

Applications must be received in New York by 21 April 2001 in order to be considered. Selected journalists will be notified by mid May. They will be expected to arrive in New York on 7 July and stay till the 21st. During the Conference, they will be expected to contribute to the daily issue of Disarmament Times, the newspaper of the NGO Committee on Disarmament.

Applications should be addressed to the following address:

Rev. Vernon Nichols, President
NGO Committee on Disarmament
777 United Nations Plaza, Suite 3 B
New York NY 10017

Every application must include: (1) Samples of published or broadcast work. (2) Letter supporting the application from the Editor or Publisher of the media organization employing the applicant. 3) Certificate of health. ( 4) A short article (no more than 500 words) on any aspect of the small arms situation in the applicant's country. (5) A personal resume of educational qualifications and professional experience. (6) Three character references.

About the NGO Committee on Disarmament: The Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO) Committee on Disarmament Inc. was established in 1972 as a nonprofit entity to provide a coherent interface between hundreds of peace and disarmament NGOs and the United Nations. That role has grown in importance in the period after the end of the Cold War, a time when the public profile of peace and security concerns has been de-emphasized by major governments. The NGO Committee is a clearinghouse of information on the disarmament activities of the United Nations, linked to a worldwide network of activists. It publishes Disarmament Times, the only paper that regularly reports on and puts into meaningful context, the whole range of disarmament issues before the United Nations.

The activities of the NGO Committee on Disarmament are supported by grants from foundations and governments. The journalism fellowships to cover the UN Small Arms Conference have been made possible by a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation.

For more information:

Bhaskar Menon
Disarmament Times