Opportunities For African Journalists In April

Have a look at this list of fellowships, grants, awards and other opportunities with fast-approaching deadlines.

Africa (Kenya) investigative reporting fellowship

openDemocracy is looking for applications from journalists who are interested in developing their skills in investigative journalism and multimedia storytelling. As this is a specialist fellowship, you will get more out of this opportunity if you have at least 1-2 years of previous work experience. However, we will consider applications in their entirety and not on the basis of any single criterion. The fellow can be based anywhere in Kenya with reliable internet access but may be required to spend significant amounts traveling the country on reporting assignments.  openDemocracy particularly encourage applications from women and LGBTIQ candidates. For details and to apply, click here.

Deadline | April 3

AWim media graduate trainee programme

African Women in the Media (AWiM) is for women who have recently graduated from a media-related course within the last two years to be part of the Graduate Trainee Programme. As an AWiM Media Graduate Trainee, you will experience a challenging 8-month development programme taking you through a comprehensive rotation of critical divisions of work at AWiM. Trainees will receive a US$450 monthly stipend.

For details and to apply, click here.

Deadline | April 5

Africa Fact-checking Fellowship [Cameroon] 

Journalists between the ages of 17 and 35 can participate in a fact-checking fellowship in Cameroon. The Africa Fact-checking Fellowship, offered by #Defyhatenow, promotes fact-checking, data journalism and digital rights to journalists, bloggers and content creators in Africa. The three-month programme will equip fellows with the skills and tools to address the current challenges of fake news in their countries of operation. For details and to apply, click here.

Deadline | April 6

Solutions reporting programme for journalists in West Africa

The Campus Solutions project is set to bridge this gap by mobilising and supporting reporters to produce stories about the positive deviants in the education sector in West African countries. Fifteen campus journalists will be engaged under the Campus Solutions project for six months to document, through storytelling, social responses to problems bedeviling the education system in West Africa and other related issues with evidence. They will also share insights into how the responses are positively affecting the problems in spite of the limitations and/or challenges. The participants of the Campus Solutions will be tasked to set up and/or facilitate the establishment of solutions journalism (SoJo) units in their respective campus press outfits. These units will be supported with periodic training, SoJo resources and opportunities for further expansion where necessary. For details and to apply, click here.

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Deadline | April 8

Africa No Filter: Women storytellers fund 

Journalists, bloggers, vloggers, content creators, podcasters can apply for Project Support grants worth up to $10,000, while organisations can apply for Operational Support and Capacity-Building grants of up to $25,000. For details and to apply, click here.

Deadline | April 11

OnePipe Press Writing Challenge [Nigeria]

The Challenge is open to all forms of media. The competition welcomes submissions from journalists/press persons. They must be individuals – (either full-time, part-time or freelancers) who are presently employed in a magazine or general circulation newspapers published in Nigeria. This can be daily or non-daily, broadsheet or tabloid, conventional or alternative, as well as syndicates and cooperatives that provide content for newspapers. Nominations may be made by editors, publishers, educators, journalistic groups, and others. The N1 million prize for three will be awarded in recognition of published reporting that has resulted in information sharing, idea definition, trend analysis, and definition of concepts. For details and to apply, click here.

Deadline | April 14

Investigative Journalism: Safety and Security – a Free Training Programme

The Global Investigative Journalism Network has partnered with the London-based Centre for Investigative Journalism and the Freedom of the Press Foundation to offer a unique safety and security training programme specifically tailored for investigative journalists and others in watchdog newsrooms. It will be delivered online through hands-on practical training sessions with some of the world’s leading journalism safety trainers. It is free, part-time, and limited to 30 participants. The programme will take place each Tuesday for six consecutive weeks, starting on May 10, 2022. For details and to apply, click here.

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Deadline | April 17

Jamlab Accelerator Programme for sub-Saharan media

Applications are now open for the Jamlab Accelerator Programme (JAP) sub-Saharan Africa, a six-month hothouse for journalism and media innovators. This sub-Saharan Africa accelerator programme we are running will largely take place virtually. The programme will run from May 2022 to November 2022 and the programme offers a unique opportunity to fast-track your initiative. It will provide you with the tools, facilities, contacts, and support necessary to convert your ideas and ambitions into a commercially viable venture or product. To apply, journalists must write a short pitch setting out their ideas for a new journalism start-up or describing their existing venture and ideas for growing and developing it further. Applications are welcome from all countries across sub-Saharan Africa, particularly those in Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote de Ivoire, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo and Zambia. For details and to apply, click here.

Deadline | April 18

Photographer of the Year 2022

Africa Geographic is accepting entries for Photographer of the Year 2022. Photos must depict African wildlife, landscapes or culture. The winner will receive US$5,000 and the two runners-up, US$2,500 each. The winners will also travel to Botswana to participate in a photographic safari. For details and to apply, click here.

Deadline | April 30

Africa Environment Reporting Programme

African Women in the Media (AWiM) is a network for African women working in media industries anywhere globally. AWiM is calling for pitches that will call attention to the gendered aspect of environmental issues in Africa. AWiM is particularly interested in in-depth stories that explore environmental solutions with a focus on any of the 12 elements of the African Green Stimulus Programme. Journalists can also highlight the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on ecosystems, biodiversity, conservation, waste management and other issues related to the broader ecological challenges in Africa which affect women. The commission fee is US$100 per story. For details and to apply, click here. 

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Deadline | Rolling

Baraza Media Lab Incubator

This 12-month programme welcomes both for-profit and non-profit organisations, as well as individuals and teams who wish to create an organisation or implement a specific innovative project in the media space. The incubatees will receive a $2,500 stipend, strategic mentoring and training, workplace essentials and much more. For details and to apply, click here. 

Deadline | Rolling

Thomson Foundation: News Writing: The art of storytelling

This course is designed to teach you how to write news stories in an effective and engaging way using techniques employed by Ewen MacAskill and other journalists around the world. Ewen will teach you when and how to go beyond the inverted pyramid model of storytelling to make your stories stand out and to make you a better storyteller.

This is a first of a three-course series on news writing. In courses 2 and 3, Ewen will take you through more advanced techniques and the art of news analysis. For details and to apply, click here.

Deadline | Rolling

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