Inspires Investigative Reporting Subgrant 

Inspires project, an arm of Internews invites journalists, registered innovative Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) with a focus on media and community media in South Africa’s two provinces of Gauteng and KZN to submit proposals for investigative reporting sub grants. Up to four sub grants will be offered, each with an amount of US$4,500 split over a three-month implementation period. Journalists, innovative CSOs and community media houses are eligible to apply for the sub grant. The CSOs need to be registered as an NPO in South Africa and should have a focus on the media landscape. Applicants can undertake the proposal in collaboration, for example, with a partner organisation, media house or journalists that fit the eligibility criteria. For details and to apply, click here. 

Deadline | July 8

Tuition-free Product Immersion programme

The popular international training programme on product thinking for news will have three additional cohorts in 2022-2023. Applications for the first cohort in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa are open. For details and to apply, click here.

Deadline | July 15

Ian Parry Scholarship 

The Ian Parry Scholarship aims to help young documentary photographers undertake a chosen project and raise their international profile. This year’s contest features two prizes: the Tom Stoddart Award for Excellence and the Canon Award for Potential. Each winner will receive US$3,500, Canon photo equipment and more.  For details and to apply, click here. 

Deadline | July 15

The Centre for Journalism Innovation and Development media training 

The Centre for Journalism Innovation and Development, in partnership with The Centre for Investigative Journalism, is pleased to invite journalists, media professionals, researchers, and analysts interested in climate change to apply for a three-day climate change media training. This opportunity is open to applicants from English-speaking West African countries (Ghana, Sierra Leone, The Gambia, Liberia and Nigeria). After the training, a few selected participants will be offered a fellowship and awarded a small grant to report on the impact of, and solutions to, climate change in their respective countries.  You will be notified by email if you have been selected. If you do not hear from us by the end of July, please regard your application as unsuccessful. For details and to apply, click here.

Deadline | July 25

Tony Elumelu Storytellers Fund 

The Fund calls on journalists, filmmakers, content producers, and visual and performing artists to submit multimedia creative ideas that tell the stories of inspiring entrepreneurs and showcase the true and positive spirit of entrepreneurship in Africa. Applicants must be aged between 18 and 35 years, living on the continent or in the Diaspora. They must have a platform or portfolio of work that shines the light on entrepreneurship in Africa. The Fund will award grants worth between $500 and $2000 to each selected participants. For details and to apply, click here.

Deadline | July 29

30 Under 30 Awards

The International News Media Association (INMA) aims to find 30 rising stars in news media with early career achievements, insights into innovation, ability to influence, and likely management skills across advertising, audience, business intelligence, content and product, and leadership functions at media companies. Winners will receive global recognition in a virtual announcement, a certificate of recognition, a social media badge, free access to two INMA virtual masterclasses and a 12-month membership in INMA (for non-member applicants). For details and to apply, click here. 

Deadline extended | July 29

African Fact-Checking Awards

Entries for the 2022 awards are now open to journalists, journalism students, and a newly added category of professional fact-checkers across the continent. To qualify, entries must have been first published or broadcast in the period from 1 August 2021 to 15 July 2022. The fact-check should conclude that a claim about an important topic, originating in or relevant to Africa, is either misleading or wrong. For details and to apply, click here. 

Deadline | July 31

Constructive Journalism Fellowship

DW Akademie is supporting journalists from Sub-Saharan African countries who are committed to reporting on local crises and challenges, but by also pointing to possible solutions and portraying people who are exploring ways forward. Constructive journalism is an approach for nuanced and critical reporting that pinpoints where change is possible, and that provides potential answers to the biggest questions of our time. The fellowship includes monthly online trainings starting in November 2022 that last 2-3 days each, followed by a one-week on-site session in either Germany or Sub-Sahara Africa in March 2023. Selected fellows will receive up to €3,000 for their video production of a constructive visual project. For details and to apply, click here. 

Deadline | July 31

Free Press Awards 

The Free Press Awards recognise journalists and media professionals who have a strong commitment with press freedom and independent information. We will honour journalists and media professionals who continue no matter what. Free Press Unlimited wants to honor journalists who risk everything to bring us the news, media pioneers who pave the way for equality and justice and those who persevere under the most difficult circumstances. The Free Press Awards will recognise exceptional work in the categories of Newcomer of the Year and Most Resilient Journalist. For details and to apply, click here. 

Deadline | August 1

Johannesburg Institute for Advanced Study Fellowship 

The Johannesburg Institute for Advanced Study (JIAS) invites applications for its Eight Writing Semester, which will run from 1 February to 31 May 2023.  Fellowships are open to any field of expertise, including novelists writing in indigenous languages. Previous fellows have included academics, novelists, scientists, poets, playwrights, independent researchers and journalists. For details and to apply, click here. 

Deadline | August 1

Oxo podcast training course 

Podcast enthusiasts in three countries: Benin, Senegal, Ivory Coast can apply for a training podcast course which will be hosted by Oxo Podfest, which is the first edition of the Francophone festival of the African podcast. For details and to apply, click here.

Deadline | August 6

Alfred Friendly Fellowship 

Early-career professional journalists from developing countries with proficiency in English can apply for a six-month fellowship. Alfred Friendly provides fellows with basic and advanced hands-on instruction at the Missouri School of Journalism and places them in leading U.S. newsrooms. The successful candidate will be 25-35 years old and have at least three years of experience as a journalist at a print, online or broadcast media outlet. Participants work as staff reporters in their host newsrooms are required to develop training plans that they implement when they return to their home newsrooms. ​The ​all-inclusive ​fellowship starts in mid-March and ends in early September. For details and to apply, click here.

Deadline | August 31


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. 

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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