Data Journalism Fellowships

Code for Africa (CfA) and WACC’s Who Makes The News programme have partnered to offer WanaData fellowships in five African countries: Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda. The initiative will teach fellows basic data journalism skills or will help those with data experience to expand their skills by taking on more ambitious projects. Up to six fellows will receive a $1,000 project grant each, plus intensive one-on-one mentoring and technical support from a large team of data analysts, digital designers, software engineers, multimedia producers and veteran journalists. For details and to apply, click here.

Deadline | November 12

Investigative journalism fellowships – Eastern and Northern Uganda

The African Centre for Media Excellence (ACME) with support from the Delegation of the European Union to Uganda, invites applications from journalists based in Northern and Eastern Uganda for a fellowship programme on investigative journalism. The programme involves a five-day training workshop — designed to equip journalists with skills to discover, uncover and report stories nobody else has — and subsequently a mentorship programme. For details and to apply, click here.

Deadline | November 12 (Eastern Uganda)

Deadline | November 29  (Northern Uganda)

Netflix and UNESCO short film competition

Be a part of the new generation that shares Africa’s dazzling folktales — and just be sure to put your own fresh twist on it. Shortlisted finalists will have the opportunity to take part in “How to Pitch to Netflix” workshops. These will give you the chance to prepare, polish, and present your film concepts with the help of industry experts. The Netflix and UNESCO judging committee will then mentor six winners to develop a 12 to 20-minute short film. The final 6 storytellers will each win $25,000; each of them will also receive a production budget of up to $75,000 to create their short film. The collection of winning films will be launched on Netflix in 2022 as an “Anthology of African Folktales, Reimagined.” For details and to apply, click here.

Deadline | November 14

Training Fellowship for Kenyan and Tanzanian journalists

The African Centre for Media Excellence (ACME) will organise and co-train journalists in Kenya and Tanzania on investigative journalism, and covering land and natural resources, devolution and public accountability. For details and to apply, click here.

Deadline | November 14

Environmental Reporting Collective Reporting Grants

The Environmental Reporting Collective is accepting applications for Collaborative Investigation Grants open to media outlets, journalists, and freelancers. These grants ($1,000 to $3,000 USD) are specifically aimed at promoting collaboration, and allowing journalists from different countries to work together to fill in gaps in each others’ reporting, especially when tracing environmental crimes across borders. Funds can be used creatively, and there is no travel requirement. For details and to apply, click here.

Deadline | November 30

Nieman-Berkman Klein Fellowship in Journalism Innovation

The Nieman-Berkman Klein Fellowship in Journalism Innovation* brings individuals to Harvard University to work on a specific course of research or a specific project relating to journalism innovation. The fellowship is a collaboration between the Nieman Foundation for Journalism and the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard. Both organisations share a set of common interests around journalism, innovation, and the evolution of the digital space, and both have longstanding fellowship programmes that offer a year of learning and collaboration with others in the Harvard communityFor details and to apply, click here.

Deadline | December 1

The World Health Organisation (WHO) and the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) are conducting a WHO Road Safety reporting contest to raise awareness and spur dialogue around critical – yet underreported – road safety issues with a Vision Zero/Safe System Approach. Journalists reporting on road safety in English from Ghana and Uganda are eligible. Underreported issues include road design and quality, unsafe and polluting used vehicles, cost and extent of crash-related injuries, air pollution due to exhaust emissions, safe public transport urban cycling. For details and to apply, click here.

Deadline | December 1

Funding for media defence centres in sub-Saharan Africa

Media Defence is offering four grants of up to USD 23,000 (for up to 18 months) to organisations with backgrounds in defending and supporting the right to freedom of expression. The grants can be used to set up a media legal defence centre to provide pro bono legal support to (citizen) journalists and independent media. Equally, they can be used to coordinate networks of lawyers to do the same. The grant funds cannot be applied for strategic litigation. Media Defence will provide legal mentoring, capacity building, and other forms of non-financial organisational support. For details and to apply, click here.

Deadline | December 14

Rainforest Journalism Fund

Deadline | Rolling

Rapid Response Fund

Deadline | Rolling

Howard G. Buffett Fund For Women Journalists

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

Deadline | Rolling



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