Opportunities for African journalists in January and February

We’ve collated a list of fellowships, grants, awards and other opportunities with fast-approaching January and early February deadlines

Tshepo Tshabalala
Jan 7 · 4 min read
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Immersive residency for African female filmmakers

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is offering a two-week filmmaking residency (29 March to 12 April 2020) for 10 young African women filmmakers from selected countries in Africa. This film and artist-in-residence workshop will allow for the transnational exchange and sharing of artistic experiences between young African and Japanese filmmakers in a productive creative environment. The selected countries in Africa include Burkina Faso; Kenya; Nigeria; Senegal and South Africa.

Participants will also be invited to present their in-residency work during the Nara Internatoinal Film Festival (18–22 September 2020).

Deadline | 10 January 2020

African Women in Media 2020 summit call for papers

For its fourth annual iteration of the African Women in Media (AWiM) summit, the organisers are calling for papers, panel and workshop proposals from researchers, practitioners, and policy professionals across various topic areas. The AWiM summit aims to bring together media practitioners, researchers and policy makers into one room over a three days.

This year’s summit, themed “Reimagining Futures: Women in media, peace and technologies” will take place in Johannesburg, South Africa from 29–31 July. Registration for the summit opens 28 February 2020.

Deadline | 20 January 2020

Radio Awards 2020

Radio stations across South Africa — be they commercial, public broadcasters, community or campus — are invited to submit their entries of excellence for The Radio Awards 2020.

In celebration of the Award’s 10th year, organisers have introduced the Station Manager’s Choice award to recognize individuals who have previously not had the opportunity to be acknowledged for their contributions in previous years of The Radio Awards.

The Radio Awards gala dinner takes place in Sandton 18 April 2020, where winners from 30 categories will be announced.

Deadline | 24 January 2020

The Sigma Awards for outstanding data journalism

This is a brand new competition to celebrate the best data journalism from around the world. It was created by Aron Pilhofer (Temple University) and Reginald Chua (Reuters), with support from Simon Rogers (Google), and Marianne Bouchart (HEI-DA). It is sponsored by the Google News Initiative and hosted by the European Journalism Centre’s DataJournalism.com.

Winners will be brought together at the International Journalism Festival in Perugia on 1–5 April 2020 to celebrate their work and to also participate in and lead data journalism panels, discussions and workshops.

Nine prizes will be given in total for the first edition of The Sigma Awards. The categories include: Best data-driven reporting; Best visualization; Innovation; Young journalist; Open data and Best news application.

Deadline | 3 February 2020, at 11:59pm ET.

The Journalist Fellowship Programme at the Reuters Institute

The Reuters Institute at the University of Oxford, is welcoming applications for the fully-funded fellowship aimed at practicing journalists all over the world, to enable them to research a topic of their choice, related to their work and the broader media industry. Fellowships last three to six months. They begin in either October, January or April.

Deadline | 3 February 2020

Taco Kuiper Award for Investigative Journalism

The Taco Kuiper Award for Investigative Journalism recognises outstanding examples of journalism, that reveal untold stories, hold the powerful to account and question those in public life.

The top prize is R200 000 and the runner-up wins R100 000

The Award is open to journalists and broadcasters (which includes online and photography) for stories about South Africa. The call for entries for the 2019 Taco Kuiper Awards is now open, inviting journalists to submit stories published or broadcast in 2019.

The award ceremony will take place on 27 March 2020 in Johannesburg.

Deadline | 14 February 2020, at 14:00pm CAT

Future News Worldwide 2020 for young media makers

The British Council is looking for 100 of the world’s most talented, motivated and passionate student journalists to attend an intensive media training programme in the United Kingdom. The student journalists will receive coaching from editors, broadcasters, writers and reporters, and see how publishers around the world are using technology to find stories and bring them to life like never before.

The conference will take place on 14 and 15 July at Sky news’s global headquarters in London. Attendance is free for successful applicants and travel and accommodation costs will be covered.

If you are an undergraduate or postgraduate student or recent graduate and aged 18–25, be sure not to miss this opportunity. Applications are welcomed from anywhere in the world.

Deadline | 14 February 2020, at 12:00pm GMT (UK time)


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Tshepo Tshabalala

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The JAMLAB Newsletter is produced by Wits Journalism. The Journalism and Media Lab, Tshimologong Digitial Innovation Precinct, Johannesburg supports innovators to bring new information, new ideas and new conversations to new audiences in Africa.

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