Opportunities for African journalists in November and December

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

Melissa Tsungai Zisengwe
Oct 24 · 6 min read
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ArtsEverywhere Fellowship for Artistic Journalism

The ArtsEverywhere Fellowship for Artistic Journalism is a year-long programme looking to support any individual artist, journalist, writer, musician, producer, or a collective whose work exhibits a commitment to integrating creative practice with rigorous journalistic research, writing, and multimedia production.

Projects focused on locations in Africa, Asia, Australia, the South Pacific, South America and the Caribbean, or in under-reported parts of North America and Europe will be given preference

Deadline |1 November 2019

Postgraduate Chevening Scholarships

Chevening Scholarships are the global scholarship programme funded by the U.K.’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office and partner organisations for outstanding scholars with leadership potential.

Chevening Scholarships are awarded to individuals with demonstrable leadership potential who also have strong academic backgrounds and a strong vision for the future. The scholarship offers full financial support to study for any eligible master’s degree at any UK university whilst also giving access to a wide range of exclusive academic, professional, and cultural experiences.

Deadline | 5 November 2019

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.

Proposals from Nieman-Berkman Klein Fellowship candidates may deal with any issue relating to journalism’s digital transformation. Examples include ideas for new revenue streams to fund journalism, the construction of new tools for reporting, or research into news consumption patterns. Candidates must explain how their proposals will benefit journalism.

Deadline | 12 November 2019 at 11:59 Eastern time (Washington, DC)

Heinz-Kühn-Foundation Reporting Scholarship

Heinz-Kühn-Foundation scholarships are intended to enable junior journalists to further their professional development and continue training in new surroundings, and to gain first-hand and in-depth knowledge of the customs, opinions and way of life in other countries.

Journalists from developing countries and the German state of North-Rhine-Westphalia can apply for an exchange programme. Candidates must be 35 years old and younger and have a good command of the official language of their host country. Applicants from abroad must have a basic knowledge of the German language.

The Heinz-Kühn-Foundation awards scholarships to young journalists for six-week or three-month reporting trips.

Deadline | 30 November 2019

Adelante Reporting Initiative Fellowship — El Salvador — March 2020 — English

As part of the IWMF’s Latin America reporting initiative, Adelante, six journalists will travel to San Salvador, El Salvador from March 2–17, 2020. The focus of this reporting trip is to generate media coverage of under-reported issues in El Salvador and to promote new narratives in the international media. Fellows will have the opportunity to network with other journalists, report collaboratively with their teammates and peers, and gain access to a variety of sources and sites related to their reporting.

All reporting fellows will begin their trip in Mexico City on March 2 where they will complete a four-day Hostile Environment and First Aid Training (HEFAT) course from March 3–6. Fellows will then depart for nine days of reporting in San Salvador and the surrounding area.

Deadline | 1 December 2019

Knight-Wallace Fellowship

The Knight-Wallace Fellowship is offering accomplished journalists a unique opportunity: an academic year of study and collaborative learning at the University of Michigan to deepen knowledge, develop new ideas, learn new skills and address challenges facing the journalism industry

20 Fellows from all facets of journalism who are ready to take the next career step will be selected for this opportunity.

Deadline | 1 December 2019

John S. Knight Journalism Fellowship Fellowship

The JSK Journalism Fellowships supports diverse journalists from around the world who are deeply engaged in exploring solutions to journalism’s biggest problems. The fellowship focuses on accelerating change in the journalism industry to improve the access to information people need to create and sustain democratic communities.

JSK Fellows spend their time at Stanford University exploring solutions to the most urgent challenges facing journalism. They sit in on classes, attend events on campus, connect with experts in the university’s many research institutes and consult innovative thinkers and doers throughout Silicon Valley.

Deadline | 4 December 2019 11:59 p.m., Pacific Time

The Aftermath Project offers photography grants

The Aftermath Project is offering a US$25,000 grant for photographers who tell the other half of the story of conflict — the story of what it takes for individuals to learn to live again, to rebuild destroyed lives and homes, to restore civil societies and to address the lingering wounds of war while struggling to create new avenues for peace.

Proposals may relate to the aftermath of numerous kinds of conflict. Examples include violence between rural ethnic groups, an urban riot in an industrialized country, a rebel insurgency or full-scale war. There is no specific time frame that defines “aftermath,” although the project generally seeks to support stories that are no longer being covered by the mainstream media or which have been ignored by the media.

Deadline | 6 December 2020 (midnight PST)

Africa Media Freedom Fellowship

The Africa Media Freedom fellowship is an eight-week residential course to be delivered by the University of Westminster, in London, from 18 May to 10 July 2020, and is designed for those involved in setting and pushing the boundaries of trust, standards, and freedom in the media in 11 countries in sub-Saharan Africa including: senior journalists at public service and independent media; senior staff at media regulators; statistics agencies responsible for releasing information; and media NGOs.

This new fellowship offers a unique opportunity to create international networks as fellows work together to explore the mechanisms through which public trust in the media can be restored and the boundaries of media freedom.

Deadline | 9 December 2019

Chevening Africa Media Freedom Fellowship (CAMFF)

Apply for this 8-week fellowship programme to commence in May 2020 and is titled ‘New Media for a New Africa: Freedom of Speech, Economic Prosperity and Good Governance’. This programme will bring together 12 leading media and information practitioners and regulators from 11 countries. The course is designed to promote vigorous exchange of ideas and experience, and constructive learning, between participants and course leaders, with both seminars and speaker talks, off-site visits and fieldwork.

The Chevening Africa Media Freedom Fellowship (CAMFF) is aimed at mid-senior level African professionals with demonstrable leadership skills in their fields, which may include public servants working in areas of media policy and regulatory frameworks, or media professionals such as journalists. Selected fellows will be from the following Sub-Sahara African countries: Ethiopia, Burundi, Cameroon, Gambia, Malawi, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, South Sudan, Uganda, and Zimbabwe.

Deadline | 9 December 2019

Reuters Journalism Training Programme

Applications are now open for the Reuters Trainee Programme 2020. The news agency is looking for smart, ambitious graduates or early-career reporters to join its global team of 2,500 text and visuals journalists and tell the stories that matter.

The programme lasts for nine months, starting September 2020. The graduates on the programme will spend an intensive month of training in London, then eight months in a Reuters newsroom in one of the following countries: China, Singapore, UK, Mexico, South Africa, Egypt, Lebanon or United Arab Emirates.

Deadline | 15 December 2019

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Melissa Tsungai Zisengwe

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Journalist at Jamlab &Civic tech-enthusiast at Civic Tech Innovation Network- Wits Journalism School.



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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