Applications are invited to the Thomson Reuters Foundation Reporting on Malaria in Africa Course 2020. Thomson Reuters Foundation is pleased to offer African journalists who are motivated to report on malaria, the opportunity to participate in a new remote training initiative, Reporting on Malaria in Africa.
About the Thomson Reuters Foundation Reporting on Malaria in Africa Course 2020
Since the turn of the century, the battle against malaria made huge progress and global malaria death rates dropped substantially. While developments in prevention and treatments of diseases have helped to ease the burden of the disease, obstacles to reducing malaria incidence persist. After decades of improvement, malaria cases are either flat or increasing again, challenging current approaches and interventions. To this end, new innovations and innovations are being developed and delivered to rise to this challenge.
Aim and Objective
Working with journalists across sub-Saharan Africa, the Thomson Reuters Foundation Reporting on Malaria in Africa initiative aims to:
- Expand participants’ knowledge of malaria and public health more broadly.
- Strengthen journalistic standards and enhance evidence-based reporting skills in order to help African journalists cover the topic in a balanced and accurate way.
- Provide technical training and unique insights to participants on how to improve reporting skills in this field.
Participants of the Thomson Reuters Foundation Reporting on Malaria in Africa course will:
- Receive training on ethical reporting and standards in health reporting, working with sources, story pitching, how to search for trusted information and identify fake news
- Be exposed to expert speakers
- Deepen their knowledge of malaria and public health more broadly, covering the current challenges that are posing a hindrance to the fight against malaria as well as the new and innovative approaches of reducing malaria incidence and their associated challenges and criticisms
- Gain access to story ideas and editorial advice and will be invited to share your own expertise with other participants
- Propose one or more malaria story ideas that you wish to work on – if you are selected, the Foundation will provide experienced journalists to help you pursue your stories on malaria right up to publication/broadcast. Additionally, selected participants will receive modest funding to help them realize their malaria stories.
To participate in the Thomas Reuters Foundation Reporting on Malaria in Africa Course 2020, certain eligibility criteria are required of the applicants as the foundation is looking for:
- African journalists, based in sub-Saharan Africa, working as staff journalists or regular contributors to English-language media organizations in their respective countries
- Journalists working for a news organization will need consent from their editor to participate. Freelancers should provide evidence that one or more media organizations will be willing to take their work.
- Journalists with at least three years of professional experience; It is an advantage if you have health reporting experience, but if you have a strong motivation to learn about malaria and health and report on these issues then your application will be considered
- Journalists who are able to commit to the full length of the 3-week course and to spend significant time working on malaria stories in the weeks following the end of the course
- Journalists working in any medium or multiple media are welcome to apply (television, radio, print, or online)
It should be noted that journalists applying must be fluent in English (reading, writing, speaking, listening).
Interested and eligible applicants are encouraged to visit the official online platform of Thomson Reuters Foundation via this link to apply. Note that the documents below should be attached to your application:
- Two relevant work samples in English. Television/Radio journalists can send in their scripts and a brief summary. If relevant work samples are in the local language, please provide an English translation (if the work sample is online, share the link so that the web page can be translated).
- A letter from your editor consenting to your participation in the 3-week course and confirming that they will publish any story produced as part of the editorial support scheme should you be selected.
Applicants are advised to have these documents ready before proceeding with the application form.
26th August 2020.
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