Call for Applications: Reporting on Illicit Finance in Africa

Deadline: 17 March 2019

Thomson Reuters Foundation is seeking applications for its Reporting on Illicit Finance in Africa.

Thomson Reuters Foundation in partnership with the African Centre for Media Excellence is looking for Ugandan journalists who are motivated to understand how their country could be losing money via illicit means. 

Wealth of Nations is a long-term engagement, and journalists who take part must commit to all elements of the scheme, signing an agreement to this effect. These elements include:

  • The production of stories on illicit financial flows
  • A mentoring support scheme that will help produce these stories
  • Intensive training on reporting illicit finance
  • The first workshop will take place from Monday, 01 April – Friday, 05 April 2019 at the African Centre for Media Excellence in Kampala
  • A follow-up workshop will take place from Wednesday, 24 April – Friday, 26 April 2019 at the African Centre for Media Excellence in Kampala

Benefits

  • If selected, applicants will take part in two intensive workshops covering illicit finance, reporting on companies, accounts and budgets, and investigative techniques. The workshops will take place in Kampala.
  • Applicants will propose one or more story ideas that they wish to work on within the scheme they will provide experienced journalists to help applicants pursue their stories right up to publication/broadcast.
  • Selected participants will receive modest funding to help them realise their stories.
  • Applicants will have exclusive access to expertise through their network of illicit finance experts.
  • Applicants  will also have access to story ideas and editorial advice and will be invited to share their own expertise with other participants.
  • Funding Successful applicants will receive a full bursary that will cover accommodation, local transfers and meals.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Journalists with at least two years of professional experience.
  • It is an advantage if applicants are familiar with investigative journalism, reporting on finances and/or dealing with numbers more generally, but if applicants have a strong motivation to learn about and understand these issues then they will consider their application.
  • Applicants must be able to spend significant time working on illicit finance stories.
  • Both freelancers and staff journalists may apply. Journalists working for a news organisation will need consent from their editor to take part. Freelancers should provide evidence that one or more media organisations will be willing to take their work.
  • Journalists working in any medium or multiple media are welcome to apply (print, online, radio or television).
  • Journalists should be based in Uganda and working for one or more Ugandan media organisations.
  • Journalists applying must have fluent English.

How to Apply

Applicants can apply online via given website.

For more information, please visit https://tmsnrt.rs/2u266Wc

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