The Solutions Journalism Network’s Africa Initiative is seeking applications from individuals who want to start (or upgrade) a solutions journalism-focused project or art project that is based in, or focused on, Kenya and Nigeria.
How does the Solutions Journalism Africa Fellowship work?
You’ll be part of a cohort of 10 fellows (five from Kenya and five from Nigeria) who will:
- Pioneer a community of media innovators, journalists, photographers and artists who create new ideas, coverage or platforms that enhance solutions journalism for Africa, by Africans.
- Receive training in skills relevant to your project proposal — audience/community engagement, impact reporting, revenue generation and sustainability within Africa’s context.
- Gain access to and collaborate with the Africa Initiative cohort of 20 newsrooms and two implementing partners spread across four countries. Outside the continent, you are guaranteed access to SJN staff members and the network of more than 5,000 journalists worldwide.
- Receive a modest honorarium of $2,000.
- The fellowship duration is from August to November 2021.
What is expected of me as a Solutions Journalism Africa Fellow?
- Achieving these project goals:
- producing or facilitating the production of solutions stories;
- documenting your project with a blog post, case study or video for the greater SJN community;
- training and engaging with fellow solutions-focused journalists/creatives; and
- creating communities of solutions journalism practitioners.
- Serving as an ambassador for solutions journalism in your community, country and region, alongside other SJN ambassadors across the world.
- Abiding by SJN’s ethical standards.
- Joining monthly calls with fellows who share similarities in project theme and location.
- Joining bimonthly calls with the entire cohort of 10 Solutions Journalism Africa Fellows, including select guest speakers who will support Fellows’ professional development.
- Joining monthly calls with SJN’s Africa Initiative manager, Ruona Meyer, for feedback and brainstorming on project goal status.
- Participating in a speaking engagement (as a panelist, etc.) within and beyond SJN’s Africa Initiative network.
A prospective fellow may have any level of experience in any medium, but must be based in Kenya or Nigeria, with a project focused on any of these countries, and:
- Actively working in journalism as:
- a journalist, either employed by a news organization or freelance;
- an educator teaching journalism; or
- another type of journalism creative or product innovator.
- Should be registered on SJN’s website.
- Trained in solutions journalism, or committed to taking a training session before the start of the Solutions Journalism Africa Fellowship.
- Applying as an individual — not a team or an organization. If teams from a platform are applying, one person must serve as the contact/lead person for the fellowship duration.
For more information, visit https://thewholestory.solutionsjournalism.org/be-a-solutions-journalism-africa-fellow-6fd7b22beb25