Applications for West Africa GBV Reporting Fellowship 2022 are now open for African Women Journalists
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When is the Application Deadline:
5th November 2021
Tell Me About West Africa GBV Reporting Fellowship:
The Africa Women Journalism Project, an initiative supported by the International Centre for Journalists in partnership with the Ford Foundation West Africa, has opened a call for journalists in Nigeria, Ghana and Senegal to increase the capacity of women journalists to understand the complexity of gender-based violence and exploitation and empower them to cover gender-related issues.
Through its programme, the AWJP is looking for 60 women journalists for the first phase of the programme, who are interested in reporting on the scale of gender-based violence in the target countries.
What Type of Scholarship is this?
Who can apply for West Africa GBV Reporting Fellowship?
1. This fellowship is open only to women journalists in Ghana, Nigeria and Senegal
2. Read through the open call carefully before you fill in the form https://bit.ly/3GeDaxS
3. A fine command of either English or French is a mandatory precondition.
4. Failure to upload any required documents will immediately remove an applicant from consideration.
How are Applicants Selected?
Applicants must be working journalists with at least three years of full-time, professional journalism experience.
● Applicants may be affiliated or freelance journalists.
● Applicants must speak, read and write English or French fluently in order to fully participate in and benefit from the Fellowship.
● All applicants must submit one story about under-explored issues concerning or intersecting with gender-based violence.
● Applicants will commit to publishing at least one story which they will produce within a month of completing the information and training sessions.
● Applicants must attend all webinars/information/training sessions scheduled during the program.
● Applicants who are successful in the Fellows’ selection process will commit to participating in monthly conversations with their assigned mentor.
● Successful applicants will be required to submit a blog of a minimum of 250 words about their experience and learnings from the programme for publication on the partners’ and the AWJP websites.
● The story must deal with gender-based violence in either of the targeted countries (Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal).
● The story must be relevant to these countries and to the West African region.
● Must be well-written and compelling
● Must abide by the highest journalistic standards, eg multi-sourced
● Utilise data to effectively tell the story
● Include images/videos/graphics
● In-depth, investigative stories that provide new information or have a unique angle on the issue will be an advantage.
● Each story must be published within a month of receipt of the story grant and at the end of the information sessions.
Which Countries are Eligible?
Journalists and writers from Nigeria, Ghana and Senegal are invited to apply for a specialised program that aims to examine and expose under-reported topics of violence against women.
How Many Scholarships will be Given?
What is the Benefit of West Africa GBV Reporting Fellowship?
Fellows will receive microgrants to produce data-driven and collaborative reporting projects.
● Successful Fellows will also be eligible to apply for larger grants to support the production of more complex, data-driven and investigative reporting projects.
● Fellows will also be eligible to apply for grants to lead peer-to-peer training sessions in their own newsrooms where they can share their skills and knowledge thereby establishing themselves as experts in the field.
● Fellows will be assigned an experienced story mentor and will convene for regular webinars featuring experts in different fields to enable them to examine gender-related issues of relevance to their communities and how the pandemic is impacting development policies.
● Fellows’ stories will be shared on partner newsroom websites, with links on the Africa Women’s Journalism Project’s site as well.
● Successful Fellows and their newsroom affiliates will commit to publishing the
stories on a monthly basis
How Long will the Program Last?
a 9-month Fellowship which will begin from January 2022 to September 2022
How to Apply for West Africa GBV Reporting Fellowship: