The Thomson Reuters/UN IFAD Reporting on Food Security and Rural Development in East Africa 2022 is now accepting applications.
Food security is becoming more important across the world. Food costs are at all-time highs. But what are policymakers doing to address these concerns, and who is ensuring that the voices of rural poor people and their communities are heard and their experiences told?
This course is sponsored by the United Nations’ International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), and it will help journalists present new perspectives and promote discussion on how small-scale agriculture can respond to rising food demand, as well as the critical need to support rural transformation as food insecurity, climate change, and economic uncertainty become more prevalent.
Journalists from East Africa are invited to apply for this course, which will cover topics such as food security, food production, markets, and climate change, as well as a skills lab on internet verification, social media, and digital storytelling. Participating will provide you with access to prominent IFAD experts as they examine methods to address the difficulties of addressing climate change, food security, and production issues in the context of increasing prices, the economic consequences of COVID-19, and global supply concerns. You will have the opportunity to question them about concerns in your nation.
The Thomson Reuters Foundation will pay participants’ data bills to guarantee a stable connection.
Thomson Reuters/UN IFAD Reporting | Eligibility Criteria
- Applicants must be full-time journalists or frequent contributors for media outlets in Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Ethiopia, and Tanzania.
- Applicants must have a least two years of professional experience, an excellent command of spoken and written English, and explain why they will benefit from participation in this course and how they intend to use what they learn in their professional work in their applications.
- They’d also want to see professional proof of your involvement in the concerns and development of rural people.
- Applicants must have an internet connection with a minimum speed of 8 megabits per second. (You may verify your device’s speed at www.speedtest.net.) To participate in the course, applicants must have access to a computer; participation via mobile or smartphone is not feasible.
How to Apply for the Thomson Reuters/UN IFAD Reporting
As part of the application procedure, applicants will be required to submit the following documents:
Two examples of important work (maximum file size 5 MB). Journalists from television and radio may contribute broadcast transcripts, a short description, and/or links to online versions. If feasible, participants are invited to submit information about their publications’ circulation and reach.
A 250-word biography describing your professional background.
A statement of 250 to 500 words stating how you intend to profit from this course, how you aim to use what you learn in your professional job, and any circumstances impacting your work as a journalist that could be relevant to your application.
Once accepted, candidates will be required to provide a letter from their editor confirming their involvement in the program, as well as a promise to publish the piece they will write if they engage in the mentoring component. TRF will only ask for this after candidates have been chosen for the course.
To apply, go to this link.
Deadline: April 27, 2022
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