The West African Gender-based Violence Reporting Fellowship 2022 is currently accepting applications.
Journalists and authors from Nigeria, Ghana, and Senegal are encouraged to apply for a specialized program aimed at investigating and exposing under-reported subjects of violence against women.
The Africa Women Journalism Project, a collaboration between the International Centre for Journalists and the Ford Foundation West Africa, has launched a call for women journalists in Nigeria, Ghana, and Senegal to increase their capacity to understand the complexities of gender-based violence and exploitation and empower them to cover gender-related issues.
The AWJP is searching for 60 female journalists who are interested in uncovering the extent of gender-based violence in the target nations as part of its initiative.
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Benefits of the West African Gender-based Violence Reporting Fellowship 2022
- Successful applicants will be eligible to apply for a 9-month Fellowship starting in January 2022 and ending in September 2022.
- Fellows will be awarded microgrants in order to create data-driven and collaborative reporting initiatives.
- Fellows who are selected will be able to seek bigger funding to help them produce more complicated, data-driven, and investigative reporting projects.
- Fellows will also be able to apply for funds to provide peer-to-peer training sessions in their local newsrooms, allowing them to share their skills and experience and establish themselves as experts in the sector.
- Fellows will be allocated an experienced narrative mentor and will meet on a regular basis for webinars with experts from many sectors to discuss gender-related problems that are important to their communities and how the epidemic is affecting development initiatives.
- The tales of the fellows will be presented on the websites of partner newsrooms, with connections to the Africa Women’s Journalism Project’s website.
- The articles will be published on a regular basis by the successful Fellows and their media affiliations.
- The 12 chosen fellows will be paid a stipend of $150 per month (depending on how many stories they produce each month) to support their reporting during the fellowship.
- Only women journalists from Ghana, Nigeria, and Senegal are eligible.
- Working journalists with at least three years of full-time, professional journalistic experience are eligible to apply.
- Journalists that are affiliated or freelancing are eligible to apply.
- To properly participate in and benefit from the Fellowship, applicants must be able to speak, read, and write fluent English or French.
- Each candidate must submit one narrative on a topic related to or intersecting with gender-based violence that has received little attention.
- Applicants must commit to writing and publishing at least one story within a month after completing the information and training sessions.
- Applicants must attend all planned webinars, informational meetings, and training sessions throughout the program.
- Applicants who are accepted into the Fellows program must commit to having monthly interactions with their allocated mentor.
- Successful candidates will be expected to write a 250-word blog on their program experience and lessons learned for publishing on the partners’ and AWJP websites.
- In any of the target nations, the tale must deal with gender-based violence (Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal).
- The tale has to be relevant to these nations as well as the rest of West Africa.
- It has to be well-written and engaging.
- Must adhere to the highest journalistic standards, such as the use of several sources.
- Data may be used to successfully communicate a narrative.
- Include photos, videos, and graphics.
- In-depth investigative pieces with fresh facts or a unique perspective on the problem will be a plus.
- Within a month after receiving the story grant and at the conclusion of the information sessions, each tale must be published.
The following criteria will be used to analyze the applications:
- the significance of the narrative provided
- the piece’s viability and uniqueness
- The motive indicated in the application, as well as the journalistic approach, are both noteworthy.
Application of West African Gender-based Violence Reporting Fellowship 2022
Complete the application form in full no later than November 5, 2021.
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Deadline: November 5, 2021