Application Starts: March 07, 2017
Application Deadline: March 24, 2017
Announcement of Winners: April 10, 2017
Fellowship Program Begins: May – October 2017
The BudgIT Civic-Tech Media Fellowship is a six-month, highly competitive fellowship designed to support journalists solely interested in writing human-angle stories. All fellows receive training, mentoring and a minimal stipend to enable them pursue socio-economic development via journalism, and also develop innovative tools that expand engagement at grassroots level. Applicants must be attached to a mainstream or online media organization with significant national and online reach, possessing knowledge of, and an awareness of social media and tech tools that aid reportage.
We seek applications from candidates interested in pursuing stories and themes that cover budget access, project tracking, use of extractive revenues, social justice, anti-corruption, open governments and transparency efforts. Fellows will be engaged in data journalism training sessions with experienced journalists and in-house BudgIT developers. Under their guidance, each fellow will be expected to deliver a data-driven, civic tech project that illustrates and complements their story. BudgIT also expects Fellows to deliver an average of at least three stories per month, widely circulated on their platforms, with sufficient brand visibility for BudgIT.
The BudgIT Civic-Tech Media Fellowship allows talented individuals to build their capacity and go on to become professionals who will pursue the greater socio-economic futures they want to see in Africa.
Applicants are expected to submit a 400-word essay on “Development Reporting: What Matters most to me” as well as a 400-word pitch on their intended story idea/ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org. Shortlisted journalists are expected to be contacted by April 10. 2017.