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APPLY NOW! tralac AfCFTA Masterclass for Trade Journalists

tralac is hosting an AfCFTA masterclass for a maximum of 15 select African trade journalists on 8 August 2022. The training will provide up-to-date information about the AfCFTA and practical support for reporting (across media channels) on the AfCFTA. 

 

 

Date: August 8, 2022

Duration:  4 hours (11:00AM – 1:00PM CAT & 2:00PM – 4:00PM CAT)

Platform: Zoom

 

The Trade Law Centre (tralac) offers capacity building on trade and regional integration, including the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). tralac believes access to up-to-date information by journalists on the AfCFTA is essential to the success of the Agreement hence seeks to contribute to building a network of AfCFTA journalists across the continent. To this end, in 2019, tralac hosted a training course for trade journalists themed: ‘Reporting on the AfCFTA’ in Cape Town, South Africa.

With the advent of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, the tralac media training migrated online;  a webinar on ‘Policy responses to Covid-19 and implications for the AfCFTA was held in July 2020.’ In July 2022, tralac hosted a four-part online training programme for trade journalists which provided updates on the AfCFTA’s implementation; relationship between AfCFTA and the RECs; Dispute settlement in the AfCFTA; as well as Digital trade in the AfCFTA.

As a build-up, tralac is hosting an AfCFTA masterclass for a maximum of 15 select African trade journalists on 8 August 2022. The training will provide up-to-date information about the AfCFTA and practical support for reporting (across media channels) on the AfCFTA.

Objectives

  • Support trade journalists to develop their understanding of the AfCFTA Agreement including its Protocols, Annexes and Appendices.
  • Support development of capacity to effectively source data and information for reporting AfCFTA stories.
  • Share experiences to leverage digital and social media to produce and disseminate AfCFTA stories.
  • To contribute to creating a network of African trade journalists with the capacity to provide accurate and up-to-date reporting about AfCFTA.

 

Methodology

The one-day masterclass will feature highly interactive virtual sessions on the AfCFTA Agreement and how to produce accurate, impactful and up-to-date stories about the Agreement. The sessions will cover the following:

  • Overview of the AfCFTA Agreement including its Protocols, Annexes and Appendices.
  • How to Report AfCFTA stories.
  • Sourcing data and information for AfCFTA stories (Expert Interviews, AfCFTA Events, Press Releases, AfCFTA Documents, Social Media Data Mining).
  • Sharing digital and social media for promoting/disseminating AfCFTA stories.
  • Experience sharing: A practical session to sharing reporting experiences)

 

Eligibility Criteria for Applicants

  • Must be a trade journalist with a proven strong track record of reporting about African trade and integration issues.
  • Must have produced at least one impactful AfCFTA story in the last Six (6)
  • Must be committed to fully and actively participating in the virtual masterclass in August.
  • Committed to reporting about the AfCFTA, beyond the masterclass
  • Female trade journalists are strongly encouraged to apply

 

Outcomes

  • Enhanced understanding of the AfCFTA Agreement including its Protocols, Annexes and Appendices.
  • Enhanced capacity to leverage digital and social media to produce and disseminate AfCFTA stories.
  • Contribution to support a corps of trade journalists committed to providing accurate and up-to-date reporting about the AfCFTA.

 

To apply:

Send a brief bio, and a sample of a recent AfCFTA story to Info@tralac.org, by 29 July 2022.

 

 

 

 

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