Thomson Reuters Foundation is partnering with TRI Facts at Africa Check – Africa’s first independent fact-checking organisation – to help African journalists and editors to fact-check their own election coverage.
Application Deadline: 1st May 2017
Eligible Countries: Kenya, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Rwanda, Somaliland, Cameroon, Madagascar, Mauritania, and Zimbabwe.
To be taken at (country): Nairobi, Kenya
About the Award: The programme will provide skills, tools and resources on fact-checking in an African context. It will look at how to develop and integrate evidence-based election coverage into existing newsrooms, and how to make information engaging for an audience that might be fed up with the campaign.
In an era of “post truth”, fake news and propaganda, fact checking is more important than ever. Citizens need access to reliable news, based on evidence – particularly during election campaigns, when the news agenda is dominated by claims, promises and accusations made by politicians and the candidates vying to replace them.
However, providing quality, fact-checked coverage of an election can be a challenge when newsrooms have limited resources and are under pressure from increasingly short deadlines. Professional media may also have to contend with a growing lack of transparency from government sources, and compete with unregulated “information sources” on social media.
- Journalists and editors working for domestic media in African countries with elections coming up in the near- to mid-term (preferably in 2017 or 2018). These include, but are not limited to: Kenya, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Rwanda, Somaliland, Cameroon, Madagascar, Mauritania, and Zimbabwe.
- You can be working in any medium – print, radio, TV, online
- We are interested to hear from journalists or editors with the ability to change practice in their newsroom – for example by setting up standardised fact-checking processes
- Applicants must be fluent in English
- Applicants must have a minimum of one year’s experience. They should either be working full-time for a media organisation, or a freelancer whose main work is journalism
Value of Program: We will cover all transport and subsistence costs of journalists and editors participating in this programme.
Duration of Program: 5 days
How to Apply: When applying you will be asked to upload the following documents – please have these ready:
- 2 relevant work samples (maximum file size 5 MB). For stories not in English, please include a 250-word English summary about the story. Editors may submit stories that they have edited and which exemplify the output of their team or newsroom.
- A letter from your editor (if applicable) consenting to your participation in the programme and committing to publish/broadcast resulting stories or implement editorial projects.
If you have any difficulties applying, please email [email protected]
Award Provider: Thomson Reuters Foundation