Thomson Reuters Foundation calls an application on Reporting on Human Rights 2020.
Thomson Reuters Foundation will conduct an 8-week distance training program in English that will aim to strengthen journalistic and advocacy skills and the quality of media reporting on human rights barriers to health. It will provide journalists with the skillset and knowledge needed to better understand and report on these sensitive issues. There will be a focus on gender and LGBT and other human rights-related barriers.
The Thomson Reuters Foundation Reporting on Human Rights 2020 will connect journalists with activists, key experts, and enable them to network with peers from different parts of the region. It will involve a blend of lively interactive online sessions, expert briefings, discussions, practical wiring exercises, and simulations, to sustain a highly practical, engaging, and relevant experience.
The group will meet twice a week for a live 90-minute video session with trainers and/or expert speakers to ask questions, share ideas, learn new skills, and practice them with post-session assignments. An exclusive closed forum will be created for continued discussions about learnings and the exchange of tips and interactions among the group. The journalists will have daily access to the trainers for mentoring on their stories during the eight weeks.
- Applicants must be full-time journalists or regular contributors working for media organizations, preferably with experience working with CSOs, based in the following countries: Sierra Leone, Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, and South Africa.
- They must have a minimum of 3 years’ professional experience, and either specialize in health reporting or have a demonstrable interest in covering this sector.
- Applicants must have access to a minimum internet speed of 1 MB/second.
Candidates must submit the following documents at the time of application
- 2 relevant work samples (maximum file size 5 MB). TV/Radio journalists can send in their scripts and a brief summary or links to online versions. Participants are encouraged to provide circulation and reach of their publication.
- A biography of up to 250 words outlining your career.
- A statement of between 250 and 500 words describing any factors affecting your work as a journalist and how you hope to benefit from this training program which you are applying for.