The Next Generation Investigative Journalism (NGIJ) Fellowship Programme 2023 in Ghana, Africa

Next Generation Investigative Journalism (NGIJ) Fellowship

Are you a young journalist or a fresh journalism graduate based in Ghana who seeks to specialize in critical, fact-based, in-depth, and investigative reporting on tax justice, domestic resource mobilization and illicit financial flows? Then here is an exceptional opportunity for you to apply for the Next Generation Investigative Journalism (NGIJ) Fellowship Programme.

Next Generation Investigative Journalism (NGIJ) Fellowship
Next Generation Investigative Journalism (NGIJ) Fellowship

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Next Generation Investigative Journalism (NGIJ) Fellowship

The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) invites applications for the 3rd edition of its Next Generation Investigative Journalism (NGIJ) fellowship programme. The Fellowship is an initiative to promote public interest, accountability journalism in West Africa through mentorship and training of young promising journalism graduates as well as bolster quality journalism that advances transparency and accountability in governance, and the promotion of human rights.

Under the programme, selected fellows will be hosted in Ghana for a three-month comprehensive mentorship with Fact-Check Ghana and The Fourth Estate, both being MFWA’s public interest and accountability journalism projects made up of seasoned journalists. Fellows will receive intensive practical training to be able to conduct critical, high-quality, fact-based in-depth and enterprise reporting towards improving lives and promoting good governance through journalism excellence.

Fellows will also be supported to produce compelling investigative and/or fact-checking reports and expected to deliver at least one significant report each by end of the programme. Fellows will receive a Certificate of Honour upon successful completion of the programme.

Specifications of the Next Generation Investigative Journalism (NGIJ) Fellowship

This year’s fellowship will be 3-months. It will cover the period September to November 2023. Aside from training on fact-checking and investigative reporting, there will also be specific training workshops focused on issues of progressive taxation, domestic resource mobilization and illicit financial flows. The fellows will build the capacity to carry out investigations that seek to demand fiscal justice and advocate progressive and gender-sensitive domestic resource mobilization to address the growing inequalities and development outcomes at national and subnational levels.

Eligibility criteria:

An Applicant should be a young journalist or freshly graduated journalist between the ages of 21 to 30 years who has just completed national service or is an entry level journalist in a Ghanaian newsroom, whose schedules are flexible enough to allow for full participation in the fellowship in Accra, Ghana. Journalists based in other regions other than Accra are encouraged to apply.

Applicants must be available to fully participate in the three-month fellowship; attend all in-person and virtual training sessions and carry out all assignments throughout the duration of the Fellowship.

Application Deadline: 25 July 2023

How to Apply for the Next Generation Investigative Journalism (NGIJ) Fellowship

Interested journalists should submit a letter of motivation stating why they want to participate in the fellowship, a CV including two referees, and a copy of any national identification not later than July 25, 2023. The documents should be sent to the email: admin@mfwa.org.

Note: This call is open to Journalists based in Ghana. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

About MFWA

The MFWA is a regional independent non-governmental organisation with a network of national partner organisations in all 16 countries in West Africa. It is the biggest and most influential media development and freedom of expression organisation in the region with UN ECOSOC (Economic and Social Council) Consultative Status. The MFWA also has Equivalency Determination Certification with NGO Source that certifies the organisation as being the equivalent of a public charity in the United States.

The MFWA is also the Secretariat of the continental Network of the most prominent Free Expression and Media Development Organisations in Africa, known as the Africa Freedom of Expression Exchange (AFEX).  It also works in partnership with other regional and international organisations through different networks such as IFEX, AFEX, the Africa Freedom of Information Centre (AFIC) and the African Platform on Access to Information (APAI). The organisation also works closely with the regional inter-governmental body, ECOWAS. It also engages frequently with mechanisms of the African Union (AU) and the UN. Apply Here for the NGIJ Fellowship: https://www.mfwa.org/call-for-application-next-generation-investigative-journalism-fellowship-2023/

Next Generation Investigative Journalism (NGIJ) Fellowship

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