Public finance-focused civic-tech organization BudgIT, has announced a six-month, highly competitive Civic-Tech Media Fellowship designed to support six (6) journalists interested in covering human-angle stories. The fellowship will include training on Data Journalism, Investigative reporting, Desk research and provide up-to-date knowledge on the intersection between journalism, civil society and new media.
Open to print, electronic and online media practitioners, successful candidates are expected to pursue stories and themes centered on: Budget access, Project tracking, the Use of Extractive Revenues, Social justice, Anti-corruption, Open Government Partnership (OGP) and the Cost of Corruption. BudgIT is also placing its award-winning research, data analysis and creative design teams at all participants’ disposal, for the six-month duration of the scheme.
All fellows will 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.
Fellows will also be required to publish three stories monthly, with one focused on any of designated themes, and the other two on issues related to the candidate’s interests.
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 (including timelines, cost implications and access to sources), to firstname.lastname@example.org. Interested journalists with further enquiries can contact Abayomi Akinbo at email@example.com or Stanley Achonu at firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline for application is March 24 and shortlisted journalists will be contacted by April 10, 2017. The BudgIT Civic-Media Tech Fellowship begins in May 2017, and ends November 2017. Female candidates are strongly urged to apply.