2020 Thomson Reuters Foundation Reporting on Illicit Finance in Africa Training
Deadline: February 23, 2020.
Thomson Reuters Foundation in partnership with MISA Zimbabwe, of the Media Institute of Southern Africa, is looking for Zimbabwean journalists who are motivated to understand how their country could be losing money via illicit means.
Wealth of Nations is a long-term engagement, and journalists who take part must commit to all elements of the scheme, signing an agreement to this effect. These elements include:
- Intensive training on reporting illicit finance
- The first workshop will take place from Thursday, 19 March – Saturday, 21 March 2020 in Harare
- A follow-up workshop will take place from Thursday, 23 April – Saturday, 25 April 2020 in Harare
- For selected participants:
- The production of stories on illicit financial flows
- A mentoring support scheme that will help produce these stories
They are looking for:
- Journalists who have not taken part in Wealth of Nations before.
- Journalists with at least two years of professional experience.
- It is an advantage if you are familiar with investigative journalism, reporting on finances and/or dealing with numbers more generally, but if you have a strong motivation to learn about and understand these issues then we will consider your application.
- You must be able to spend significant time working on illicit finance stories.
- Both freelancers and staff journalists may apply. Journalists working for a news organisation will need consent from their editor to take part. Freelancers should provide evidence that one or more media organisations will be willing to take their work.
- Journalists working in any medium or multiple media are welcome to apply (print, online, radio or television).
- Journalists should be based in Zimbabwe and working for one or more Zimbabwean media organisations.
- Journalists applying must have fluent English.
- If selected, you will take part in two intensive workshops covering illicit finance, reporting on companies, accounts and budgets, and investigative techniques. The workshops will take place in Harare.
- You will propose one or more story ideas that you wish to work on within the scheme – if you are selected, we will provide experienced journalists to help you pursue your stories right up to publication/broadcast.
- Selected participants will receive modest funding to help them realise their stories.
- You will have exclusive access to expertise through our network of illicit finance experts.
- You will also have access to story ideas and editorial advice and will be invited to share your own expertise with other participants.
- Successful applicants will receive a full bursary that will cover accommodation, local transfers and meals.
- Two work samples
- A letter from your editor consenting to your participation and confirming that they will publish any story produced through the programme