2022 MFWA Climate Change Journalism Fellowship in West Africa
Deadline: September 30, 2022.
The global climate change crisis is real and affecting all regions around the world. In West Africa, the climate change crisis is having a heavy impact on lives and livelihoods in nearly every country. The effects of the crisis have included drought, food insecurity, and pastoralist movement in search of feed for livestock among other conditions that are partly or fully connected to conflicts, inequality and instability in the region.
However, journalists and media in the region are themselves less aware and knowledgeable on the subject matter. In line with this, the MFWA is commencing a regional climate change journalism fellowship programme for young enterprising journalists in the region.
This initiative is intended to build and grow a pool of young West African journalists who would have the relevant knowledge and skills for producing quality and impactful reports on climate change. Ultimately, the work of these journalists would increase public access to climate change information, improve public awareness and instigate holistic action for tackling the climate crisis.
The Fellowship will be both residential and non-residential. For the first three (3) months (October to December), fellows will work remotely from their home countries with oversight supervision from assigned mentors/editors. They will participate in virtual training workshops, seminars, and speaking engagements with high-profile personalities including climate change experts and be assigned field projects to produce stories.
The final three (3) months (January to March 2023) will be residential. Fellows outside Ghana will travel to the country to work directly with the MFWA’s public interest and accountability projects – The Fourth Estate and Fact-Check Ghana. Fellows will go through in-person training workshops, and also produce investigative pieces highlighting issues around climate change.
By the end of the six months, each fellow is expected to produce at least two significant stories on climate change. Fellows will also receive a certificate of participation.
The opportunity is open to journalists from the following countries: Senegal, Ghana, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Niger, Togo, Benin, Guinea, and Mali.
Applicant must be:
- Between the ages of 25 to 35 years on or before the application deadline;
- Proficient in reading, writing, and speaking English or French. Francophone applicants must have a working knowledge of English.
- Available for full participation in the fellowship virtually as well as residentially in Accra, Ghana to attend training and assignments from October 2022, to March 2023;
- Willing to commit to a six-month fellowship programme, involving three months of virtual training and three months of residential training in Accra, Ghana
- Training and mentorship opportunities
- Monthly stipend and data allowance
Interested applicants must fill out the fellowship application form (Click here for the form). The application form requires an applicant to submit a statement of interest stating why they want to participate in the fellowship (maximum of 350 words), a CV including two referees, and a copy of any national identification.