Investigative journalism chair open in South Africa


Journalists who have extensive experience in investigative reporting can apply for this position in Johannesburg.

The University of the Witwatersrand’s Journalism School is hiring a Taco Kuiper Chair/Fellow in Investigative Journalism. The Taco Kuiper Chair/Fellow will teach and supervise graduate students, participate in the Taco Kuiper Awards and the African Investigative Journalism Conference, and write, research and publish.

Qualifications for the Tako Kuiper Chair include a graduate degree. A PhD would be a strong advantage, but not essential if the candidate has extensive professional experience.

The Tako Kuiper Senior Fellow must have strong professional qualifications and experience.

The deadline to apply is Feb. 13.

For more information, click here.

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BBC World News Komla Dumor Award

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Komla Dumor was a journalist of Africa. His passion was to tell African stories to the world with honesty and integrity.

It’s a legacy that the BBC wants to continue.

The BBC World News Komla Dumor Award will be made to an outstanding individual living and working in Africa, who combines strong journalism skills, on air flair, and an exceptional talent in telling African stories with the ambition and potential to become a star of the future.


Role Responsibility

The winner of the BBC World News Komla Dumor award will receive a once-in-a-lifetime training and development opportunity with the BBC in London, starting in early September 2015 and running for three months.  Working with teams from across BBC News, the winner will produce an African story for the BBC and have their story and their voice shared across the continent and the world.  They will be supported by a high-level BBC mentor and attend courses run by the BBC’s world-class training department, the BBC Academy.

The BBC will pay for the winner’s flights to and from the UK and for their visa.  We will also arrange and pay for the winner’s accommodation in London during their placement.  The winner will receive £2,000 per month for the three month placement to cover their living expenses and a one-off payment of £5,000 as a contribution towards loss of salary in their home country.  Some of the above may be subject to taxation (and deductions will be made as appropriate).

The Ideal Candidate

To apply for this prestigious award, you must be currently living and working as a journalist in Africa with 3 to 10 years’ experience as a professional journalist in Africa. You must also have the following skills and experience:

  • Excellent journalism skills, including in digital and social media.
  • Broadcasting experience is preferable.
  • An excellent broadcasting voice and strong presenting skills with the ability to perform at the microphone with flair.
  • The ability to identify and pitch a strong original African story idea, aligned to the BBC editorial guidelines
  • Wide and up-to-date knowledge and understanding of the African continent, including politics, business, culture, history and sport.
  • Fluency in English as a first or equivalent language.

Additional requirements for all applicants

  • You must provide a CV (maximum two pages) / complete a careers hub profile.
  • You must hold or be able to obtain by 1st March 2015 a passport that is valid until at least 31st January 2016.
  • You must not be a current or former member of BBC staff.
  • If successful, your employer must be willing to release you for three months from September 2015 for you to travel on your own to take up your placement in London.
  • The visa requires that you hold a degree or are studying towards a degree equivalent to a UK Bachelor’s degree from a recognised university.
  • References, proof of employment, birth certificate, passport, an appropriate UK visa and proof of level of English will be required from shortlisted candidates.

Terms and conditions

  • You must provide the BBC with your name, email and postal address if you wish to enter for this award.
  • The BBC will only ever use your personal details for the purposes of administering this award, and will not publish them or provide them to anyone without your permission.
  • The deadline for receiving entries for the award is final. This is 23.59 hours on Monday 2 February 2015. No entries received after this date will be considered.
  • The BBC will not be liable for any costs incurred in the application process for this award.
  • The BBC does not accept any responsibility for late or lost entries. Proof of sending is not proof of receipt. No responsibility is accepted for incomplete entries or entries made fraudulently.
  • This award is not open to employees of the BBC, any person directly involved in the BBC or the running of the competition.
  • The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into thereafter.
  • The BBC reserves the right to use the names and images of shortlisted candidates in publicity material.
  • The award winner will be contacted personally.
  • The award must be taken as stated and cannot be deferred. There will be no cash alternative.
  • The BBC reserves the right to cancel this award scheme at any stage, if deemed necessary in its opinion, and if circumstances arise outside of its control.
  • The awardee must be able to secure an appropriate UK visa, which the BBC will arrange and pay for on the awardee’s behalf.  The BBC will withdraw the offer of a placement, if an appropriate UK visa cannot be obtained.
  • The awardee assigns all copyright or other intellectual property rights in the contribution they supply to the BBC as a result of placement.
  • The awardee grants the BBC the unlimited right to edit, copy, alter, add to, take from, adapt or translate the contributions and, with regard to such contributions and any BBC content in which they may have been included, waives irrevocably any ‘moral rights’ they may have under any laws of any jurisdiction.
  • The BBC reserves the right to withdraw the award at any stage if the awardee brings the BBC into disrepute.
  • The awardee is expected to return to their home country at the end of their BBC placement.
  • This award is administered by the BBC.
  • Entrants will be deemed to have accepted these rules and to agree to be bound by them when entering for this award.


The award entries will be judged and the winner decided by:

Andrew Roy – World Editor, BBC News. Formerly Head of News for BBC World News

Vera Kwakofi – Current Affairs Editor, BBC Africa

Charles Onyango-Obbo – Author and Editor, Mail & Guardian Africa. Formerly Executive Editor for Africa at the Nation Media Group.

Please ensure you read the terms and conditions before applying.

If you do not meet the criteria but want to develop your journalism skills, the BBC provides practical advice.

To apply you will need to register and create a profile on the careers hub.

If you have any issues when applying please contact:

Telephone 0044 20 300 89013 (Option 1; 09:00am-6:00pm; Mon-Fri (UK Time)

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Reporting trip to Nepal accepting applications


Innovative journalists, bloggers, influential social media practitioners and other media professionals can apply for a two-week reporting trip to Nepal.

Johns Hopkins University’s International Reporting Project will conduct the reporting trip April 25 to May 7. The trip will focus on health and development in Nepal, particularly in light of the upcoming end of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the potential adoption of Sustainable Development Goals.

The IRP will cover roundtrip airfare, visa fees, hotel costs, meals and local transportation costs. Fellows who wish to extend their stay will have the option to arrange that at their own expense.

Candidates must complete an application and an essay of at least 800 words describing the types of stories they will pursue during the group trip.

Preference will be given to citizens or residents of Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Japan, Kenya, South Africa, United Kingdom and United States.

The deadline to apply is Feb. 16.

For more information, click here.

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Media contest for integration & diversity is open

Journalists in the European Union and Switzerland can enter a contest on migration, integration and diversity.

The CIVIS Media Foundation is accepting applications for the CIVIS Media Prize in four categories: radio in German; TV in German, English or French; young journalists; and online news and video in German or English.

Works must promote the peaceful coexistence of people of different national, ethnic, religious or cultural backgrounds.

Winners will receive cash prizes.

The deadline to apply is Jan. 20.

For more information, click here.

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Anthropology film festival accepting documentaries

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Filmmakers worldwide whose work relates to anthropology can participate in an international film festival.

The Russian Anthropological Film Festival (RAFF), founded by the Ethnographic Bureau, aims to promote the integration of Russian anthropological cinema into the world cinematographic community. RAFF focuses on man in culture and culture in man.

The festival will take place July 7-10 in Yekaterinburg, Russia.

Short documentaries (length up to 40 minutes) produced by filmmakers of any nationality not earlier than 2012 are eligible. Films in languages other than Russian and English must include subtitles.

The contest will award prizes in the following categories: grand prix, best director and best anthropologist. Prizes consist of trophies and diplomas.

The deadline is March 1.

For more information, click here.

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Pulitzer grant for crisis reporting open

Journalists who reside outside the United States interested in crisis reporting can apply for a US$5,000 travel grant.

The Persephone Miel Fellowship will fund a reporting project that focuses on a global crisis underreported in the mainstream American media.

The fellowship, overseen by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting in consultation with Internews, is designed to enable media professionals outside the United States to bring their work to a broader international audience. The fellowship will benefit those with limited access to other fellowships or international distribution of their work.

The fellowships are open to all journalists, writers, photographers, radio producers or filmmakers; staff journalists as well as freelancers and media professionals who are seeking to report from their home country. Women are strongly encouraged to apply. Applicants must be proficient in English.

The application deadline is Feb. 15.

For more information, click here.

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Apply for The Arthur F. Burns Fellowships

American journalists have until March 1, 2015, to apply for a professional exchange program in Germany. Successful applicants will spend August and September living, working and reporting for their home and host news organizations from across the Atlantic.

The Arthur F. Burns Fellowships is a competitive program open to U.S., Canadian and German journalists between the age of 21-40, who are employed by a newspaper, news magazine, broadcast station, news agency or who work freelance and/or online. Applicants must have demonstrated journalistic talent and a strong interest in North American-European affairs. German language proficiency is not required, but it is encouraged.

The Fellowship offers two options:

Option 1: Following an orientation program in Washington, North American fellows participate in an intensive, two-week-long language training at Goethe Institutes in fellows’ host cities. Expenses for language training will be covered and details are made available shortly after announcement of selected fellows (around the end of April). In August and September, fellows work as temporary staff members at host newspapers, magazines, and radio and television stations.

Option 2: As of the 2015 program, an additional format has been introduced allowing North American journalists the opportunity to work in Germany for five to six weeks, throughout August and part of September. Journalists who prefer this format will not be formally “hosted” by a German newsroom but will instead be connected with Burns program alumni who will mentor them during their time abroad. Fellows will focus on implementing a previously proposed major story or project for their home media. The story or project must be endorsed by an editor at a media outlet upon application and publication guaranteed. They will not participate in the two-week language training.

Each U.S. Fellow receives a $4,000 stipend to cover living expenses during the 9-week-long fellowship in Germany. Participants also receive $1,200 for travel expenses or a travel voucher, and the program also pays living expenses during the orientation in Washington, D.C. Those fellows on the 5-6 week program will receive an amount proportional to their fellowship length.

The program – under patronage by German Ambassador Dr. Peter Wittig in Washington and U.S. Ambassador John B. Emerson in Berlin – is jointly administered by the International Center for Journalists in Washington, D.C. and the Internationale Journalisten-Programme (IJP) in Königstein, Germany.

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James Foley Memorial Fellowship launched

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Photojournalists can apply for a study-abroad journalism program.

The Institute for Education in International Media (ieiMedia) has established the James Foley Memorial Scholarship in International Photojournalism in memory of the photojournalist who was executed while covering the war in Syria.

The US$5,000 photojournalism scholarship covers tuition, program fees and meals for participation in ieiMedia’s Urbino program in Italy. The program is jointly sponsored by James Madison University and Iowa State University.

The winner will work with two award-winning photojournalists in an experiential program that runs through the month of June 2015. The recipient is responsible for his or her own airfare.

The deadline to apply is Feb. 1.

For more information, click here.

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Competition open for Pulitzer Prizes in journalism

Journalists who work for newspapers or websites in the United States that publish at least weekly can win US$10,000.

The Pulitzer Prize in journalism is awarded to stories that represent high journalistic standards and excellence.

Entries may include text, video, multimedia and other visual storytelling methods. The contest has 14 categories – breaking news, investigative, explanatory, local, national, international, commentary, criticism, editorial writing, public service, cartoon, breaking news photography, feature photography and feature writing.

Each category winner will receive the cash prize except for public service, whose winner will receive a gold medal.

Team entries are acceptable, but only five individuals are allowed on each team. Magazines, broadcast media or their respective websites are not eligible.

All entries must be submitted electronically by Jan. 26.

For more information, click here.

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BuzzFeed seeks reporter in Nigeria

Experienced journalists with an established social media presence can apply for this position in Lagos or Abuja.

BuzzFeed is looking for a reporter to cover stories of regional and global importance out of Nigeria. The reporter will cover both breaking news and in-depth stories, covering Boko Haram, Nigeria’s film, fashion and tech scenes and Nigerian politics.

Candidates must have a solid list of contacts and reporting experience in Nigeria.

For more information, click here.

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