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Reporting on Illicit Finance in Africa (Bulawayo)

31 Aug, 2022
MISA Zimbabwe, of the Media Institute of Southern Africa in partnership with Thomson Reuters Foundation, are looking for Zimbabwean journalists who are motivated to understand how their country could be losing money via illicit means.
Reporting on Illicit Finance in Africa
Dates: 02 November 04 November | Location: Bulawayo
Application deadline: 11 September | Programme: Wealth of Nations – Illicit finance (NORAD)

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This is an opportunity provided by the Wealth of Nations – Illicit finance (NORAD) programme: Find out more 

Deadline for applications: 23:59 BST on Sunday, 11 September 2022.

We are accepting applications on a rolling basis, please apply as soon as possible.

MISA Zimbabwe, of the Media Institute of Southern Africa in partnership with Thomson Reuters Foundation, 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 Wednesday, 02 to Friday, 04 November 2022 in Bulawayo
    • A follow-up workshop will take place from Wednesday, 30 November to Friday, 02 December 2022 in Bulawayo
  • For selected participants:
    • The production of stories on illicit financial flows
    • A mentoring support scheme that will help produce these stories

Journalists will not be considered to have completed the scheme until they have completed all the elements, which for selected participants includes producing at least one story on illicit financial flows, and will not receive their certificates until this point.

Please note: Applications are also open now for an identical Wealth of Nations scheme for Zimbabwean journalists taking place in Harare earlier in 2022. Interested journalists who are not available during the above dates (for the Bulawayo workshops) are encouraged to apply. Applicants will be asked to specify in the application form which scheme(s) they would be available to participate in. Applicants should not indicate a preference for a particular scheme based on the workshop location as successful applicants receive a bursary which covers transport costs to and from the workshops. More information, including details of how to apply, can be found here.

BENEFITS OF THE SCHEME

  • 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 Bulawayo.
  • 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.

Who Can Apply

  • 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.

Course Logistics

Successful applicants will receive a full bursary that will cover accommodation, local transfers and meals.

SUBMISSIONS

  • Two work samples. TV/Radio journalists can send in their scripts and a brief summary.
    • If relevant work samples are in local language, please provide an English translation (if work sample is online, please share link so that we the web page can be translated).
  • A letter from your editor consenting to your participation and confirming that they will publish any story produced through the programme
    • For example, the letter should say “I confirm that we will publish any story produced through the programme”.
    • If the letter from your editor does not explicitly state this, we will not be able to consider your application.

Please have these ready before you begin the form.

Please note that acceptance on the programme does not mean that your story proposal has been approved. If you are accepted, the story proposal will be reviewed by our editorial team before approval.

If you have any difficulties applying, please email TRFMedia@thomsonreuters.com with the subject title ‘Reporting on illicit finance in Africa – Zimbabwe 2022’ – we cannot guarantee a swift response if this subject line is not quoted.

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About MISA

The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) was founded in 1992. Its work focuses on promoting, and advocating for, the unhindered enjoyment of freedom of expression, access to information and a free, independent, diverse and pluralistic media.

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