Africa

Thomson Reuters Foundation Elections Reporting Programme


Deadline: May 1, 2017

The Thomson Reuters Foundation is partnering with TRI Facts at Africa Check – Africa’s first independent fact-checking organisation – to help African journalists and editors to fact-check their own election coverage. The programme will provide skills, tools and resources on fact-checking in an African context. It will look at how to develop and integrate evidence-based election coverage into existing newsrooms, and how to make information engaging for an audience that might be fed up with the campaign. In an era of “post truth”, fake news and propaganda, fact checking is more important than ever. Citizens need access to reliable news, based on evidence – particularly during election campaigns, when the news agenda is dominated by claims, promises and accusations made by politicians and the candidates vying to replace them.

The programme will feature:

  • A five-day workshop in Nairobi for journalists and editors, delivered by the Thomson Reuters Foundation and TRI Facts (Africa Check’s training and research division). It will feature practical fact-checking and reporting exercises to equip participants with the skills they need to fact-check political claims during an election campaign, and after elections.
  • A mentoring scheme: participants will be invited to submit proposals for stories or projects and a selection will receive one-to-one support from experts at the Thomson Reuters Foundation and TRI Facts. It could be a review of promises made in the previous election, an analysis of how various government departments use facts, or could involve setting up a “promise tracker” to follow up on what politicians say in the next campaign.
  • Participants will also receive support on specific fact-checks, for claims that prove difficult to verify.

Cost

  • All transport and subsistence costs of journalists and editors participating in this programme will be covered by the organisers.

Eligibility

  • Journalists and editors working for domestic media in African countries with elections coming up in the near- to mid-term (preferably in 2017 or 2018). These include, but are not limited to: Kenya, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Rwanda, Somaliland, Cameroon, Madagascar, Mauritania, and Zimbabwe.
  • You can be working in any medium – print, radio, TV, online
  • We are interested to hear from journalists or editors with the ability to change practice in their newsroom – for example by setting up standardised fact-checking processes
  • Applicants must be fluent in English
  • Applicants must have a minimum of one year’s experience. They should either be working full-time for a media organisation, or a freelancer whose main work is journalism

Application Process

When applying you will be asked to upload the following documents – please have these ready:

  •  2 relevant work samples (maximum file size 5 MB). For stories not in English, please include a 250-word English summary about the story. Editors may submit stories that they have edited and which exemplify the output of their team or newsroom.
  • A letter from your editor (if applicable) consenting to your participation in the programme and committing to publish/broadcast resulting stories or implement editorial projects.

Complete the application form

If you have any difficulties applying, please email [email protected]

For more information, visit Election Reporting Programme.

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