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Call for Proposals for Trade Reporting on the Impact Of COVID-19

  • Eligibility:
    • Applicants must be full-time journalists or regular contributors working for media organisations based in the following countries: Lesotho, Zambia, Uganda, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Malawi, Tuvalu, Solomon Islands, Ethiopia and Rwanda.
    • Applicants should have a minimum of two years’ professional experience, and should explain through their applications why they will benefit from participation in this course, and how they plan to use lessons learned in their professional work.
    • Once selected, applicants will also be asked to provide a letter from their editor supporting their participation in the programme, including a commitment to publish the story they will produce should they participate in the mentoring component of the course. This will only be requested by TRF once applicants have been selected for the course.
    • Applicants must have access to a minimum internet speed of 8Mb/second. Applicants will also need access to a computer to participate in the training; participation from a mobile or smart phone will not be possible.
  • Funding amount: Not Available
  • Type of funding: Programmatic
  • Target countries: Lesotho, Zambia, Uganda, Cambodia, Tuvalu, Solomon Islands, etc.
  • Application languages: English

Thomson Reuters Foundation (TRF) is partnering with the World Trade Organisation (WTO) for Trade Reporting after the Impact of Covid-19 programme and is seeking applications to offer journalists a three-day journalism course to hone skills reporting on the economy and trade under the impact of COVID-19, using sound principles of journalism such as accuracy, independence and freedom from bias.

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on global trade. Disruption of global supply chains, new export restrictions, decisions on relief packages to MSMEs or the launch of an e-commerce platform are issues that Ministries of Trade need to communicate to the media and general public. As such, accurate and clear reporting on these issues by local and international journalists is crucial.

This online training course will be delivered in English, combining live video sessions and offline work. The programme will involve a blend of lively interactive online sessions, expert briefings, and exercises, to sustain a highly practical, engaging and relevant experience.

As part of the same partnership, government officials working with the WTO’s Enhanced Integrated Framework will also receive media training from TRF. Participants from both courses will be brought together on the 3rd day of the programme for knowledge and experience exchange, to understand challenges encountered and put lessons learned on their separate courses into practice with mock interviews and press conferences. This is extremely beneficial in building networks and synergies for increased collaboration.

For more info and application see here

Status: Open

Deadline: Ongoing


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