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BBC News Komla Dumor Award

Organisation: BBC

Status: Closed

  • Awards and Prizes
  • Media support

Funding Size: £7000

Deadline: 15/03/2024

  • Eligibility Criteria
    – Applicants must be currently living and working as a journalist in Africa;
  • Type of Funding: Programmatic
  • Target Region: Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Application Language: English

The BBC News Komla Dumor Award will be made to an outstanding individual living and working in Africa, who combines strong journalism skills, and an exceptional talent in telling African stories.

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.

  • Excellent journalism skills, including in digital and social media.
  • Broadcasting experience is preferable.
  • An excellent broadcasting personality, voice and strong presenting skills with the ability to perform at the microphone and in front of the camera with flair.
  • The ability to identify and pitch a strong original African story idea.
  • Fluency in English as a first or equivalent language.
  • You must provide a CV (maximum two pages).
  • You must hold or be able to obtain by 31 March 2024 a passport that is valid until at least 31st January 2025.
  • 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 2024 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.
Award Information
  • The winner of the BBC News Komla Dumor award will receive a once-in-a-lifetime training and development opportunity with the BBC in London, starting in early September 2024  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.  They will also arrange and pay for the winner’s accommodation in London during their placement. The winner will receive a £7000 allowance during the three months in London (tax and deductions will be made as appropriate).

The deadline for applications is March 15, 2024.

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