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Reporting on Illicit Finance in Africa

Key Information
  • Eligibility:
    • Journalists with at least two years of professional experience and fluent English
    • 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. Early career journalists are invited to apply.
    • 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 Africa and working for one or more African media organisations.
    • Journalists applying must have fluent English.
  • Funding amount: Mentoring plus $1,000 per published story
  • Type of funding: Programmatic
  • Target countries: African region
  • Application languages: English

Thomson Reuters Foundation in partnership with the African Centre for Media Excellence is looking for journalists based anywhere in Africa who are motivated to understand how their country could be losing money via illicit means. The mentor programme is a part of the award-winning Wealth of Nations programme run by the Thomson Reuters Foundation in collaboration with some of Africa’s leading organisations promoting excellence in journalism.

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:

  • The production of stories on illicit financial flows
  • A mentoring support scheme that will help produce these stories
  • Intensive training on reporting illicit finance taking place online between 12 October – 06 November 2020

Benefits of the scheme

  • If selected, you will take part in an intensive online workshop covering illicit finance, reporting on companies, accounts and budgets, and investigative techniques.
  • You will propose one or more story ideas that you wish to work on within the scheme – we will provide experienced journalists to help you pursue your stories right up to publication/broadcast.
  • 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 participants from other regions.

Read more about the project here.

Deadline: Ongoing

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