Month: December 2018


Five Open Society Fellowships in Investigative Reporting are available each year for 2019, 2020 and 2021. Each fellowship will last for 18 months, consisting of 12 months’ study, 6 months’ internship and attendance at two international investigative journalism conferences (one in South African and one in the USA).

Fellows will emerge with the fully accredited Wits University BA Hons in Journalism and Media Studies, accredited certificate from a Rhodes PAMS course, certificates of attendance at the IRE and AIJC conferences, a portfolio of work and letters of recommendation form their internships.


Candidates must have a minimum of two years of journalism or relevant experience and be eligible for Wits Journalism’s mid-career Honours programme: you must either have an undergraduate degree with 65% or better, or pass through an RPL entrance test. This is an affirmative action programme and black and female candidates will be favoured. Four of the positions will be reserved for South African residents, and the fifth is open to candidates from the African continent.


Course Structure

Fellows will do the Wits BA Hons in Journalism and Media Studies with a specialisation in Investigative Journalism. The Honours will be made up of five courses and three special elements.

The courses will be:
– Journalism Studies
– Investigative Journalism A and B

A choice of one of the following courses:
– Video Journalism
– Online Journalism
– Photojournalism

Research report: Based at Rhodes University for a semester, the fellows will do a major investigative project, under individual mentorship, along with a self-critical essay and two articles for publication.

The three additional elements will be:
– One international conference chosenfrom:
– Investigative Reporters and Editors annual Data Journalism Conference in March in the USA
– IRE’s annual Investigative Journalism Conference in June in the USA – (for 2019 and 2021 only)
– The Global Investigative Journalism Conference, 2019 in Hamburg, 2021 venue TBC
– The African Investigative Journalism Conference held every Oct/Nov at Wits
– The Fundamentals of Social Accountability Monitoring course run by PAMS at Rhodes University.

Fwd: Thomson Reuters Foundation: Reporting Rural Poverty and Agricultural Development Workshop

Deadline: 2 January 2019
The Thomson Reuters Foundation is inviting journalists for its Reporting Rural Poverty and Agricultural Development workshop.
In order to ensure the daily issues faced by rural poor people and their communities are acknowledged, it is important that their stories are heard and their voices are amplified. With funding from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the specialised UN agency, they will bring together journalists from around the world to attend this workshop aimed to enable journalists to tell the story of rural development.

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By Oluwatosin Akinrinde

It is a known fact that the media is saddled with the primary responsibility of portraying issues that are peculiar to a particular set of people within a socio-political terrain. It is of essence to note that the authors of our 1999 constitution understood the necessity for community reporting by inserting a fundamental clause in section 22. This clause helps to buttress the fact that the media, as the fourth realm of the estate, is essentially charged with the mandate to discuss the challenges that plague the developmental pace of a nation, including the world.
This then subtly reinstates the core functions of the media – to educate, to inform and to entertain. In a bid to ensure the people and the government are abreast with certain pieces of information, the need for community reporting gets to be germane.
Research in the field of journalism reveals that the journalistic terminology “community reporting” should be a locally-oriented cum professional news coverage that deals with city neighborhoods, individual suburbs or small towns, rather than national or world news. This is as a result of the fact that community reporting basically concentrates on news-worthy stories that affect the locals and inhabitants of a particular place. Experts in the field of journalism, however, opine that if a community report tilts towards wider topics, it would most likely concentrate on the possible effect it would have on the local audience being targeted.
However, contextualizing community reporting in Nigeria, one cannot but notice the huge gap in that arm of journalism. In fact, one could opine that there are numerous unreported and underreported issues in various rural communities across Nigeria. This then gives us the temerity to question how much local reporting various media houses in Nigeria embark on. How much of their socio-economic and developmental challenges are being reported?
If our local reports had been able to put successive governments on their toes, no one would question the effectiveness and the quality of our work as journalists.
It is a statement of fact that community reporting may not constitute the juicy aspect of core journalism, especially in Nigeria where many media houses have failed to pay journalists in months. In fact, community reporting lacks the glitz and glamour a budding or seasoned journalist wishes to clinch.
But the media is the mouthpiece of the helpless. And the main goal of effective journalism is to spur national development through well-researched reports.
It is necessary that reporters, saddled with the responsibility to engage in community reporting, should view their beats as sacrosanct. This is owing to the fact that effective community reportage helps attract the attention of the government to the pending developmental issues that clog the developmental wheel of the country at large.
Experts estimate that eighty percent of our estimated population of 180 million live in these rural communities. This indicates that if basic developmental issues are dealt with by thorough community reporting, issues that deal with poverty, insecurity, disease outbreaks among others would be reduced to the barest minimum.


Journalists across various media houses gathered in Lagos to learn the rudiments of election reporting. The training titled ELECTIONS FROM A DRONE VIEW, was organized by MEDRIVE, a media hub focused on impact journalism. Read More