Reporting on illicit finance in Africa – 2016

Deadline: 11th January 2016 

The Thomson Reuters Foundation and The African Centre for Media Excellence are looking for skilled investigative or financial/business journalists based anywhere in Africa to take part in a long-term scheme that will develop their ability to report on illicit finance and tax abuse.

The programme known as 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 or investigations on illicit financial flows
  • A mentoring support scheme that will help produce these stories
  • Intensive training on reporting illicit finance

Journalists will not be considered to have completed the scheme until they have produced at least one story or investigation on illicit financial flows, and will not receive their certificates until this point.

Benefits of the scheme

  • If selected, you will take part in one intensive workshops (5 days) 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

What we are looking for

  • Journalists with at least two years of professional experience
  • Journalists with experience of investigative journalism and/or reporting on companies/finances
  • Journalists with a proven motivation to spend significant time reporting on illicit finance and tax abuse
  • 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)

Before applying, please make sure you have the following documents ready:

  • A letter from your editor consenting to your participation in the scheme (as a file that can be uploaded to your application)
  • Two examples of your work (as direct links or as files that can be uploaded to your application)
    Please note that the size of any uploaded files must not exceed 5 MB. Please contact us if you have any difficulties submitting your application.

Click here to begin the application

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