Environment reporting training for journalists in Uganda 

15 slots available

Deadline: 15 October 2021

African Centre for Media Excellence (ACME), with support from the European Delegation to Uganda, invites journalists in Uganda who are interested in environmental issues to apply for a fellowship on covering the environment. 

Why now? ACME previous studies on media coverage of public affairs have shown that the environment and natural resources are some of the most underreported issues in Ugandan media. More so the little reporting there is, is mostly event-led and yet for environment reporting to have an impact, it needs to be consistent and sustained. 

The training consists of two core courses to take place in Kampala. The first course, a foundational one, will last five days — from 25-29 October 2021. The second course, slated for November, is a follow-up workshop running for another five days.

The courses offer knowledge and skills modules within a context of holistic and comprehensive support to journalists. This support is through mentoring, coaching, access to sources, use of data, innovative use of digital and online databases, as well as interaction with peers, experts, policymakers, and oversight actors. The courses are interactive, practical, and participant-driven.

The in-person training will be conducted under strict observance of the SOPs as laid down by the government.

Who Will Attend

This call is intended for journalists in Uganda working with media organisations, including online platforms. Freelance journalists are free to apply. Selected journalists will be fully sponsored and required to commit to and complete all aspects of this residential training programme before, during, and after the courses. Fifteen places are available. Women journalists are especially encouraged to apply.

What to Do if Interested

Apply by filling completing this online application form by close of business on Friday, 15 October 2021.

The online application form requires you to provide:

  1. Your name and contact information
  2. Name and address (including website) of the media organisation or platform you report for.
  3. Name, email, and phone number of your editor or editorial supervisor who will approve your participation in the training.
  4. Your professional profile (should include, among other elements, how long you have worked as a journalist, areas you have reported on, and how you think attending this training will benefit your career).
  5. Story samples: Include in your form up to three samples of your stories on environment-related issues. If you have not reported on these issues, provide story samples on other topics you have covered. Samples may be submitted as online links or attached as scanned copies or audio and video files.

For inquiries, please send an email to training[at]acme-ug.org

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