Covering urbanisation – A virtual course for Kenya and Tanzania journalists

  • Dates: 19-23 September 2022
  • Slots available: 15
  • Eligibility: Journalists and independent content creators based in Kenya and Tanzania
  • Application deadline: Noon on 16 September 2022

Sustainable development cannot be achieved without significantly transforming the way we build and manage our urban spaces. — Sustainable Development Goal 11

About the course

Africa is an epicentre of global industrialisation. The continent’s urban population has tripled in size since 1990, a trend that will not only shift democracy in Africa, but also reshape and accelerate development. Harnessing the potential of African cities requires adequate urban planning, management and investment that can sustain productivity and competitiveness. Political buy-in, institutional strengthening and inclusive policy development are also necessary in ensuring equitable urban growth.

It is important that journalists and media houses have an understanding of these dynamics and can report on them consistently in order to contribute to public debate on urbanisation. With this in mind, ACME has developed a short course on Covering Urbanisation for journalists in East Africa. The first course, conducted in Uganda, was held in 2021. Now, journalists in Kenya and Tanzania too can benefit from this invaluable learning event.

The course, which will take place online, will arm participants with an understanding of the meaning, importance, and drivers of urbanisation and current debates on the subject within a developing country context. It will equip them with requisite skills and techniques to report on the beat, and provide a wealth of story ideas to enhance reporting on cities and urbanisation.

How to apply

This virtual course is open to interested journalists and independent content creators in Kenya and Tanzania.

Send an email to that contains all the following documents:

  1. A letter of introduction and application to the course. The letter must include your bio data, journalistic experience, compelling reasons on why you are interested in the course and specifics of how you intend to use the knowledge gained in your reporting.
  2. A simple story pitch detailing an issue related to urbanisation that you will produce after the first part of the course.

Send your application no later than noon on 16 September.

Incomplete applications will be disregarded.


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