Grants for investigative stories on petroleum and mining in Uganda

The African Centre for Media Excellence (ACME) is pleased to invite Ugandan journalists to apply for reporting grants to pursue in-depth investigative stories on extractives (i.e. oil, gas, and mining). With funding primarily from the Natural Resource Governance Institute, ACME is making available 10 story reporting grants of $300 each. We are looking for story ideas that will lead to production of stories that require more than the regular newsroom facilitation to deliver.

All grantees will have to attend a one-day seminar during which they will work with fellow attendees and ACME mentors to refine their story ideas and reporting approaches, as well as be briefed on the accounting requirements related to the grant.

Each journalist who receives a grant will be expected to produce and broadcast/publish the proposed in-depth story within six weeks from receipt of the money. Please note that this is a competitive process and, therefore, you will need to give thought to the story idea you pitch in your application.

How to Apply

Interested journalists must complete an online application form in which you will provide a well researched story pitch, a clear explanation on why funding is needed for the story, and a letter of editorial support guaranteeing publication or broadcast of your story project.

Access the online application form here.

Who Can Apply

All Ugandan journalists who report on extractives (oil, gas, mining).

Selection Criteria

Grants will be offered to journalists with the strongest applications. Applications will be judged on the quality of the story pitch, the applicant’s journalism skills as indicated by their work samples, and evidence of support from the applicant’s editor.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Tuesday, 11 October 2022

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