Thomson Reuters Foundation, in partnership with the Institute for the Advancement of Journalism, invites applications for Reporting on Illicit Finance in Africa in 2020.
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 on illicit financial flows
- A mentoring support scheme that will help produce these stories
- Intensive training on reporting illicit finance with a workshop from 06 – 07 February 2020
- Attendance of a three-day conference related to illicit financial flows in Cape Town as part of the workshop
Journalists will not be considered to have completed the scheme until they have completed all the elements, including, for those taking part in the mentoring support scheme, the production of at least one story on illicit financial flows, and will not receive their certificates until this point. If you are selected for the mentoring programme they would expect you to publish your story by the end of March 2020.
The Thomson Reuters Foundation is committed to fostering the highest standards of journalism worldwide. They believe accurate, impartial and independent journalism leads to better-informed societies. It holds power to account, strengthens the rule of law and contributes to economic and social development.
Worth of Award
- If selected, you will take part in one intensive workshop (5 days) covering illicit finance, reporting on companies, accounts and budgets, and investigative techniques. The Workshop will take place in Cape Town, South Africa.
- During the workshop you will also attend a two-day conference related to illicit financial flows. Being at the conference will allow you access to leading experts on illicit financial flows.
- 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.
- Successful applicants will receive a full bursary that will cover air travel expenses (economy class), accommodation, local transfers and meals. Please note that you need to check visa requirements and ensure you have the necessary documentation required. The cost of your visa and any other related costs will be the responsibility of the participant.
- If you should be selected for the mentoring programme, the maximum story grant we can provide is USD 500. Please note that grants awarded vary depending on the anticipated resources required to complete the story. Any proposed costs without a detailed explanation will not be considered.
- Journalists with at least two years of professional experience and fluent English
- It is an advantage if you are familiar with investigative journalism, reporting on finances and/or dealing with numbers more generally, but if you have a strong motivation to learn about and understand these issues then we will consider your application. Early career journalists are invited to apply.
- You must be able to spend significant time working on illicit finance stories.
- 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).
- Journalists should be based in Africa and working for one or more African media organisations.
- Journalists applying must have fluent English.
Please note that if you have previously attended a Wealth of Nations programme at any point or a TRF training in the last 12 months you are not eligible for this course.
How to Apply
• Two work samples
• A letter from your editor consenting to your participation and confirming that they will publish any story produced through the programme
Please have these ready before you begin the form.
Deadline: Applications close on November 26, 2019.