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Following the aid money

Updated: Wed, 10 Feb 2016

About the programmeBack to top

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Programme date: 20-24 June 2016

Deadline for applications: 11th April 2016

This Thomson Reuters Foundation programme will assist journalists to produce stories that bring new insight into the impact of development assistance. Stories might include a report looking at whether specific allocations were spent as intended; a data analysis looking at aid spending on different geographic or thematic areas, and assessing the effect this has had; or a series of stories looking at aid policy at the highest level and how this is affecting the lives of citizens. 

In whatever story they cover, participating journalists must be ready to report on the benefits of aid money as well as any flaws. They must also be willing to explore deeper issues – be they political, economic, or cultural – that influence aid spending and policy.

The programme will provide editorial guidance on participants’ story ideas, an intensive workshop to develop stories and share relevant skills, and one-to-one mentoring to help bring these stories to completion. Participants will also be eligible to apply for modest funding to help cover the costs of reporting, though please note not all participants will necessarily receive funding. 

The workshop will take place in Nairobi, Kenya from 20-24 June 2016 and travel and subsistence costs will be covered.

EligibilityBack to top

  • Journalists working for domestic /regional media in a sub-Saharan African country
  • Journalists from various backgrounds may apply – business reporters, data journalists, investigative reporters, or general journalists who are comfortable with numbers
  • Journalists working in any medium may apply – print, radio, TV, online
  • Journalists must be fluent in English and must have a minimum of one year's experience and working full-time for a media organisation (freelancers are eligible)

How to applyBack to top

You can apply using the application form linked below. You will be asked to upload the following documents - please have these ready:

  • 2 work samples (maximum file size 5 MB)
  • A letter from your editor consenting to your participation in the programme and committing to publish/broadcast resulting stories

Please note you will be asked to submit a story idea within your application. If you are selected, you can refine or change your story idea during the programme.

To apply for the programme:  This programme is now closed for applications.

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