Wealth of Nations is looking for journalists based anywhere in Africa who are motivated to understand how their country could be losing money via illicit means. 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 or investigations on illicit financial flows
  • A mentoring support scheme that will help produce these stories
  • Intensive training on reporting illicit finance (the first workshops will take place in late November/early December 2017)

Benefits:

  • If selected, you will take part in one intensive workshop (5 days) covering illicit finance, reporting on companies, accounts and budgets, and investigative techniques. Workshops will take place in Kampala or Dakar (TBC).
  • 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
  • Selected participants will receive modest funding to help them realize their stories or investigations; those who are funded may have further opportunities for training
  • 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

Eligibility:

  • Journalists with at least two years of professional experience
  • 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
  • You must be able to spend significant time working on illicit finance stories or investigations
  • Both freelancers and staff journalists may apply. Journalists working for a news organization will need consent from their editor to take part. Freelancers should provide evidence that one or more media organizations 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 be working for one or more African media organizations
  • Journalists applying in 2017 must have fluent English or French. For Arabic-speaking journalists, there will be an opportunity to apply in 2018.

Application Process:

Deadline: October 9, 2017.

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