Application due date: 01 May | Program: Elections Reporting
In a time of “post truth”, fake news and purposeful publicity, reality checking is more critical than any other time in recent memory. Subjects require access to solid news, in light of proof – especially amid election battles, when the news plan is ruled by cases, guarantees and allegations made by government officials and the applicants competing to supplant them.
In any case, giving quality, truth checked scope of a political election can be a test when newsrooms have restricted assets and are under weight from progressively short due dates. Proficient media may likewise need to battle with a developing absence of straightforwardness from government sources, and contend with unregulated “data sources” via web-based networking media.
To address these difficulties, the Thomson Reuters Foundation is collaborating with TRI Facts at Africa Check – Africa’s first autonomous actuality checking association – to help African writers and editors to truth-check their own decision scope.
The program will give abilities, devices and assets on truth checking in an African setting. It will take a gander at how to create and coordinate confirmation based electoral scope into existing newsrooms, and how to make data connections with a group of people that may be tired of the battle.
The program will highlight:
A five-day workshop in Nairobi for columnists and editors, conveyed by the Thomson Reuters Foundation and TRI Facts (Africa Check’s preparation and research division). It will include viable truth checking and revealing activities to furnish members with the abilities they have to reality check of political cases amid a race battle, and after decisions.
A coaching plan: members will be welcome to submit proposition for stories or ventures and a grant will get coordinated support from specialists at the Thomson Reuters Foundation and TRI Facts. It could be an audit of guarantees made in the past election, an examination of how different government offices utilize truths, or could include setting up a “guarantee tracker” to catch up on what lawmakers say in the following effort.
Members will likewise get bolster on particular certainty checks, for cases that manifest as hard to confirm.
Writers and editors working for household media in African nations with elections coming up in the close to mid-term (ideally in 2017 or 2018). These incorporate, yet are not restricted to: Kenya, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Rwanda, Somaliland, Cameroon, Madagascar, Mauritania, and Zimbabwe.
You can work in any medium – print, radio, TV, on the web
We are intrigued to get notification from columnists or editors with the capacity to change hone in their newsroom – for instance by setting up institutionalized certainty checking forms
Candidates must be conversant in English
Candidates must have at least one year’s understanding. They ought to either be working all day for a media association, or a consultant whose fundamental work is news-casting
Thomson Reuters will cover all vehicle and subsistence expenses of columnists and editors taking part in this program.
While applying you will be requested to transfer the accompanying archives – please have these prepared:
2 pertinent work tests (most extreme document estimate of 5 MB). For stories not in English, please incorporate a 250-word English outline about the story. Editors may submit stories that they have altered and which embody the yield of their group or newsroom.
A letter from your supervisor (if material) consenting to your support in the program and resolving to distribute/communicate coming stories or actualized publication ventures.
In the event that you have any challenges applying, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For More Information:
Visit the Official Webpage of the Thomson Reuters Elections Reporting Program 2017