Komla Dumor Award 2019: Seeking a rising star of African journalism

BBC World News Komla Dumor Award 2019: Seeking a rising star of African journalism

The BBC is seeking a rising star of African journalism for the BBC World News Komla Dumor Award, now in its fifth year. 

Journalists from across the continent are invited to apply for the award, which aims to uncover and promote fresh talent from Africa. 

The winner will spend three months at the BBC headquarters in London, gaining skills and experience. 

Applications close on 26 February 2019 at 23:59 GMT.

The award was established to honour Komla Dumor, an exceptional Ghanaian broadcaster and presenter for BBC World News, who died suddenly aged 41 in 2014.

This year’s award is being launched from the Nigerian city of Lagos.

It will be made to an outstanding individual living and working in Africa, who combines strong journalism skills, on-air flair, and an exceptional talent in telling African stories with the ambition and potential to become a star of the future.

As well as spending time with the BBC in London, the winner will also get to travel to Africa to report a story – and have that story shared across the continent and the world.

Previous winners:

  • 2015: Nancy Kacungira from Uganda
  • 2016: Didi Akinyelure from Nigeria
  • 2017: Amina Yuguda from Nigeria
  • 2018: Waihiga Mwaura from Kenya

Kenyan journalist Waihiga Mwaura won last year’s award and reported from Togo for his main project about young innovators turning e-waste into 3D printers and robots.

Waihiga said that you could always sense “the passion in the way Komla told the African story”.

“His will to change the narrative about Africa was one of the reasons he stood out amongst other international broadcasters,” the 2018 award winner said.

“I feel the placement at the BBC – working with Komla’s friends and colleagues – has helped me to continue Komla’s remarkable work, and I look forward to a day when more African journalists of the calibre of Komla will be able to tell unique African stories from different outlets around the world.”Ahead of the inaugural award, Komla Dumor’s former colleagues reflected on the broadcaster’s talent

Waihiga will take part in the 2019 launch event, chairing a debate for the BBC World Service about the power of young Nigerians in the forthcoming elections.

Speaking ahead of the launch, Jamie Angus, director of the BBC World Service Group, said: 

“In an era when impartial and factual journalism has never mattered more, it’s important that we look to the journalists who know, understand and can contextualise African stories for global audiences so that we can offer a full picture of what’s happening across the continent. 

“All of the previous winners have shown they’re exceptional journalists, and have brought insights in to how to improve engagement with local audiences.

“We’re very pleased to be continuing Komla’s legacy and are looking forward to finding another outstanding journalist from the continent.”

  • To see if you are eligible for the role and to apply, click here
  • You can also spread the word on social media using the hashtag #BBCKomlaAward.
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Environmental Justice Fellowship, Natural Justice

The Natural Justice Programme in Kenya is offering an opportunity for those seeking to learn about environmental justice in Kenya.  

The Environmental Justice Fellowship offers an exciting opportunity to young, up and coming Kenyan professionals who are passionate about supporting communities in securing rights to their lands, resources and knowledge. The EJ Fellows will be introduced to a broad spectrum of issues within environmental and human rights law and provided hands-on experience and training in research, legal empowerment, data collection and analysis, public interest litigation, analysis on laws and regulations, and advocacy. Throughout the Fellowship, the fellows will have the opportunity to spend time and work directly with communities, community-based organizations and community paralegals. At the completion of the Fellowship, each fellow will submit a research report on a topic of interest within the environmental justice area. 

The Fellowships will run for 10 months with a modest salary offered.

Deadline: Friday the 22nd of February at 5pm East African Time.

The call for applications can be found at this link and also attached to this email:https://naturaljustice.org/job/environmental-justice-fellowship-kenya/

If you could please share amongst your networks.

Realness: screenwriters residency

Only 1 month left to apply for the screenwriters residency Realness

http://digilabafrica.com/2018/01/09/opportunity-apply-for-realness-screenwriters-residency/

Initiated by Urucu Media in partnership with La Fabrique Cinéma – Institut Français, Realness Residency is a pan-African programme dedicated to developing and supporting the next generation of African screenwriting talent. Each year, the program is hosting 5 young african directors in the Cradle of Humankind near to Johannesburg, and is helping them to bring their scripts from the page to the screen ensuring that the program maintains a long-standing impact.

The residency period is a six-week focused incubation where residents write with the feedback and support of story experts such as Nadja Dumouchel, producer and co-founder of the associative platform La Scénaristerie, and producing experts such as Elias Ribeiro, producer at Urucu Media.

Residents also attend the Durban International Film Festival as participants of the Market after receiving mentorship on how to pitch their film projects.

After the festival participation, residents are given another 6 weeks to finesse their work from home. Final deliveries are submitted to Realness partners for awards consideration. Each project is eligible for scholarships to attend Locarno Filmmakers Academy, Torino Film Lab Meeting Event, EAVE Producer’s Workshop and La Fabrique des Cinemas du Monde in Cannes.

Who can apply?
– You have an up-to-date African passport
– 60 – 70% of your script is filmed on the African continent
– Your script must be fiction
– Adaptations are eligible but you must include proof that rights to the book have been acquired with your application.

How to apply?

Submissions are open until January 31st. Download the application form. Find all the informations about the residency here: http://digilabafrica.com/2018/01/09/opportunity-apply-for-realness-screenwriters-residency/

Community Solutions Program – professional development program, IREX

Kenyans are eligible… 25-38 years old…
https://www.irex.org/program/community-solutions-program-application-information

Community Solutions Program application information

IREX is currently accepting applications for the 2019–2020 Community Solutions Program (CSP). The deadline to apply is October 31, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. EDT.

The Community Solutions Program (CSP) is a year-long professional development program for people who are working to improve their communities by addressing issues related to the environment, tolerance and conflict resolution, transparency and accountability, and women and gender.

APPLY NOW

For 2019–2020, up to 80 community activists will be selected to participate in the program, which includes:

  • Four-month Fellowship in the United States: Community Solutions fellows are matched to host organizations throughout the U.S. where they complete a four-month, hands-on professional experience.
  • Community Leadership Institute: Community Solutions fellows participate in the Community Leadership Institute, a leadership training program designed to strengthen their leadership and management skills. The Institute includes face-to-face trainings, online courses, professional coaching, and networking.
  • Community-based initiatives: While in the U.S. and with the help of their U.S. host organization, Community Solutions fellows design and plan a community development initiative or project to carry out after they return home. Once the fellows depart the U.S., they put these projects into action in their home communities.

Application Instructions

Applications must be submitted online at https://oas.irex.org/csp by October 31, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. EDT. Applications that are mailed, faxed, or e-mailed to IREX will not be accepted.

Detailed application instructions can be downloaded by the link below. Please review the program requirements prior to starting an application to ensure that you are eligible. Please note that eligibility requirements are determined by the US Department of State and exceptions cannot be made. If, after reviewing the application instructions, you have additional questions, please e-mail cspapply@irex.org.

Application Materials

Financial Support

The program covers the cost of most expenses associated with:

  • J-1 visa support;
  • Round-trip travel from participants’ home city to the U.S.;
  • Monthly allowance to cover housing, meals, and other living expenses while in the U.S.; and
  • Accident and sickness insurance.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for the Community Solutions Program, applicants must meet the requirements listed below. Applications that do not meet these eligibility requirements will be disqualified and will not be reviewed by the selection committee.

  • You are between the ages of 25 and 38 as of January 1, 2019;
  • You are a citizen of one of the eligible countries listed below;
  • You are living and working in your home country;
    • Individuals with refugee status working on behalf of their home community may be given special consideration.
  • You have at least two years of experience working on community development, either as a full-time or part-time employee or volunteer;
  • You are not currently participating in an academic, training, or research program in the U.S.;
  • You have a high level of proficiency in spoken and written English at the time of application;
    • Semifinalists will be required to take or submit recent scores for a TOEFL or IELTS English language test.
  • You are available to travel to the U.S. for four months from August to December 2019;
  • You are not a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. and have not applied for U.S. permanent residency within the past three years;
  • You are eligible to receive a U.S. J-1 visa;
    • Applicants who have participated in an exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Government must have fulfilled their two-year home residency requirement.
  • You are committed to returning to your home country for a minimum of two years after completing the program; and
  • You are not a current IREX employee or consultant, or their immediate family member.

Fellowships to attend African Investigative Journalism Conference (deadline 31 August)

http://journalism.co.za/community-fellowships-for-aijc18/

The African Investigative Journalism Conference (AIJC2018) is the premier annual gathering of African investigative journalists – a three-day international conference for and about investigative journalism. It involves skills training, networking, promoting, collaboration and in-depth accounts of major investigative stories. It is hosted by the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.

This year’s conference will feature more than 50 speakers in workshops, panel discussions and networking sessions, as well as skills training in areas such as advanced data analysis and security. Key speakers include award-winning journalists from across the world, and Africa’s best. This is a chance to hear and meet those leading the field and enhance your skills with the latest tools and tips.

In 2018, 10 places are available to community newspaper journalists who are members of the Association of Independent Publishers and who have an interest in investigative journalism, want to develop their investigative skills and learn from other African and international journalists. Fellows will be required to write an article for publication or make a presentation to their colleagues on their learnings from the conference.

More information is available at www.journalism.co.za/aijc2018 or follow on Twitter @AIJC_Conference 

The fellowship will cover transport, accommodation for those who need it at The Wedgewood in Melville (www.thewedgewood.com) and transport to and from the conference, meals and conference fees.

Following the AIJC, on Thursday 1st November, there will be a one-day round-table run by Wits Journalism’s Africa-China Reporting Project. It is open to those who have worked on or are currently working on specific stories about China in Africa. Please indicate your interest in your application.

To apply, write a short motivation (maximum 500 words) and send it with your CV and at least one example of your published or broadcast work (preferably a link) to Ntando@printmedia.org.za 

Applications close August 31st, 2018. Successful applicants will be notified by email by September 14th, 2018.

Note: The conference will be conducted in English and there will be no translation.

Writing Scholarship: Miles Morland Foundation

https://milesmorlandfoundation.com/about-2/

Miles Morland Foundation Writing Scholarship

It can be difficult for writers, before they become established, to write while simultaneously earning a living. To help meet this need the MMF annually awards a small number of Morland Writing Scholarships, with the aim being to allow each Scholar the time to produce the first draft of a completed book. The Scholarships are open to anyone writing in the English language who was born in Africa, or both of whose parents were born in Africa.

Grant:

Scholars writing fiction will receive a grant of £18,000, paid monthly over the course of twelve months. At the discretion of the Foundation, Scholars writing non-fiction, who require additional research time, could receive an additional grant, paid over a period of up to eighteen months.

Scholar’s Undertaking:

At the end of each month scholars must send the Foundation 10,000 new words that they will have written over the course of the month. Scholars are also asked to donate to the MMF 20% of whatever they subsequently receive from the book they write during the period of their Scholarship. This includes revenues as a result of film rights, serialisations or other ancillary revenues arising from the book written during the Scholarship period. These funds will be used to support other promising writers. The 20% return obligation should be considered a debt of honour rather than a legally binding obligation.

Qualifications:

To qualify for the Scholarship a candidate must submit an excerpt from a piece of work of between 2,000 – 5,000 words, written in English that has been published and offered for sale,. This will be evaluated by a panel of readers and judges set up by the MMF. The work submitted will be judged purely on literary merit. It is not the purpose of the Scholarships to support academic or scientific research, or works of special interest such as religious or political writings. Submissions or proposals of this nature do not qualify.

Scholarship Requirement:

The only condition imposed on the Scholars during the year of their Scholarship is that they must write. They will be asked to submit by email at least 10,000 new words every month until they have finished their book, or their Scholarship term has ended. If the first draft of the book is completed before the year is up, payments will continue while the Scholar edits and refines their work. 

Proposed Work:

The candidates should submit a description of between 400 – 1,000 words of the work they intend to write. The proposal must be for a full length book of no fewer than 80,000 words. The MMF does not accept proposals for collaborative writing or short story collections. The proposal should be for a completely new work, not a work in progress, and must be in English.

Biography:

Please also tell us in 200 – 300 words something about yourself and your background. People who reach the shortlist will be asked for further information about themselves and how they propose to write their book.

Fiction or Non-Fiction:

The Foundation welcomes both fiction and non-fiction proposals. We are aware that non-fiction Scholars may need extra time for research, so the Foundation may exercise its discretion to offer non-fiction writers a longer Scholarship period of up to 18 months.

Starting times:

 The Scholars may elect to start at any time between January and June in the year following the Scholarship Award. Their payments and the 10,000 word monthly submission requirement will start at the same time.

Accepted works:

The Scholarships are meant for full length works of adult fiction or non-fiction. Poetry, plays, film scripts, children’s books, and short story collections do not qualify.

Mentoring:

The Foundation will not review or comment on the monthly submissions as they come in. However, each Scholar will be offered the opportunity to be mentored by an established author or publisher. In most cases the mentorship will begin after the book has been finished and the Scholarship period has ended. At the discretion of the Foundation, the cost of the mentorship will be borne by the MMF. It is not the intention of the MMF to act as editor or a publisher. Scholars will need to find their own agents and publishers although the MMF is happy to offer advice.

Residency:

Please note that this is not a residential Scholarship. It is up to the Scholars what their living arrangements are during their Scholarship year.

Important Dates:

Applications  will be received between 30th June 2018 and 30th September 2018. Applications submitted outside that period will not be looked at.

FAQs

Please go to FAQs to answer any further questions concerning the Morland Writing Scholarships. Do not submit an entry until you have read and observed the requirements set out in the FAQs and enclosed the five things noted below.

All enquiries and submissions relating to the Morland Scholarships should be directed to scholarships@milesmorlandfoundation.com

Have you enclosed all five things on the checklist below? If not, do not send a submission. 

 1. A submission of between 2,000 to 5,000 words as a Word document of work that has been published and offered for sale. Please send proof of publication.

 2. A description of between 400 – 1,000 words about the new book you intend to write. 

 3. A scan of an official document showing that you, or both of your parents, were born in Africa.

 4. A brief bio of between 200 – 300 words.

 5.Please tell us how you heard about the Morland Writing Scholarships.

Digital Earth fellowship for artists & designers, Hivos

Digital Earth is a 6 month-long fellowship for artists and designers based in Africa or Asia, working across a variety of media, who would like to investigate our current technological reality. It is a unique research support programme, which supports experienced artists to reflect, research, experiment and produce work. The fellowship consists of a monthly stipend for work and production costs, mentorship and other various resources. The final results will be exhibited in a roaming exhibition.

https://www.hivos.org/news/open-call-join-the-digital-earth-fellowship-2018-2019/

Open Call: Join the Digital Earth Fellowship 2018-2019

June 27, 2018

Hivos, through its Resource of Open Minds (R.O.O.M.) program, is one of the organizations providing webinars, workshops and residencies.

Digital Earth calls upon divergent artists and designers to examine, challenge and respond to the material and immaterial condition of our current technological reality. The geographical focus of the fellowship is on the entanglement of old and new routes that connect Asia to Africa, crossing the Middle East and Central Asia. Today these routes are crossed by goods, people and data at speeds faster than ever, through a circuit of ports, mines, airports, refineries, high speed railways, fiber optic cables and mobile antennas.

Examples of possible research topics are: the infrastructure of Mongolian crypto-mining, the performativity of the robot-ports on the Siberian coastline, the soundscapes of the coltan mines in the heartlands of Congo, the cultural protocols of free port zones, the esthetics of satellite imagery, the agency of machinic vision, the political imaginations of geoengineering projects – and more.

 

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