Fellowship for fact-checking journalists

Competitive international fellowship…

Apply for the 2017 International Fact-Checking Network fellowships

By Alexios Mantzarlis • July 24, 2017

The International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) at Poynter is accepting applications for its annual fellowship program.

The two fellowships, worth $2,500 each, are aimed at fact-checkers seeking to spend time embedded at a fact-checking organization in another country to be exposed to best practices they wish to adopt.

The inaugural fellows worked on automation and fact-checking on television.

These are entirely self-organized fellowships: Applicants must specify the organization they want to visit, pitch a detailed plan that includes the duration of their stay and what they seek to learn from the experience. They ought to spend at least one week with the partner organization.

In order to qualify, applicants must hail from a fact-checking organization with a public working method, transparent funding sources and a commitment to nonpartisanship. Being a verified signatory of the IFCN code of principles is a plus. Freelancers with significant experience in fact-checking (evidence of published work will be required) can also apply.

There is significant flexibility in the acceptable proposals. For example, the funding available through the fellowship can cover several people’s flights or one month’s accommodation for one person. The key aspect is the transfer of organizational knowledge from one fact-checking group to another.

Though the preference is to award two fellowships worth $2,500 each, exceptional projects for which a higher budget is indispensable can apply for $5,000 and be considered.

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Legal Empowerment Leadership Course, Global Legal Empowerment Network (Budapest, 4-8 Dec 2017)

We are pleased to announce that registration is open for the 3rd annual Legal Empowerment Leadership Course. Over 400 people from more than 70 countries applied to this one-of-a-kind course at the Central European University (CEU) each of the first two years. The course has received the largest number of applicants for any course held at CEU and the course evaluations were among the highest they’ve seen. We are looking forward to meeting this demand once again and putting together an equally promising course this year.

This year’s course has an overall theme of “Law and Organizing.” The course will be structured around three case studies: institutionalization of paralegal services with a focus on South Africa, the right to health and essential services in India, and the evolution of the legal empowerment movement in the Philippines.

International experts will also lead sessions on issues such as the intersection of law and organizing, how to translate grassroots experience into systemic change, and how to effectively learn from program data. Additional sessions will discuss the history of the movement and the latest impact evidence in the field. There will also be daily peer-to-peer, small group discussions for participants to work through challenges and questions with other practitioners and faculty directly.

The course runs from 4 – 8 December 2017 in Budapest, Hungary. Scholarships are available to a limited number of applicants, as are tuition waivers on a competitive basis. We invite applications from representatives of civil society organizations, governments, development agencies, and universities. Applications are due no later than August 28th 2017.

This year’s course is a collaboration between the Central European University, Robert L. Bernstein Institute for Human Rights at NYU School Law, The Open Society Justice Initiative, and Namati. For more information, visit the CEU website to fill out the online application1 and download the full course brochure at the following link. GPA-Legal Empowerment Leadership booklet.pdf1 (1.0 MB). For more information about last year’s course, you can read this blog post on the event.

Tax Justice Academy

The International Tax Justice Academy organised by Tax Justice Network Africa will take place from 6 to 10 November 2017 in Nairobi, Kenya.

Registration is open now through 31 August 2017, and early registration is recommended. Learn more and register here »

This year’s Academy will focus on building the next generation of tax justice champions by strengthening the significant role of tax in the quest of equitable, inclusive and sustainable development. Full course details will be shared soon.

For more information please contact Leila Kituyi on lkituyi@taxjusticeafrica.net  or visit out website, taxjusticeacademy.net.


Call for applications: Atelier for Young Festival Managers

Fees look to be about 250,000 KES (but perhaps there are scholarships?)

Call for applications: Atelier for Young Festival Managers

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Call for trainee subeditors, The Star

Call from The Star:

We are looking for trainee subeditors, especially but not exclusively for digital.
We want people who love the news and writing and are willing to learn about editing.

Please contact Victoria:
victoria.graham at radioafricagroup.co.ke
victoria.graham at the-star.co.ke

Informal additional info:

Editing/subediting is the backbone of any good news operation.

I have been training editor here for three years (22 years with The AP). I am not the HR Department and we are just starting to recruit.

I do not yet have details about engagement,. Any stipend will be modest. But we will advise top candidates when we know.

Kindly email me a few grafs about yourself and your CV. Some of you have already done so. Thank you.

You do not need to be a professional writer or editor to be a good subeditor, crucial to all news operations, digital and print. There are print and digital platforms that offer opportunities for creativity. We are expanding our digital platforms, and there are opportunities for good writing and creativity. Social media, too.

I advise you to look at Radio Africa Group websites (including the Star, Kiss, Jambo, Classic — and Mpasho).

Subeditors make well-known writers look good and often write better than big names themselves. They improve their raw copy, catch errors, add background and context. They rethink and reorganise. They write catchy headlines that ensure stories are read and passed along. Attitude, initiative and motivation are key.

You must love the news, be up to date, read a lot, know the news makers (their titles and how they spell their names), be savvy, detail-oriented, unafraid to change a story if the most interesting elements are buried. Make a boring story interesting, if possible.
Do you have a flair for writing? Storytelling? Choosing the right word? An eye for the telling detail that makes a story?

Excellent written English is vital. We get a lot of crush/crash, park/pack, carve/curve and so on. We expect you to fix those problems — swiftly. You will get up to speed. We will train you.

Many people can learn all this and excel. Many people can ‘learn’ and still lack what it takes. Some instinctively get it. Some with master’s degrees and certificates will never get it. No matter how many laurels. I knew a door-to-door Kenyan salesman (soap, housewares) who reported and wrote better than a well-regarded trainee with a major foreign news agency.

Thank you for your interest. Kindly do not call. I am swamped.


Writing fellowship on fossil fuel industry, Climate Tracker


Climate Tracker is looking for 5 online fellows to write about the fossil fuel industry in their countries. You have to be between 18 and 30 years old and have a bit of experience writing and publishing.

You have to be from one of the eligible countries: DRC, Senegal, Uganda, Ecuador, Bolivia, Canada, New Zealand, Brazil, Poland, China, India, Bangladesh, Cuba, Dominica, El Salvador, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Nauru, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Philippines, Timor-Leste, Tuvalu, Venezuela, Russia, Mexico, Ethiopia, Fiji, Ghana, Kenya.

What will I gain?

You will have to write articles about the fossil fuel industry in your country. We will help you refine your style, give you resources, tips, feedback on the articles… You will learn a lot about journalism and climate change and you will have personalised assistance from the Climate Tracker team. The fellowship also includes a payment of 150$.


Call for proposals: Civic Engagement for Open Contracting, Hivos & Article 19

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Call for proposals: Civic Engagement for Open Contracting

Are you involved in a project, initiative or organisation aimed at improving the transparency and accountability of public institutions in Indonesia, The Philippines, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi or Guatemala? Do you have experience in the field of open contracting? Could you use advice on concrete ways to positively adjust the trajectory and outcomes of your project? Hivos and ARTICLE 19 are offering a programme that you might be interested in!

Why do we do this? We are launching a global programme to build the capacity of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), media, entrepreneurs or social start-ups in analysing public contracting data, for lobby and advocacy purposes.

What do we offer? In the course of six to nine months, selected partner organizations will receive a package of support, mentorship and training tailored to their capacities and needs to effectively engage with open contracting in their country. This support package is inspired by the Engine Room’s Matchbox Program to enable the partner organisation to design and implement their project proposal and use open contracting data for lobby and advocacy purposes.  We aim to support partner organisations to adapt new capacities that enable them to achieve demonstrable outcomes, that lead to organisational transformation and are sustainable…

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