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Solution Journalism Africa Fellowship 2021-2022 for Journalist in Kenya or Nigeria

The Solutions Journalism Network’s Africa Initiative is seeking applications from individuals who want to start (or upgrade) a solutions journalism-focused project or art project that is based in, or focused on, Kenya and Nigeria.

As a pioneer Solutions Journalism Africa Fellow, you’ll receive $2,000 in funding to launch or expand your platform — provided it initiates or supports solutions journalism at the newsroom and community levels. Whether you are a photographer, freelance reporter, lecturer, tech or data enthusiast, feel free to send your pitches by July 3, 2021.

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About Solutions Journalism Africa Fellowship

The Solutions Journalism Network is an independent, non-profit organization that advocates an approach of solutions journalism, an evidence-based mode of reporting on the responses to social problems. It was founded in 2013 by David Bornstein, Courtney E. Martin, and Tina Rosenberg.Solutions journalism is rigorous and compelling reporting about responses to social problems. It investigates and explains, in a critical and clear-eyed way, examples of people working toward solutions.... read more


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SJAF Africa Fellowship


Aim and Benefits of SJAF Africa Fellowship

  • Receive training in skills relevant to your project proposal — audience/community engagement, impact reporting, revenue generation and sustainability within Africa’s context.
  • Gain access to and collaborate with the Africa Initiative cohort of 20 newsrooms and two implementing partners spread across four countries. Outside the continent, you are guaranteed access to SJN staff members and our network of more than 5,000 journalists worldwide.
  • Receive a modest honorarium of $2,000.
  • The fellowship duration is from August to November 2021.

Requirements for SJAF Africa Fellowship Qualification

  • Serving as an ambassador for solutions journalism in your community, country and region, alongside other SJN ambassadors across the world.
  • Abiding by SJN’s ethical standards.
  • Joining monthly calls with fellows who share similarities in project theme and location.
  • Joining bimonthly calls with the entire cohort of 10 Solutions Journalism Africa Fellows, including select guest speakers who will support Fellows’ professional development.
  • Joining monthly calls with SJN’s Africa Initiative manager, Ruona Meyer, for feedback and brainstorming on project goal status.
  • Participating in a speaking engagement (as a panelist, etc.) within and beyond SJN’s Africa Initiative network.

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Interview date, Process and Venue for SJAF Africa Fellowship

  • June 9 to July 3, 2021: Applications open and will be accepted until 23:59 GMT on the day of the deadline.
  • July 12: All applicants are informed of their application status.
  • July 13–19: Successful applicants progress to the second round and take a “What Is Solutions Journalism?” assessment to demonstrate their knowledge of solutions journalism. The test should take no longer than one hour to complete.
  • July 21 onward: Final-round candidates are invited to an interview with the Solutions Journalism Network. The interview will last 30 minutes.
  • Aug. 6: The 2021 Solutions Journalism Africa Fellows are announced and onboarded.
  • Aug. 9: The 2021 Solutions Journalism Africa Fellows join a kickoff call.
  • Nov. 22: The 2021 Solutions Journalism Africa Fellowship concludes.
  • Nov. 30: Fellows submit a final report and join a send-forth call.

Application Deadline

July 3, 2021


How to Apply

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