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Thomson Reuters Foundation 2020 Reporting on Malaria in Africa Programme For African journalists

Thomson Reuters Foundation is delighted to offer African journalists, who are motivated to report on malaria, the opportunity to take part in a new remote training initiative, Reporting on Malaria in Africa. This remote course will begin on Monday, 07 September and end on Friday, 25 September.

As new technologies emerge, new reporting techniques must be employed to accurately report on diseases. Media plays a critical role in creating a sustained and informed discourse on any public health initiative, and to that end has a responsibility to be impartial, responsible and informed. 

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Thomson Reuters Foundation Reporting on Malaria in Africa Programme


Aim and Benefits of Thomson Reuters Foundation Reporting on Malaria in Africa Programme

Participants of this course will:

  1. Receive training on ethical reporting and standards in health reporting, working with sources, how to search for trusted information and identify fake news, story pitching;
  2. Deepen their knowledge of malaria and public health more broadly, covering the current challenges that are hindering progress in the fight against malaria as well as the new and innovative approaches of reducing malaria incidence and their associated challenges and criticisms;
  3. Be exposed to expert speakers;
  4. Gain access to story ideas and editorial advice and will be invited to share your own expertise with other participants;
  5. Propose one or more malaria story ideas that you wish to work on – if you are selected, we will provide experienced journalists to help you pursue your malaria stories right up to publication/broadcast. Selected participants will receive modest funding to help them realise their malaria stories.

Funding: Selected participants will receive modest funding to help them realise their malaria stories.


Requirements for Thomson Reuters Foundation Reporting on Malaria in Africa Programme Qualification

  1. African journalists, based in sub-Saharan Africa, working as staff journalists or regular contributors to English-language media organisations in their respective countries; 
  2. Journalists working for a news organisation will need consent from their editor to take part. Freelancers should provide evidence that one or more media organisations will be willing to take their work.
  3. Journalists able to commit to the full length of the 3-week course and to spending significant time working on malaria stories in the weeks following the end of the course;
  4. Journalists with at least three years of professional experience;
  5. It is an advantage if you have health reporting experience, but if you have a strong motivation to learn about malaria and health and report on these issues then we will consider your application;
  6. Journalists working in any medium or multiple media are welcome to apply (print, online, radio or television);
  7. Journalists applying must have fluent English (reading, writing, speaking, listening);
  8. Journalists applying must have access to a minimum internet speed of 1 MB/second. 

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Application Deadline

August 26, 2020


How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to Thomson Reuters Foundation on www.surveygizmo.com to apply
  1. 2 relevant work samples in English. TV/Radio journalists can send in their scripts and a brief summary. 
    1. If relevant work samples are in local language, please provide an English translation (if work sample is online, please share link so that the web page can be translated).
  2. A letter from your editor consenting to your participation in the 3-week course and confirming that they will publish any story produced as part of the editorial support scheme should you be selected.
    1. For example, the letter should say "I confirm that we will publish any story that may be produced as part of the programme".
    2. If the letter from your editor does not explicitly state this, we will not be able to consider your application. 

Please have these ready before you begin the application form. 

If you have any difficulties applying, please email  [email protected] with the subject title ‘Reporting on malaria in Africa 2020’ - we cannot guarantee a swift response if this subject line is not quoted.

For more details, visit Thomson Reuters Foundation website



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