AMI Calls for Application for Spring School on Media and Migration

Eric Chinje, Senior Advisor, African Media Initiative (AMI)
Eric Chinje, Senior Advisor, African Media Initiative (AMI)

The African Media Initiative (AMI) is inviting applications from African and European journalists for the spring school on media and migration, taking place in Dakar, Senegal, from March 12 to 18, 2018.

Migration has emerged as a 21st century challenge with the historical record number of migrants worldwide as a result of persistently unfavourable global economic structure, ineffective governments and conflicts.

In this fragile global context there is the need, more than ever, for sound information on international developments. Unfortunately, media coverage of the migration crisis frequently overlooks the economic and socio-political realities driving Africans to leave their countries for other parts of the continent and for Europe.

The spring school on Media and Migration therefore aims to connect and empower journalist from African and European countries, to promote the quality of reporting on all aspects of migration in Africa and Europe.

The programme will select 15 outstanding journalists from African countries to participate in the Spring School in order to gain analytical skills in the field of migration and to hone their journalistic competencies.

Selected journalists will take a closer look at the role of the media in the refugee crisis and address such questions as: How do African media report – and frame – the current massive exodus of fellow countrymen? How do media across Europe live up to the challenge of covering the dramatic events at home and in the Mediterranean Sea – as well as the political and economic situation in the migrants’ home countries?

They will also discuss the idea how foreign reporting practices could be improved both in Africa and in Europe, to foster a better mutual understanding

Interested journalists should apply submitting the following: short letter of motivation, Curriculum Vitae, a meaningful sample of their works, and a letter of recommendation from their editors.

The documents should be emailed to Alain Ngono on or before December 15, 2017. An international jury will review all submissions and selected successful journalists who would participate in the programme.

The programme is funded by the Robert Bosch Foundation (Germany) and co-organised the Erich Brost Institute for International Journalism at Technical University Dortmund, German media; the non-profit-organisation; Africa Positive e.V.; and the African Media Initiative (AMI).