Applications Open for Sponsorship to Participate in ‘Media and Journalism Days in Africa 2020’

Julien Chambolle, Secretary-General, Africa 21
Julien Chambolle, Secretary-General, Africa 21

Africa 21 and its partners are calling for applications from journalists from English-speaking African countries to apply for sponsorship to participate in the “Media and Journalism Days in Africa 2020”, special on Climate Change, scheduled to hold from October 12 to 16, 2020, in Geneva, Switzerland.

Africa 21 and its partners annually convene journalists from the African continent, alongside experts from international Geneva and around the world, to review, exchange and debate on a selected theme related to the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The first edition took place in 2019 on the theme of climate change hosting journalists from French-speaking Africa. The follow-up edition in 2020 will cover the same theme with journalists from English-speaking Africa.

Its objectives are two-fold, strengthen the skills of journalists invited on this topic and offer participating journalists the opportunity to share their realities with the public and international experts. The event will integrate the Network of African journalists specializing in sustainable development and climate change, in order to create a strong link between international Geneva and the African media.

To be eligible to participate, journalists must meet the following criteria:

  • Current Professional Journalist for the written press, radio or TV (press card);
  • Poses at least 5 years of professional experience in media;
  • Must be active in the field as well as in the newsroom;
  • Interest or specialization in sustainable development and climate change issues;
  • Valid passport until December 31, 2020 at least and availability to travel to participate in the MJDA event;
  • Female candidates strongly encouraged;

Eligible countries from where journalists can apply are Nigeria, Botswana, Egypt, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, and Mauritius. The others are Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

Africa 21 and partners will cover all travel-related and subsistence costs for Journalists attending the MJDA in Geneva, this includes travel allowance, flight ticket, on-site transport, hotel and allowances for food costs on site.

Documents expected to accompany applications include:

  • Copy of the applicants passport and press card;
  • A cover letter;
  • A short biography;
  • A small presentation of the media outfit for which the applicant works;
  • Each applicants portfolio of work over the past 2 years (if the applicant has produced a significant number of pieces over the past 2 years, the Applicant is encouraged to select and present only the most relevant pieces;
  • Samples of published articles or reports on sustainable development or climate change;
  • A proposal for a draft article or report on climate change at the local or national level (important).

To apply, interested journalists should send their applications no later than midnight May 20, 2020, to info@africa21.orgwith the subject line “Application for Media and Journalism Days in Africa 2020″.