Centre for Journalism Innovation Calls for Applications from Student Journalists to Monitor Procurement

Dapo Olorunyomi

The Centre for Journalism Innovation and Development (CJID) is calling for applications from student journalists for its UDEME project to monitor, track and report procurement-related issues in Nigeria. Interested applicants must be good writers and passionate about demanding accountability from the government and other stakeholders.

UDEME is a social accountability project established in 2018 to monitor, track and report on issues around transparency and accountability in the public procurement space. The project also empowers citizens to participate actively in the democratic process by holding the government (local, state, and federal) to account.

For the first time since the U-Monitors programme commenced in 2019, the organisers are looking for 50 young Nigerians passionate about reforming the challenged state of infrastructure and keen on engaging major stakeholders to develop policies that will transform communities.

The application is open to campus journalists, recent graduates, and volunteers with good writing and communication skills in Nigeria; aged between 18 and 35 years.

Applicants should indicate the states they are resident in and their location for engagement on the project. For example, if an applicant is a student of the University of Uyo or reside in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State will be his/her focal state throughout the engagement period.

Applicants must provide proof of published works (link or scanned page) and submit a story pitch (not less than 200 words) on any procurement-related issue in Nigeria (preferably their location/state of residence. It will be an added advantage if the applicant understands and speak the local dialect.

U-Monitors will benefit from a monthly stipend; stories that meet standards will be published in prominent national dailies; they will be placed on a mentorship programme on data and investigative journalism; and they automatically qualify for the 2023 Next-Generation Campus Reporter Award.

Application deadline is February 12, 2023.

To apply, please fill the U-Monitor Call for Interest Application Form.