The Population Reference Bureau (PRB) is inviting applications from interested women journalists to participate in its new Women’s Edition – Africa programme, a women’s reproductive health and development seminar.
The programme brings together senior-level women journalists, editors, reporters, and producers to examine important topics related to women’s reproductive health and development and provides participants a unique opportunity to become part of an international network of leading women journalists interested in women’s health and development.
About 10 to 12 women journalists will be selected from across different low-income sub-Sahara African countries to participate in the week long seminar and study tour of the continent in April 2017.
Selected participants will be invited to another seminar/study tour later in 2017, where they would be joined by an equal number of women journalists from South Asia.
To be considered for the programme, applicants should be reporting from USAID priority countries on the African continent including the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.
Applicants should hold influential editorial positions including senior-level editors, reporters, or producers with leading media outlets, such as national or regional newspapers, magazines, or broadcast stations. Freelancers and bloggers may also apply but must provide a letter of support from a news organisation indicating that it will publish or broadcast their work.
An applicant should be able to demonstrate interest in women’s health, development, and population issues and a commitment to covering such topics.
She should be able to communicate comfortably and effectively in English during the seminars, though they may write or broadcast in any language.
Participants will interact with health and development experts during the seminars and also hold editorial meetings to develop strategies for covering salient issues and study tours to see innovative programmes in action.
If selected, participants are expected to commit to participate in the seminars; publish or produce at least one special report, a series of articles, or broadcast programs after each seminar on the issues explored in the seminar; and to send copies of each report, series of articles, or broadcast programme immediately after its publication or broadcast to PRB.
Applications should get to PRB by January 31, 2017. Participants will be notified by February 15, 2017.
Those selected will be asked to submit a letter from their managing editor or director in support of their participation in the programme.
Application form in Microsoft Word format can be downloaded from http://www.prb.org/WomensEdition/Women’s%20Edition%20Africa%20Application_HRW-dm.doc.
Applicants are required to submit their completed application and all the requested information and materials to WomensEditionAfrica2017@prb.org.
Women’s Edition is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and is conducted by seasoned PRB trainers who have been organising Women’s Edition activities for more than a decade.