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African Union Media Fellowship Program 2022

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The objectives of the AU Media Fellowship is to:

  • Train and build the capacity of journalists and/or content creators, to leverage creativity and innovation within the continent;
  • Build capacity around innovative and transformative tools in journalism and media; and
  • Create a platform for journalists to network and share best practices on the future of journalism.

African Union (AU) Media Fellowship Advertisement

  • Position(s):¬†Several
  • Applications closing Date: April 30, 2022
  • Vacancy Type:¬†Permanent/Temporary.
  • Company Name: African Union (AU)

The Fellowship program will kick-off with a study tour and capacity building workshops. The 20 selected fellows will benefit from direct access to various African Union leadership, and have the opportunity for on-the-ground reporting on the AU’s work around the Agenda 2063 strategic aspirations.

Benefits

Fellows will receive:

  • International Study Trips and exposure;
  • Certified workshops and webinars with renowned international partners such as Deutsche Welle, BBC Media Action, Hass-Plattner-Institute, the AU, and international media houses;
  • Access to AU leadership and policymakers and network with other Fellows;
  • Support from Senior Mentors and Institutions;
  • Fellows awarded grants to enable them to produce detailed stories.

Eligibility

  • Open to journalists, bloggers, vloggers, content creators, and podcasters living on the continent or the diaspora.
  • Fellows must be¬†actively involved in innovative media either as a journalist or related field of work for at least three years with a demonstrable¬†impact-driven track record.
  • All applicants for the AU Media Fellowship must be working journalists with at least three years of full-time, professional journalism experience or in a related field. Internships and journalism-related work completed as a university student do not count as professional experience.
  • Applicants may be affiliated or freelance journalists. However, all applicants must provide a reference letter or endorsement from a senior editor.
  • Applicants must speak, read, and write English fluently in order to fully participate in and benefit from the Fellowship.
  • With their application, the Fellows confirm willingness to report on African Union events and themes, as well as availability to be interviewed about the fellowship by international partners.
  • The Fellows confirm willingness to participate in events and workshops for duration of the fellowship.
  • Fellows must be able to travel to Berlin June 2022 and meet all criteria for eligibility for a Schengen Visa in their country, including but not limited to:
    • Having a valid passport at least until December 2022
    • Fully vaccinated against COVID-19
    • They will provide you with the necessary documents needed for your visa application. You will be responsible for acquiring the visa.
    • All travel costs will be reimbursed and covered by the AU.

How to Apply

Applications should consist of:

  • Resume: Use a standard format (no picture, religion or marital status).
  • Cover letter: A one-page document outlining your motivation, qualifications, and experience.
  • Proposal: Include the following three sections:
    • Story proposals: Include a short description of the stories you plan to cover (about 200 words each), and whom you plan to contact for interviews.
    • Publication plan: Specify your plan for publication (language and target publication).
    • Social media: Briefly explain how you plan to engage with the African Union Commission in the course of the fellowship.
    • Work samples: Submit two work samples. If your work samples are in other forms of media (e.g. video) please email us and we will accommodate these requests.

Email your submission to¬†[email protected]

For more information, visit AU Media Fellowship.

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