The programme aims to equip journalists and fact-checkers with technical and verification skills, and the use of forensic tools to help unmask problematic behaviour in the information space and support access to credible information. Supported by the U.S. Department of State, this initiative will target local expert analysts in four target countries: Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, and Senegal.
Worth of Award
The goal of this programme is to
- Equip investigative media and watchdog NGOs with open-source intelligence (OSINT) skills and tools to turbocharge their investigations related to manipulative actions in the information space.
- Help newsrooms and watchdog NGOs reach larger audiences and build deeper engagement with the public for data-driven discussions on key issues of concern.
- Build a strong pan-African network of OSINT investigators who can collaborate with each other on transnational investigations, and collaborate with peers elsewhere in the world to unmask influence operations and information manipulation.
Journalists for the African Academy Open Source Investigations must
- have a minimum of one year of experience in fact-checking journalism (evidence will be requested)
- be based in one of the following countries: Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, or Senegal and available for in-person (if needed) and virtual program activities.
- have evidence of reports produced and published, with the latest not more than two months ago.
- be attached or affiliated to a media house or digital news outlet where content produced during the programme will be published. This also applies to freelance journalists.
- be willing to produce a reference letter from their newsroom stating that content produced will be published on the organization’s website, and shared on its social media platforms.
- commit to fully participating in every component of the programme and commit to meet assigned programme targets. The programme expects journalists to commit to dedicating at least 5 hours a week to its activities.
- be fluent and commit to publishing content in at least one of these three languages: Swahili, French, and/or English.
- be required to join a Slack channel and a WhatsApp group.
- commit to following up on published content, and tracking and reporting responses of key stakeholders, particularly the government, to published reports.
- produce at least two ‘real world’ stories/fact-checks outside of the classes, using the new skills/techniques for broadcast/publication.
- pledge to share the new skills/techniques and resources that they acquire through the program with colleagues in participant’s wider newsroom, with evidence of skill-share sessions and team/joint projects demonstrating the new approach
How to Apply
Interested applicants must complete the application form online. See link below.
Deadline: The deadline to apply is September 17, 2021, at midnight WAT.