The Africa-China Reporting Project (the Project) at Wits Journalism is seeking applications from African and Chinese journalists to participate in the Africa-China Reporting Workshop & Fieldwork Project in Johannesburg in November 2017.
To apply, please see the “How to apply” section below.
This will be a practical skills and training Workshop at Wits Journalism in Johannesburg, and a Fieldwork Project where participants will be given time, support and mentoring by working professional journalists to undertake an Africa-China reporting investigation in Johannesburg/Gauteng.
The premise of this Workshop is that African and Chinese journalists can work together for better results in reporting and investigating important Africa-China issues. The Project will select five African and five Chinese journalists, and will pair them together in five teams of two each based on proposals submitted by the journalists and the theme selected by each (see below). The Project will pair participants well in advance of the Workshop and give them time to communicate and familiarise with each other; the objective is for them to learn as much as possible from each other and work well together.
Workshop delegates will arrive in Johannesburg on 6 Nov. The Workshop will consist of two stages: training and skills development Workshop (around three days, 7-9 Nov. - note this will include a seminar meeting with Chinese business people in South Africa via the SA-China Economy & Trade Association), and the Fieldwork Project (around ten days, 10-19 Nov.). During the training and skills development stage, all the workshop participants will undergo practical training as well as refine and align the investigation they will do. For the fieldwork/reporting stage of the Workshop, the Project will assign assistants from the Wits Journalism Department and working journalists as mentors to each team, who will undertake their investigation under the guidance of the following mentors who are professional and experienced journalists:
Chinese journalist Huang Hongxiang will also be available to assist the journalists during the Workshop. All five teams must complete their investigations by November 20 and present their findings to the best extent possible at the Project’s Africa-China Journalists Forum that takes place on this date at Wits University.
The Project will provide airfares, accommodation, reporting stipends and other related expenses for each participant. As this is a Reporting Workshop, applicants will be expected to include a specific Africa-China research proposal in their applications as well as select a theme from the list below. It is essential that applicants provide a reporting proposal for a topic that can practically be investigated in Johannesburg/Gauteng during the time of the Workshop and is an important Africa-China issue.
The Project has selected the following options for applicants to select Africa-China reporting themes for the investigations to be undertaken as part of this Workshop (the following is a guideline that applicants can use for additional themes/ideas):
African and Chinese journalists are invited to send applications addressing the requirements below in an email entitled “APPLICATION: AFRICA-CHINA REPORTING WORKSHOP 2017” to
firstname.lastname@example.org BY NO LATER THAN 29 SEPTEMBER 2017.
Applications should contain the following:
Please take note of the following when preparing proposals:
For any further questions please email Project staff at email@example.com.
请将申请表于2017年9月29日前发送至africafirstname.lastname@example.org邮箱，邮件主题请标明“APPLICATION: AFRICA-CHINA REPORTING WORKSHOP 2017”。