CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: HEALTH, DEVELOPMENT AND DEVELOPMENT SCIENCE JOURNALISM TRAINING FELLOWSHIPS
The Highway Africa Centre, a programme of the School of Journalism and Media Studies at Rhodes University (Grahamstown, South Africa), hereby calls for applications from practising journalists for fellowships to attend a 3-day course on Solutions Journalism with a special focus on Health, Development and Development Science. The course will run from 26-28 November 2018 and includes attendance to the Highway Africa conference (29-30 November).
ABOUT THE COURSE
**The course seeks to build the capacity of journalists to use solutions journalism lens in their coverage of Health, Development and Development Science issues using a solutions journalism framework. The Science Solutions course will have three main focus areas. They will lean heavily toward health issues but will not limit a committed science journalist to one particular area of expertise.
1.The first area will examine the persistent scourge of tuberculosis (TB) and how it affects African populations. It will use cases studies in the Makana area to investigate how medical science battles this contagious infection. Participants will discuss and write articles on:
- Drug-resistant tuberculosis – will it lead to incurable strains?
- New tests for diagnosing TB in Children
- How to manage the side effects of TB medication
- Can you get TB from animals or food?
2.The second area will look at water and ways of ensuring that clean water reaches the population. Once again, test cases will be used in the Makana area but these cases will be applicable to other African towns of a similar size.
- We will examine ways of storing/transporting water without it getting polluted
- Ways of testing water to ensure its safety
- Methods of cleaning water on an economically viable scale
- Methods of reducing waste
3.The third area will share information on how to cover science stories. As health is of prime concern to most of the population, a large proportion of science journalists become good at various aspects of health journalism. This does not help them however if they have been assigned to cover a science story in an unfamiliar field. The third area will teach participants how to navigate terrain that they have never encountered before. We will apply certain methods and learn how to confront these situations with greater confidence.
WHAT IS COVERED
The course will cover;
- Air tickets
- Airport transfers within SA
- Group meals
Journalists who meet the following criteria are encouraged to apply:
- Working for a news organisation in a full-time capacity and have a minimum of 5 years’ experience as a journalist;
- Has a portfolio of science, health or development-related stories (minimum 5)
- Has not attended the 2016 and 2017 Solutions Journalism course.
HOW TO APPLY
Interested journalists should submit;
- An application letter
- Curriculum vitae
- A support letter from their editor/publisher
- A 200-word motivation what benefit this training would be to them.
Send documents to:
Tatenda Chatikobo (Mr), Conference Coordinator, Highway Africa Centre, T.Chatikobo@ru.ac.za. Please use email communication only.
The closing date is 29 October 2018 23:59 (GMT +2).
No late and incomplete entries will be considered.