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CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Journalists’ Training Opportunity for Reporting on Oil, Gas and Minerals – 2015


The Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI) is offering a media capacity development program for reporters in Ghana, Tanzania and Uganda. Applications are invited from practitioners who work for media organizations based in these countries. The program is designed for early- to mid-career journalists with a demonstrated interest in covering the extractive sectors of oil, gas and minerals. Good management of extractive resources and revenues requires informed, responsive, and dynamic media to provide necessary oversight and inform the public about critical governance issues.


The program offers a wide range of benefits: holistic and comprehensive support to journalists through specialized knowledge and skills modules; professional mentoring; experiential learning; reporting grants; prizes for outstanding reporting; access to sources and vital information and data; as well as interaction with peers, experts, policy makers, and oversight actors.

At the core of the training program, originally developed in collaboration with Thomson Reuters Foundation, are two residential courses. The foundation Course A, an Africa regional workshop, will take place in Ghana, on 7-18 SEPTEMBER 2015 at Penplusbytes, Accra. The follow-up Course B will consist of three parallel national workshops in Ghana, Tanzania, and Uganda. These will take place on dates to be determined later in the year.

Successful applicants will be sponsored and required to commit to and complete all aspects of the training. The program will run for six months and includes a series of individual and collective learning activities and professional support. The training will be delivered in partnership with Penplusbytes in Ghana, Journalists’ Environmental Association of Tanzania, and African Centre for Media Excellence in Uganda.

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As this is a competitive process, priority will be given to reporters submitting the strongest applications, by providing the information requested in the application form. The closing date for receiving applications is 30 JUNE 2015.