Call for stories – Malawi

Time to Expose Wrong Doing!!

Call for investigative stories in Malawi

The Centre for Investigative Journalism Malawi (CIJM) seeks stories that disclose corrupt practices undermining the proper functioning of public services in Malawi.

This call for investigative stories is part of CIJM’s initiative for a greater involvement of the media in investigating and reporting public service systems.

Under this call, investigative journalists are required to pitch story ideas.

·         CIJM editors will evaluate the story pitches and commission story ideas that have “overwhelming public interest”.

  • Story ideas will be selected on the basis of originality i.e. stories that break new ground and expose wrongdoing – such as corruption, malfeasance or misuse of power – in the public and private sectors.
  • Story ideas/ topics should relate to the issue of corruption and integrity in Malawi.
  • Commissioned stories must be between 600 – 1000 words.

·         CIJM will pay $50 per story once it’s published on their website and other platforms.

“This isn’t just journalism for the sake of journalism; we’re looking to change lives in Malawi.”

For more information and details about this initiative, WhatsApp: +265888512914 /cijm.director@gmail.com

 

Mentoring sessions – Investigative Journalism

The Centre for Investigative Journalism Malawi (CIJM) in cooperation with the Integrity Platform (IP) and with financial support from Germany government via GIZ invites applications from Journalists for a one and half days’ workshop on Investigative journalism focusing on story ideas and planning.

The training/brainstorming sessions will be held in Lilongwe from 12th to 13th September 2017.

The training sessions are aimed at enhancing the competence of Journalists in the area of accurate, professional and readership-oriented corruption reporting and to increase the awareness for the media‘s contribution to the promotion of good governance.
The overall objective is to have a community of investigative journalists who support each other via peer exchange, improve their skills via various activities and have the opportunity to carry out investigative research.

Applications or expressions of interest are being sought from interested and enthusiastic Journalists working for Print, TV, Radio or Internet media who would want to assist Malawi’s fight against corruption.

General Requirements

  • The workshop is open only to journalists with demonstrated experience in investigative journalism in the form of practical experience and/or training.
  • Submit the following documents by August 25th:
    • One original story idea using the Story Planner template (attached)
    • Recent Curriculum Vitae
    • Accompanying letter/email expressing interest and motivation
  • Story ideas will be selected on the basis of originality i.e. stories that break new ground and expose wrongdoing – such as corruption, malfeasance or misuse of power – in the public and private sectors.
  • Story ideas/ topics should relate to the issue of corruption and integrity in Malawi.
  • During the workshop, journalists will get feedback on their Story Plans.

Story Grants
In case any travelling is required for the story, the journalists should have a provisional travel plan. Only travel costs within Malawi can be considered. Journalists can apply for a 60% advance of the travel costs and will only receive the remaining 40% after publication of their story.

If they fail to do so within the required time, they will be asked to pay back the advance. During the workshop, there will be a session where they can work out the budget for their investigations.

Disclaimer of Liability: CIJM’s role is assisting Journalists is limited to making grants and mentoring on story ideas. CIJM assumes no liability for the legal and/or safety risks undertaken by Journalists in the course of their reporting.

Enquiries and applications to be addressed to both: cijm.director@gmail.com and nip@aiccafrica.org.

Deadline: September 1st, 2017

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TRAINING WORKSHOP ON INVESTIGATING AND REPORTING CORRUPTION

Mass media can expose Corruption and can keep a check on public policy and or expenditure by throwing a spotlight on government and private sector actions.

With support from the Media and Access to Information Programme of the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA), Centre for Investigative Journalism Malawi (CIJM)  is implementing a project on ‘Strengthening Investigative Journalism in Malawi’.

The overall goal of this project is to foster greater transparency and accountability in Malawi by improving media standards and the quality of investigative journalism.

In this regard, CIJM has organised a second and intensive, fully funded, hands-on week long Reporting Corruption Training Course for Malawian Journalists to be in February, 2016.

Venue: Lilongwe

An award winning and highly professional team from the Mail and Guardian newspaper’s centre for investigative Journalism called Amabhungane will conduct the training and later lead in the mentorship programme.

The training course aims at enhancing the competence of Journalists in the area of accurate, professional and readership-oriented corruption reporting and to increase the awareness for the media‘s contribution to the promotion of good governance.

Applications or expressions of interest are being sought from interested and enthusiastic Journalists working for Print, TV, Radio or Internet media who would want to assist Malawi’s fight against corruption.

Priority will be given to young and / or experienced Journalists that have not done a similar or related course before. Women are highly encouraged to apply.

Successful applicants will also automatically qualify for a yearlong mentorship programme by both local and international mentors.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

  • Application letter
  • Minimum of two years Journalistic experience
  • Recent CV
  • Motivation letter of up to 300 words
  • Letter from employer guaranteeing leave of absence for the entire duration of the course
  • And in case of Freelancers/Stringers a personal guarantee to avail themselves during the entire duration of the course.

Please send your complete applications to cijm.director@gmail.com  by latest 31st January, 2016.

N.B. Incomplete applications will not be considered.