Thomson Reuters Foundation Seeking Applications for Reporting on Malaria in Africa.
The Thomson Reuters Foundation is delighted to offer African journalists, who are motivated to report on malaria, the opportunity to take part in a new remote training initiative, Reporting on Malaria in Africa.
This remote course will begin on Monday, 10 August and end on Friday, 28 August.
Since the turn of the century, the fight against malaria made tremendous progress and global malaria death rates dropped substantially.
Developments in disease prevention and treatments have helped to ease the burden of the disease, but obstacles to reducing malaria incidence persist.
After decades of improvement, malaria cases are either flat or increasing again, challenging current approaches and interventions.
New tools and innovations are being developed and delivered to rise to this challenge.
At a time when the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread rapidly across the world, now more than ever it is crucial that efforts to control malaria are not undermined.
Adding to this crisis, widespread mis- and disinformation present a serious challenge to public access to accurate information about public health crises such as malaria.
As new technologies emerge, new reporting techniques must be employed to accurately report on diseases. Media plays a critical role in creating a sustained and informed discourse on any public health initiative, and to that end has a responsibility to be impartial, responsible and informed.
Working with journalists across sub-Saharan Africa, this initiative seeks to:
The cohort will meet at least twice a week for a live two-hour virtual session with trainers and/or expert speakers to ask questions, share ideas, learn new skills and practice them. All live sessions will be supplemented with extra material. Post-session discussions and feedback on an exclusive forum will extend the learning process.
Journalists who take part must commit to all elements of the scheme, signing an agreement to this effect.
These elements include:
Participants of this course will:
Selected participants will receive modest funding to help them realise their malaria stories.
The Foundation is looking for:
Freelancers should provide evidence that one or more media organisations will be willing to take their work.
Apply by 28th July.
For more information and application details, see; Funded Training on Reporting on Malaria in Africa
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