MFWA Digital Public Infrastructure Journalism Fellowship for West African Journalists

MFWA Digital Public Infrastructure Journalism Fellowship for West African Journalists

As part of efforts to improve public awareness, the MFWA with funding support from and in partnership with Co-Develop, is commencing a regional journalism fellowship programme for journalists in West Africa.

This initiative is intended to build and grow a pool of West African journalists who would have the relevant knowledge and skills to produce quality and impactful reports on DPI/DPGs. Ultimately, the work of these journalists would increase public access to information on DPI/DPGs, and public awareness and enable public engagements in DPI/DPGs policy formulation and implementation across West Africa.

The selected journalists for this programme will go through a three-month (September to November 2023) fellowship involving training workshops, mentorship and story production. After the three-month fellowship, the beneficiary journalists will continue to engage in network activities and story production on DPI/DPG issues.

The Fellowship will be both virtual and in-person. For the first six weeks and the last four weeks, Fellows will be engaged virtually by mentors and trainers. During the 7th and 8th weeks of the Fellowship, fellows will convene in Accra, Ghana for further in-person and peer-to-peer experience-sharing sessions.

By the end of the Fellowship, each fellow is expected to have produced
at least two significant stories on DPI/DPGs. Fellows will be required to publish their stories in their respective news media organisations. Fellows will also receive a certificate of participation.


  • Training and mentorship opportunities
    Monthly stipend of $500 to Fellows and $700 to fellows’ media organisations to support story production, publication and programming

  • Fellows will also be eligible for DPI/DPGs Reporting Grants

  • Accommodation, Feeding and Health Insurance cover during the in-person convening in Ghana

    Criteria for Selection

  • The ability to work cooperatively in diverse groups and to respect the opinions of others

  • Strong social and communication skills

  • An energetic, positive attitude to work; and

  • Basic knowledge, interest or professional experience in ICTs and digitalisation issues

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; MFWA Digital Public Infrastructure Journalism Fellowship for West African Journalists

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