Application Deadline: 6 October, 2023.
The South African National Editors’ Forum (SANEF) has launched an exciting new financial journalism fellowship aimed at mid-career journalists. The fellowship is sponsored by Deloitte South Africa with funding for the next three years, and will be administered by the Wits Centre for Journalism (WCJ).
The SANEF Fellowship in Financial Journalism will offer specialised training over six months, and equip candidates to accurately report on complex financial matters. Students will engage with local financial and journalism experts giving them the opportunity to expand their networks and produce more in-depth stories and economic news.
The course has been identified as suitable for upskilling journalists with experience who seek to further understand complex financial and regulatory issues for accurate reporting. The fellowship will be delivered to cohorts of about twenty journalists from October this year and another twenty in 2024.
The course aims to provide working journalists with the skills and knowledge required to be an effective, critically thinking financial journalist. We are living in an increasingly complex world. More than ever, we need well-trained financial journalists able to think critically about the issues we face, to serve as watchdogs for the wider public and to make sense of complex events that shape our economies and livelihoods. Working on case studies and practical examples in class prepares journalists for the newsroom.
At the end of the course, successful participants should be able to:
• Think critically about financial and economic events and place them in their broader context
• Understand the basic principles and key concepts of finance and economics
• Communicate financial concepts in an accessible manner
• Report effectively on markets, statistics, companies and the economy
• Reflect on the role of the financial journalist in the wider society
To apply, please send a copy of your ID or passport, CV, and a letter of motivation to [email protected]. The course is open to applicants from across Africa, but you must be based in Johannesburg for the six-month duration of the course, which begins on 16 October, 2023.
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