Wits Journalism China-Africa Reporting Project Grants 2016 for African Journalists.

Application Deadline: April 27th 2018

The Africa-China Reporting Project (the Project) at Wits Journalism is inviting all journalists to submit proposals for a series of Africa-China investigative journalism grants intended for larger and more expansive investigations. This series of grants will be supervised by Anton Harber, Caxton Professor of Journalism at Wits Journalism, who will work directly with the selected journalists.

Since 2009 the Project has provided reporting grants and other opportunities for journalists to investigate complex dynamics and uncover untold stories, emphasising on-the-ground impact and perspectives to illustrate how the lives of the people of Africa are changing amid the comprehensive phenomenon of Africa-China interactions.

Now in 2018 the Project intends to support more expansive Africa-China investigations by identifying competent journalists and partners to undertake investigative journalism.

Case in point: Cross-border pangolin investigation

The Project is seeking to work with journalists who are able to deeply investigate a single topic of interest within the broad Africa-China framework, and additionally who are able to involve more partners who can assist the investigations, such as news agencies, investigative units, etc. One example of a recent highly successful investigative collaboration engineered by the Project was the cross-border pangolin investigation.

Potential focus areas

For these investigative reporting grants the Project thus encourages journalists to submit proposals that aim to bring to light fresh and nuanced investigations bringing in new learning about complex Africa-China relations, and ideally that involves other partners and institutions that can collaborate on and expand the investigation; the Project can potentially assist applicants to form partnerships with potential partners.

How to apply

The Project is looking for experienced investigative journalists who have new and fresh ideas and the means to deliver them. Applications containing the following items should be sent to [email protected] by no later than 27 April:

  • Applicant CV, and list of previous Africa-China reporting and/or previous investigative journalism reporting
  • Proposal for story to be investigated, with a clear headline at the start and a brief report of WHAT will be investigated and HOW, including a detailed methodology for how the investigation will be undertaken (explaining feasibility of timeframe execution) and a planned timeline for the investigation
  • An indication of which partners will be used/required and how this will expand the investigation
  • A budget with specific line items totalling as much as $3,000

For any further questions please contact the Project team at [email protected].

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Wits Africa-China investigative journalism grants


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