“Reconnecting – African-European Perspectives“: Training and networking workshop for journalists from Africa, June 2023 to January 2024.
Europe is trying to expand its partnership with Africa on matters such as green transformation, digitalisation, trade, fight against jihadist insurgencies and migration control. However, the European-African cooperation is facing difficulties: the debate on vaccine patents during the Covid 19 pandemic; migration policy; the stance on the Ukraine war; strong anti-colonial sentiments in many African countries. Some of those receive alternative offers to ties to the West: cooperation with new donor powers like China, India, Turkey and Russia. What dynamics will determine future relationships of African countries to donors and potential partners?
The taz Panter Foundation, with strong ties to the national German daily die tageszeitung (taz), is offering a free-of-charge-training and networking workshop for journalists from 19 African countries from June 2023 to January 2024 on these topics.
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The workshop will improve networking among African journalists as well as with European colleagues and representatives of civil society. It will strengthen the skills of the participants well as their insights on globally relevant debates. Issues that concern the daily work of African journalist will be equally included: fake news and disinformation, freedom of press, digitalisation of media, corruption and the struggle for democratic reforms.
The workshop will be divided into two parts:
1.) A 7-session webinar-series with experts from civil society and trainers every four weeks from June to December 2023.
The topics will be:
• Old and new donors in Africa, EU´s Africa Strategy („Global Gateway“)
• Food Security in the aftermath of Ukraine crisis
• Climate change
• Looted cultural assets
• Combating corruption
• Combating fake news
• Writing magazine texts
• Magazine planning
Active participation is mandatory. All participants will receive compensation for their contribution of articles, which they will write as a part of the webinars.
At the end of the webinar-phase, participants will develop a print-magazine to be published in German and English.
2.) An 8-day all-expense-paid workshop in Berlin in January 2024. Participants will have the opportunity to personally meet and exchange ideas with Germany-based actors from NGOs, science, other media professionals as well as activists and government agencies.
Journalists from the following 19 African countries are invited to apply: Botswana, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Gambia, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mauritius, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Africa and Zambia.
In the end, about 16 journalists are selected (usually not more than one from each country)!
Working language will be English. Fluent proficiency is mandatory.
Journalists from all fields – Print, TV, Radio, Online –, employed or freelance, can apply. Proof of experience in journalism is mandatory. The workshop aims to reach journalists who have rarely had the chance to take part in international trainings.
We particularly encourage women to apply. At least half of the participants will be women.
The application is to be submitted not later than April 16, 2023, 23.59 CET
Please complete our questionnaire at taz.de/africaworkshop
• a short CV (maximum 500 characters)
• statement of motivation
• 3 samples of your journalistic work (only as URLs/weblink!)
• your Social Media profiles, if you have
• applicants from non-anglophone countries need to provide a proof of fluent English language skills
What happens then? You will receive a confirmation of your application. By May 15th 2023 applicants will be informed whether they were selected. We look forward to receiving your application!
The taz Panter Foundation is committed to promoting independent journalism and is closely linked to “taz, die tageszeitung”, an independent daily German newspaper, owned by more than 22,500 members of the taz cooperative. For more than ten years, the taz Panter Foundation has been organizing workshops for international journalists. The Africa workshop is also funded by the German Federal Foreign Office.