Print journalists who participated in the land training programme in the year 2011/2012 are invited to apply.
The 4-week long fellowship, will commence on 1st – 31st August 2012, is designed to equip journalists with skills to produce long-form investigative land themed stories from Kenya.
The fellowship, will explore reporting on land issues affecting citizens and land reforms going on in the country, offers print journalists an opportunity to take time out from the newsroom to enhance their investigative journalism skills while engaging in high quality, high impact land beat reporting.
As a practical and customised programme, this fellowship will focus on both craft and content. Through one-on-one story production mentoring, extensive field work, discussions with top journalists, land experts, policy makers and communities, fellows will be well-grounded in the current land issues, laws and the status of the land reform. They will also develop story sources and ideas and the capacity to examine the socio-economic and cultural ramifications of the new land laws and land governing institutions.
Fellows will also be exposed to new digital media trends, including multimedia storytelling.
The two journalists who will win the fellowship will be required to produce feature stories and other print formats during the fellowship, and publish them after they return to their news organizations.
Who is eligible? The fellowship is open to the print journalists who attended the land training workshops held by Internews in 2011/2012. Fellows will be selected on the quality of their application, on the relevance of their story idea, and on the basis of previous work on land reporting. A jury will be set up to select two successful applicants.
Awards? Journalists are expected to negotiate for permission for time away from their places of work. Selected journalists will require a release letter from their employers. Internews in Kenya will pay USD 1000 for the duration of the fellowship. Internews will provide grants to cover travel and research costs for the field work.
How to apply To be considered, send the following items:
Your detailed story idea – one pager including story idea, sources, field work, intended impact of the story, why you think you should investigate there and cover the story.
A cover letter describing your reasons for applying, qualifications and career goals.
A personal statement detailing your experiences, why you deserve the fellowship, what you aim to accomplish if it is awarded to you.
Details of previous awards or fellowships.
At least three samples of published land stories.
Two letters of support, one from a senior editor and another from a referee familiar with your work.
Freelance journalists should send a letter of support from an editor or producer familiar with their recent work.