Apply for Africa-China environmental journalism training workshop

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DEADLINE: AUGUST 20, 2020 ― The Africa-China Reporting Project (the Project) at Wits Journalism is inviting journalists with interests or experience in environmental journalism to submit proposals for an Online Environmental Journalism Training Workshop.

The Online Environmental Journalism Training Workshop will take place on 28 September 2020 and will involve practical skills training and engagement with other African and Chinese journalists.

Selected applicants will also receive a full pass to Wits Journalism’s African Investigative Journalism Conference 2020 which holds in October 2020.

The online Workshop and AIJC Conference this year will serve as precursors for reporting grants, on-the-ground investigations and a full training workshop in 2021, the global situation permitting.

The project notes that China’s government, companies and financiers are some of the largest investors in the African continent, and play a critical role in supporting Africa. However, there is still a lack of quality reporting on Africa-China issues.

Relevant issues could include but are not limited to:

  • Climate impacts such as drought, flooding, changing temperatures and seasons
  • The future of African energy systems
  • Fossil fuels, mineral and other natural resources extraction
  • Nature conservation
  • Infrastructure development
  • Pollution

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Please address an email with the heading APPLICATION: ENVIRONMENTAL WORKSHOP 2020 and containing the following items (in attachments in MS Word or PDF formats) to by no later than 20 August 2020:

  • Applicant CV including list of previous Africa-China or environment-related reporting
  • Proposal for the Africa-China environment-related story to be investigated in 100-150 words (in the email body or attached as a document), that the applicant is interested to investigate or that the applicant has already done some investigations on and is interested to investigate further.

Applications are open to all journalists who present Africa-focused proposals. Applicants need not necessarily have previous reporting experience in this area.

For any further questions please contact the project team at