Call for Application: 2021 Report Women Female Reporters’ Leadership Programme

The Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism (WSCIJ) in collaboration with the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) opens application submission for its 2021 Report Women! Female Reporters Leadership Programme (FRLP) Fellowship. This year, the fellowship will focus on Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) and Criminal Justice. The choice of our focus area is to increase the quality and quantum of stories on girls and women issues by creating a strong community of female reporters with leadership prowess who can put conversations on various forms of violence against girl and women and criminal justice on the front burner. The overall objective of the FRLP Fellowship is to equip female reporters with leadership skills and position them to take opportunities to lead, provide capacity development for advanced nuanced reporting and create a vibrant cohort of female practitioners who can mainstream girls and women in news reporting. Professional fulltime or freelance female reporters in Nigeria, with a minimum of three years’ experience are eligible to apply. Application closes on Friday 28 May 2021 by 11.00pm West Africa Time (WAT)

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Application criteria:

  • Female journalists with passion for leadership, ethics and social justice
  • Proven record of accomplishments in journalism
  • An interest in reporting violence against girls and women and criminal justice
  • Demonstrated ability to influence change
  • Willingness to learn (from faculty, peers and mentors) and share knowledge
  • Energetic, positive attitude with strong social skills
  • A commitment to apply leadership skills and training to benefit self, organisation and society.

The 2021 FRLP fellowship

The 2021 FRLP fellowship exposure will entail the following:

  1. Four-day immersion training on leadership, SGBV, criminal justice and other girls and women issues
  2. Six-month mentoring
  3. Implementation of leadership and story projects on SGBV and criminal justice
  4. Share-fair
  5. Fellowship award and induction into the most supportive group of female reporters in the world.

About the Report Women Female Reporters’ Leadership Programme (FRLP)

The Report Women! Female Reporters’ Leadership Programme is an initiative of the Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism (WSCIJ) that started in 2014. The Report Women programme seeks to intentionally increase the quality and quantity of reports about girls and women in the news room. The Female Reporters Leadership Programme part of the initiative commenced in 2017 due to the trend of absence of female persons in the leadership of newsrooms and the need to raise conversations and influence a change in the reality. The fellowship was therefore introduced to equip female journalists with the skills, finesse, support and tools to take bold steps that will help position them for the highest leadership positions in their various media houses as we engage on other fronts for the change we seek. The programme mobilises a network of female journalists who are oriented for leadership and a train-the-trainer approach to better appreciate mainstreaming gender issues in news reporting.

WSCIJ strongly encourages female journalists who live outside major cities and those living with disabilities to apply.

Please note that only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

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