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Reporting on Illicit Finance in Africa

Thomson Reuters Foundation Reporting on Illicit Finance in Africa

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Thomson Reuters Foundation calls application for Reporting on Illicit Finance in Africa. Thomson Reuters Foundation in partnership with the African Centre for Media Excellence is looking for journalists based anywhere in Africa who are motivated to understand how their country could be losing money via illicit means. Moreover, a Wealth of Nations is a long-term engagement, and journalists who take part must commit to all elements of the scheme, signing an agreement to this effect. Basically, these elements include:

  • The production of stories on illicit financial flows.
  • A mentoring support scheme that will help produce these stories.
  • Intensive training on reporting illicit finance taking place online between 12 October – 06 November 2020.

Benefits of the scheme

If selected, candidates will

  • Take part in an intensive online workshop covering illicit finance, reporting on companies, accounts and budgets, and investigative techniques.
  • Propose one or more story ideas that you wish to work on within the scheme – Thomson Reuters will provide experienced journalists to help you pursue your stories right up to publication/broadcast.
  • Have exclusive access to expertise through our network of illicit finance experts.
  • Also, have access to story ideas and editorial advice, and will be invited to share your own expertise with participants from other regions.


The criteria for Thomson Reuters Foundation Reporting on Illicit Finance in Africa are as follows

  • Journalists with at least two years of professional experience and fluent English
  • It is an advantage if you are familiar with investigative journalism, reporting on finances, and/or dealing with numbers more generally, but if you have a strong motivation to learn about and understand these issues then the opportunity will consider your application. Early-career journalists can apply.
  • Candidates must be able to spend significant time working on illicit finance stories.
  • Both freelancers and staff journalists may apply. Journalists working for a news organization will need consent from their editor to take part. Freelancers should provide evidence that one or more media organizations will be willing to take their work.
  • Journalists working in any medium or multiple media are welcome to apply (print, online, radio or television). Similarly, journalists should be based in Africa and working for one or more African media organizations.
  • Furthermore, candidates must have fluent English skills.

Find out more


Type of Opportunity Competitions and Awards
Deadline05 October,2020
Open toAll
OrganizerThomson Reuters Foundation



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