Applications are now open for the Fully Funded Open Society Investigative Journalism Fellowships 2020. These 18-month Fellowships offer an opportunity for young journalists to enter the world of in-depth. Further, investigative reporting by learning cutting-edge investigative, digital, multimedia and storytelling skills. It is a partnership between the Open Society Foundations for South Africa and East Africa, Wits also Rhodes universities.
Five Open Society Fellowships in Investigative Reporting are available each year for 2019, 2020 and 2021. Each fellowship will last for 18 months, consisting of 12 months’ study, 6 months’ internship. Also, attendance at two international investigative journalism conferences (one in South African and one in the USA/Europe).
Fellows can study either the Wits University BA Hons in Journalism and Media Studies or the MA in Journalism and Media Studies, depending on their previous qualifications and experience. They will also get an accredited certificate from a Rhodes PAMS course, a portfolio of work and letters of recommendation for their internships.
For the BA Hons in Journalism and Media Studies with a specialization in Investigative Journalism, the programme will be made up of four courses and a research report:
For the MA, the programme consists of three courses and a research report
Research report: Based at Rhodes University for a semester, the fellows will do a major investigative project, under individual mentorship, along with a self-critical essay and two articles for publication.
The additional elements will be one international conference chosen from: