Applications call for Open Society Fellowships in Investigative Reporting 2020
A special and exciting program to develop a new generation of investigative reporters, a partnership between Wits Journalism, Rhodes School of Journalism and Media Studies and the Open Society Foundation. Several Open Society Fellowships in Investigative Reporting are available each year for 2019, 2020 and 2021. Each Open Society Fellowships will last for 18 months, consisting of 12 months’ study, 6 months’ internship, and 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.
For the BA Hons in Journalism and Media Studies with a specialisation 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 of Open Society Fellowships will be:
For the equivalent of the Research Report, the fellows will be based at Rhodes University for three months, where they will do a major investigation into a social or service delivery issue, under mentorship.
After completion of their programme, the fellows will be placed in internships with investigative teams for six months. We have partnerships with amaBhungane, Daily Maverick, and News24 for this purpose. Students will be expected to work on investigative teams and produce a portfolio of work at the end of the period.
The Open Society Fellowships pays all study and travel costs, as well as a stipend for the 18 months.
|Type of Opportunity||Scholarships and Fellowships|
|Organizer||Open Society Fellowships|
|Contact the organizer||Journalism|