Globla Issues Journalism Fellowships - Uganda, Mozambique
This project aims to increase the accountability of national and international decision-making to the citizens of Uganda and Mozambique. Twenty four journalists (12 in each country) will be supported each year, through a ten month-long fellowship that will mentor and resource them to produce quality coverage of issues and events relevant to poverty reduction and the MDGs. The recruitment process will be competitive and gender-sensitive. Half of the journalists will be recruited to a G8 stream, working on the development issues raised through the G8 process; the strongest fellows in this group will attend the G8 summit. Half will join a Climate Change stream, reporting on sustainable development and climate change; and the strongest fellows in this group will attend the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change summit. The others will cover the debate from their home countries. The project will generate:
Genuine engagement with development decisions and global issues for the people most affected in the focus countries. A minimum of 96 quality media outputs per year per country to be disseminated through the fellows' media outlets, partner dissemination outlets and other channels. A critical mass of between 24-36 journalists in each country (48 - 72 overall) with the professional journalism skills and specialist knowledge to cover national and global development processes and MDG-issues. Dialogue with media house editors, informed by media research, on the constraints and editorial conventions preventing effective coverage and interventions to support appropriate change.
A report giving detailed recommendations about interventions to build the capacity of media houses to increase the accountability of national and international development policy and processes.