The Revenue Watch Institute are in the second year of an extensive media capacity building programme for suitably qualified journalists from Ghana and Uganda interested in oil and gas reporting. The training programme will begin in August 2011 and run over a period of 6 – 8 months.
There are approximately 14 places available this year – 7 places for Ghanaian journalists and 7 for Ugandan journalists. The Revenue Watch Institute is a non-profit policy institute and grant-making organization that promotes accountable and effective management of oil, gas and mineral resources for the public good. Good governance of oil and gas revenues requires an informed, responsive and dynamic media environment to provide the oversight of the process and help inform the public about the issues. This is therefore the impetus behind our training programme.
The training will be delivered through a partnership of Penplusbytes in Ghana, the African Centre for Media Excellence in Uganda and Thomson Reuters Foundation. Methodology will be a mixture of seminars, interviews and informal ‘roundtables’, regular mentoring, field trips, workshops and debates with technical experts and journalists from Ghana and Uganda. It will be as interactive as possible and will involve critiquing and supporting the work of other trainees as they produce stories and explore the issues involved in reporting on extractives. In addition there will be travel bursaries for motivated reporters to enable them to build on their professional development in this field and an annual prize for the best reporting.
As this is a competitive process, places will be offered to reporters who make the strongest applications when addressing the information listed below.
1 Provide examples of any stories or mp3’s related to extractive industries you have written or broadcast (clearly showing your byline where applicable and date of publication)
2 A short biography – no more than 200 words
3 A brief statement explaining how deepening your understanding of oil and gas reporting will contribute to your professional development and that of your media house (200 words maximum)
4 Write a pitch for a story on extractives you would like to pursue – who would you interview and why, what would be the angle and focus of the story and how this relates to your audience
5 Contact information for your editor – telephone, email, postal and physical address
All applications to be submitted by Friday 17th June 2011
Please email your material to firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information email or call Kofi Mangesi email@example.com 02442868090 or
George Lugalambi : firstname.lastname@example.org