About the Digital Rights and Media Fellowship (DRIMF)

Paradigm Initiative’s DRIMF is a 4-month program running twice a year and designed to immerse outstanding early career journalists of not more than 8 years’ experience in the digital ecosystem. Selected media professionals work with Paradigm Initiative on various projects and contribute to improving public understanding of digital rights and inclusion issues in Africa. Through academic and practical learnings, Paradigm Initiative Digital Rights and Digital Inclusion Media Fellowship embeds media professionals within the digital ecosystem.

Media Fellows connect with PIN teams in Cameroon (Yaoundé), Ghana (Accra), Kenya (Nairobi), Nigeria (Aba, Abuja, Kano and Lagos), Zambia (Lusaka) and Zimbabwe (Bulawayo). DRIMF exposes media professionals to an underreported field of work at national and regional level, increasing reporting on digital rights and inclusion in Africa. This is achieved through professional and academic components. The fellowship is open to journalists working in Africa.

Components of the fellowship

  • Fully-funded trip to attend the Digital Rights and Inclusion Forum (DRIF) in Abuja, Nigeria, in April 2020.
  • Digital Rights / Inclusion training at the Paradigm Initiative headquarters in Lagos (Nigeria), in addition to communication with team members from other offices in Africa.
  • Fully-funded 2-week residency program to visit Paradigm Initiative offices in Nigeria (Abuja, Lagos, Kano, Aba).
  • 4-month virtual training and collaboration with Paradigm Initiative and partners.
  • Fellowship may also include fully-funded local and international travels to participate in and cover relevant events related to Digital Rights and Inclusion.
  • Interaction with leading stakeholders in digital rights advocacy.
  • Paradigm Initiative will provide fellows with a monthly stipend, and a one-time research grant, during the fellowship period.

Expectations

  • Fellows will be expected to participate in all scheduled activities.
  • Fellows will be expected to publish, in their affiliated media (Print, TV, Radio, Online), at least 15 reports on digital rights and inclusion issues during the fellowship period. Fellows will retain full editorial direction on the stories.
  • Fellows will be expected to continue to provide coverage to digital rights and inclusion issues after their fellowship.

Requirements

  • The Fellowship is open to journalists affiliated with mainstream print and online newspapers in Africa.
  • Interested candidates must demonstrate previous coverage of human rights and/or tech issues and interest in advocacy journalism.
  • Interested candidates must not have spent more than ten years in journalism. We are most interested in outstanding, early career journalists.