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Safety Opportunities for Africa-based Journalists & Editors

The ACOS Alliance has launched applications for two Africa-based safety training initiatives: one for journalists based in East Africa; and one for news editors and managers based throughout sub-saharan Africa. Both initiatives will take place in August 2024.

1. Journalist Safety Training, Nairobi, 7-9 August

In partnership with IREX, ACOS is offering 12 FREE slots to freelance and local journalists based in East Africa to attend a three-day safety training course tailored to regional needs. The course will take place in Nairobi on 7-9 August 2024 inclusive (not including travel days).

We strongly encourage freelance and local journalists who come from a diverse range of underrepresented social and economic backgrounds in East Africa to apply.

In line with the ACOS Alliance Safety Principles, the course is designed to help journalists who face risks and safety challenges in their work to be better prepared.

Comprised of classroom and group discussion work interspersed with practical exercises to build skills and confidence, the training will also pay attention to digital security, psychological safety, and first aid, taught by an experienced and qualified medic. The course will be in English.

The ACOS Alliance and IREX will cover the course fee, meals and three nights accommodation during the length of the course. There are a limited number of travel grants available for those based out of Kenya.

The deadline for applications is 5th July 2024 at 11:59pm EAT.


2. Editor Cohort Training Program, 3 to 31 August (weekly)

The ACOS Alliance is launching its first Editor Cohort Training Program, bringing together small groups of editors and news managers based in Sub-Saharan Africa to complete the online course The Fundamentals of Safe Commissioning and receive enhanced training tailored to their needs.

ACOS are offering 10 FREE slots to editors, newsroom managers, and senior journalists who are actively commissioning stories across the region and are involved in editorial decision-making processes within their newsrooms. Participants will receive a cohort certificate of completion after the course.

We strongly encourage editors, newsroom managers, and senior journalists working in a diverse range of underrepresented newsrooms in Sub-Saharan Africa to apply.

The program runs for four weeks from 3rd to 31st August 2024. It includes access to the online course, three weekly webinars (on Saturdays) and a one-to-one 60 minute safety advisory.

The minimum time commitment for participating in the cohort is 15 hours over four weeks. See the application form for more details.

All sessions will take place remotely on Zoom and will be conducted in English.

The ACOS Alliance is keen to evaluate the impact and performance of this program, and participants are expected to provide comprehensive feedback.

For more detailed information and to apply, please click on the button below.

The deadline for applications is Friday, 12 July @ 11:59pm EAT.


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