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Hands on Internships on Investigative Journalism starting from August 20, 2018.

The MNN Centre for Investigative Journalism (MNNCIJ), with financial support from Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA), invites applications from print and broadcast journalists aspiring to undergo a three-month intensive investigative reporting internship with the Centre.

This project is meant to cultivate, enhance and promote investigative journalism in Lesotho. The interns will learn, through practice with the Centre, skills and tactics of handling investigative reports, report on issues of national interest and concern to promote accountability and transparency from leaders, expose corruption and wrongdoing, protect human rights and promote good governance.

Only four slots are allocated for four interns, each to take three months for a period of one year. Successful applicants will enjoy an opportunity to work with our friendly but hardworking and innovative team to strengthen their investigative skills hands on.

The MNNCIJ, therefore, wishes to reiterate to potential applicants that the internships are fully hands-on programmes where successful candidates are expected to: – propose story ideas; do investigations; and publish under the strict guidance of their mentors.

Applicants must therefore:

  1. Submit a complete and up-to-date Curriculum Vitae (Resumé).
  2. Submit a motivation of 300 words maximum stating explicitly why they want to join the program and what they hope to achieve. The motivation may indicate a preferred period from August 2018 to July 2019 bearing in mind that the first successful applicant will begin internship with the Centre from August 20, November 20, 2018.
  3. Submit at least three original investigative story ideas on corruption and integrity issues in Lesotho they wish to pursue when selected. Preference will go to stories where some preliminary research has been done.
  4. For already practising journalists, at least two samples of investigative stories should be submitted. Such stories must have been published in any recognised media outlet within the years from 2015 to date.
  5. Applicants should be either practising journalists from any recognised Lesotho media outlet, freelancers or journalism/media students.
  6. Have interest in investigative journalism with focus on integrity issues in Lesotho.
  7. Be available full-time to join the Centre for the prescribed period and to work on set investigative projects. If employed, a letter from your superior (preferably your editor) granting approval to participate in the programme will be required.
  8. Every story produced by successful fellows shall be published with their media outlet, on the Centre’s website and abroad.

The MNNCIJ offers a reasonable monthly stipend and resources to successful fellows in doing their stories.

Female journalists are strongly encouraged to apply. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

Interested candidates can send their enquiries and applications to be addressed to:

Deadline for submission of application is August 17, 2018.

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