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Globally, it is estimated that 152 million children aged 5 to 17 are engaged in child labour. About half of them (72.5 million) perform hazardous work that places their health, safety or moral development at risk. The United Nations has declared 2021 the International Year for the Elimination of Child Labour, inspiring international action to eliminate child labour across the world by 2025.
The Thomson Reuters Foundation (TRF) is a member of the Partnership Against Child Exploitation (PACE). PACE is a ground-breaking partnership of private sector, academic, media development and civil society organisations working together to combat the exploitation of children in the worst forms of child labour. Operating in three African countries – Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Ethiopia – the PACE programme aims to identify the most effective strategies to combat the exploitation of children in the worst forms of child labour, through a range of initiatives.
Leveraging the power of the media to raise awareness of the damaging effects of child labour on children, by supporting high quality journalism, is one of these initiatives.
TRF and the PACE consortium would like to invite interested radio journalists based in the Amhara region of Ethiopia to submit applications to participate in this new training opportunity, via the application process set out below. This three-day course will be based in the Amhara regional capital – Bahir Dar, and run from Monday 26th to Wednesday 28th April 2021.
With support from the Amhara Mass Media Agency, TRF will deliver a three-day, full-time radio training programme in English, with a focus on ethical and impartial reporting standards, safeguarding when reporting on children’s issues, interviewing and newsgathering techniques, and engaging with target audiences. The course will blend theoretical and practical elements, and include presentations from a selection of expert speakers engaged in the fight against child labour.
During the course participants will be expected to generate their own story ideas to contribute to the fight against the worst forms of child labour. At the end of the three-day programme, participants will pitch their story ideas for the opportunity to participate in the TRF mentoring programme.
The course will be based in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia. Participants will come together for three-days of full-time training. Training days will commence at 9:00am EAT, and conclude at 5:00pm each day.
Participants travelling from outside of Bahir Dar will be supported with a transport and accommodation allowance provided by TRF. Lunch and refreshments will be provided to all participants during the course.
The course will be delivered through a blend of in-person facilitation, and sessions delivered via video link due to the on-going travel suspension resulting from the Coronavirus pandemic.
The course will be delivered in English. However, we recognise that English will not be the first language for most/all participants, and support will be available by Amharic-speaking members of the training team. While we expect all participants to be proficient in English, this is not a language-training course. The emphasis is on good reporting, writing and journalism rather than English grammar.
- be full-time radio journalists or regular contributors working for media organisations based in Ethiopia
- have a minimum of two years’ professional experience, and should explain through their applications why they will benefit from participation in this course, and how they plan to use the learning in their professional work
- have a level of proficiency in spoken English to allow them to participate in the course
- Applicants with a demonstrable interest in combatting child labour, or a background of reporting on children’s issues, are particularly encouraged to apply.
Once selected, applicants will also be asked to provide a letter from their editor supporting their participation in the programme, including a commitment to publish the story they will produce should they participate in the mentoring component of the course. This will only be requested by TRF once applicants have been selected for the course.
Applicants selected for the mentoring component that follows the course must have access to a minimum internet speed of 1 MB/second. (You can check the speed of your device by logging from it on www.speedtest.net). Selected mentees will also need access to a computer to participate in the mentoring scheme; participation from a mobile or smart phone will not be possible.
Thomson Reuters Foundation will contribute to data costs for selected mentees.
Applicants should provide the following documents as part of the application process:
- Two relevant work samples (maximum file size 5 MB). Radio examples should be submitted as transcripts of broadcasts, a brief summary, and/or links to online versions. Participants are encouraged to provide details of circulation and reach of their publications/broadcasts if possible.
- A biography of up to 250 words outlining your career.
- A statement of between 250 and 500 words describing how you expect to benefit from this course, how you plan to use what you learn in your professional work, and any factors affecting your work as a journalist which may be considered relevant to your application.
Please note there are limited spaces available; TRF will consider all applications on merit.
If you have any difficulties applying, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, ensuring you quote the course title found at the top of this page.