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Thomson Reuters Foundation’s Investigative Sports Reporting Programme 2018 for Journalists in Africa

Thomson Reuters Foundation’s Investigative Sports Reporting Programme 2018 for Journalists in Africa (Funded)

Deadline: June 11, 2018

Applications for the Thomson Reuters Foundation’s Investigative Sports Reporting Programme 2018 is now open. This is an opportunity provided by Sport and Society programme for Journalists in Africa who want to report on how sport is run in their own country or wider region.

Sport has played an important role in society for thousands of years.  Around the world, it brings people together from all backgrounds and all walks of life.  The UN even recognises the benefits of sport as a ‘low-cost and high-impact tool in humanitarian, development and peace-building efforts… an important investment in the present and future’.

Participating journalists will work on a specific story idea and develop this during an intensive workshop in Lagos, Nigeria. The workshop will also cover investigative techniques, storytelling approaches, and more. They will then receive editorial guidance and mentoring support to help them make their story solid and engaging.

Participating journalists will also be eligible to apply for modest funding to help cover the costs of reporting their story.


They will cover all transport and subsistence costs of journalists participating in this programme.


  • Journalists with a proven interest in how sport is run. You do not need to be a sports correspondent – we are also interested to hear from business reporters and investigative journalists for example.
  • Journalists must be based in an African country and working for a domestic media outlet.
  •  Journalists working in any medium may apply – print, radio, TV, online


You can apply using the application form here. You will be asked to upload:

  • 2 work samples (maximum file size 5 MB)
  • A letter from your editor consenting to your participation in the programme and committing to publish/broadcast resulting stories
  • You will also be asked to provide a story idea. This might be an investigation, a feature, or a series of stories. While we welcome ideas for investigations, your idea does not need to be investigative, provided it is giving fresh insight on the topic chosen.

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