Constructive Journalism Fellowship (fully funded)

Deadline: July 31 2022

DW Akademie is looking forward to receiving your Constructive Journalism Fellowship applications.Aimed at supporting journalists from Sub-Saharan African countries,committed to reporting on local crises,pointing to possible solutions as well as portraying people who are exploring ways forward.

Constructive Journalism is an approach for detailed and critical reporting pinpointing where change is possible, and provides potential answers to the biggest questions of our time.While news about major crises can be overwhelming and discouraging, Constructive Journalism offers an alternative: it not only looks at the problems but also the possible solutions at both global and local level.

 It brings together media professionals,wishing to learn more about constructive storytelling and furthermore connect with like-minded colleagues. The five-month Fellowship has a hybrid training format with a one-week on-site session either in Germany or on the Sub-Saharan African continent scheduled to take place at the end of the program in March 2023.


  • Travel and hotel: DW Akademie will cover your travel and hotel expenses as well as your visa costs.
  • Financial support and mentorship to produce a constructive visual project.

Selected fellows will receive up to 3,000 euros for their video production.

The goal is to apply a newly acquired constructive journalism skills to cover current challenges,also crises in a comprehensive storytelling format.

  • Individual coaching

The hybrid program also offers individual training and career coaching. Each fellow assigned a highly qualified professional to assist them with their project.

Your mentor will meet with you in approximately 6-8 regular, individual online sessions during the production period beginning in December 2022.but,the project should be completed by end of February 2022.

  • Networking opportunities

You will become part of our network with constructive visual practitioners, journalists, media professionals and filmmakers from different parts of the globe.

Connecting you with a growing community of constructive journalists enables creation of an ongoing exchange of resources, knowledge and best practices.

  • Participant will be awarded a certificate after completing the fellowship.

 Eligible to apply:

Country of residence: Applicants should be a resident in a Sub-Saharan African country, with a valid passport and able to travel for the one-week training in March 2023.

English language: Applicants should have a command of English corresponding at least to the B2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) since trainings and overall communication will be held in English.

Work experience: All applicants should have several years of experience in producing visual content, and be able to handle their equipment and work relatively independently. Previous experience in constructive journalism is not required.

Equipment: All participants must have access to the technical equipment needed for their constructive visual project, and a laptop to participate in the online workshop. 

How to apply? 

  • Apply using our application form.
  • In addition to filling out the form, all applicants are required to upload a CV, a copy of their passport, three work samples, a letter of reference and an outline for three possible constructive stories for their production project.
  • Stories should highlight local approaches or responses to broader, global crises.

Required from you.

 All selected fellows are expected to:

  • Take part in the online training being held between November 2022 and February 2023 as well as in the on-site training in March 2023
  • Organize their own visa for the on-site training.
  • Produce a constructive video
  • During the video production phase, engage with the mentor and find publication options
  • Write a fellowship report
  • Share your constructive journalism skills with your colleague (in a formal or informal setting)

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