Applications are now open for the 2024 Code for Africa (CfA) Code for Africa (CfA) Somalia Fact Checking Fellowship. Code for Africa (CfA), through its African Fact-Checking Alliance (AFCA), is offering an intensive five-month incubation programme for Somalia-based media organizations. The initiative is premised on helping new organizations establish their CheckDesks and grow the local fact-checking ecosystem, as a way to deepen their monitoring/debunking activities.

Application Deadline: April 12, 2024

Eligibility Requirements

  1. You must not work for government institutions, state-funded media or any paramilitary or security organization.
  2. The newsroom or media organization must be based in Somalia.
  3. You must be an established journalist/researcher/editor/manager in a newsroom or media-focused watchdog civil social organization, social enterprise, or research/policy institute with a verifiable publishing history.
  4. The organization must have an existing online presence, including an actively maintained website and/or social media profiles, or a substantive commitment to establish an online presence at the beginning of the programme.
  5. The media organization or newsroom must be a member of the AFCA network. If it is not at the time of application, fill out this form to become an AFCA member, before applying.
  6. The participants designated by the newsroom must commit to using their new skills and tools to produce regular fact-checks, and must publish/broadcast the debunks on the newsroom’s platform or an appropriate public platform.
  7. The participants must be fluent in either the language of tuition and mentorship: English and Somali/Arabic.
  8. The fact-checks must be produced/published in English. Somali is optional.
  9. The participants must have access to a home laptop/computer with internet connection, to participate in online classes and benefit from the digital mentorship and electronic resources.
  10. The organization must have skilled and available editorial staff (journalists and supervising editors) or managerial staff committed to participating in the period agreed upon.
  11. The organization must commit to timely and open communication from the management and seconded team members.
  12. The seconded trainees must commit to agreed-upon weekly online training and task-based class assignments.
  13. The organization must commit to broadcasting or publishing content produced through the programme in the specified cadence and driving engagement on an appropriate public platform.
  14. Participants must commit to sharing their new skills and insights within their organization and wider journalistic/research fraternity, by demonstrating their projects and techniques to peers.


Successful organizations will receive support grants to establish fact-checking desks or products. Additionally, they will benefit from hands-on technical training and support to develop economically viable models and set up editorial production systems for their CheckDesks.

The incubation programme

The incubation programme seeks to build a diversified ecosystem of local fact-checking champions to aid in the fight against misinformation and disinformation. The programme will consist of:

  1. Financial support: The chosen organization(s) will receive a modest grant to cover eligible activities and costs.
  2. Technical support: CfA will offer hands-on technical training, followed by one-on-one project mentorship, along with support from CfA’s staff technologists, data analysts, multimedia producers and editors. 
  3. Publishing support: The newsrooms will publish their fact-checking products generated under the project on their respective media platforms, and will additionally receive support to publish internationally. 
  4. Organization building: The selected organization(s) will receive online consultations with CfA to assist them in better understanding their audience, refining their fact-checking offering and developing potential revenue models.
  5. Growing reach: CfA will offer amplification/growth support, including scaling/syndication support.

For More Information nd to apply for the Code for Africa (CfA) Fact Checking Fellowship. Visit the CODE FOR AFRICA (CFA) FACT CHECKING FELLOWSHIP 2024 FOR SOMALIA-BASED MEDIA ORGANIZATIONS’ official website.

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