Monday, August 19, 2013

Opportunity : Engagement Fellow Knight International Journalism Fellowships (Nigeria)

Engagement Fellow
Knight International Journalism Fellowships

The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) seeks a Knight International Journalism Fellow to be based in Nigeria for 10 months to help amplify the impact of our partners' innovative health journalism.

We are looking for a media professional, with deep roots in newsrooms, who has managed complex digital innovation projects and teams, and who has a demonstrable track-record for creating ways for audiences to engage with the news.

The Fellow will work with other ICFJ Fellows both in Nigeria and elsewhere in Africa,  as well as local and international technologists, to ensure that our journalist partners produce health stories that engage audiences. We define audience engagement as measurable instances where citizens:
  • Consume and interact with news
  • Contribute to and co-create news
  • Amplify the news by sharing it online and offline
  • Act on news, by responding to issues or events
  • Explore issues or data reported in news, by accessing additional information or resources
A major emphasis of our program is to create health news that empowers audiences.

Qualifications and Skills:

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate:
  • Experience working in newsrooms
  • Experience creating digital and/or mobile news media
  • Experience managing digital production teams, while working to tight deadlines
  • Experience integrating social media into news media
  • Success in achieving measurable audience engagement
  • Success at replicating or repurposing technologies to answer local needs
  • Strong leadership qualities
  • Strong project and time management skills
  • Experience in Nigeria or elsewhere in Africa is strongly preferred
  • Training or coaching experience is a plus
The fellowship is open to any nationality.  The Fellowship duration is 10 months, starting October 1st 2013.

The Knight International Journalism Fellowships are designed to instill a culture of news innovation and experimentation worldwide. The goal is to seed new ideas and services that deepen coverage, expand news delivery and engage citizens in the editorial process.

The program is funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The Fellows build on past successes in the Knight program, which has a strong record of achieving impact. They work in countries where there is a good opportunity to create the news media of the future. With additional support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Knight Fellows are empowering journalists in sub-Saharan Africa to use the latest digital tools to tell compelling stories on health and development issues.

Applications should be sent to: 
International Institute for ICT Journalism

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