Wednesday, September 04, 2013

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Empowering the Media to Play Active Watchdog Role over Mining Oil and Gas Revenue and Resources in Liberia Project

The International Institute of ICT Journalism ( ) in partnership with the National Black Programming Consortium ( with funding from Humanity United ( is extending its successful African mining, oil and gas learning opportunity to journalists in Liberia. The main objective is to enhance the capacity of the media to effectively report on the extractive sector.

"Empowering the Media to Play Active Watchdog Role over Mining Oil and Gas Revenue and Resources in Liberia Project", is a six month training programme starting from 30th September with a 7 day workshop, mentoring, field trips and interaction with civil society leaders.

Extractive resources are public assets and decisions about their use should be subject to public  oversight. The media is perhaps the single most important arm of society that can help protect these public assets on the citizens' behalf. However a look at the media in Liberia today, shows there is either very little capacity or appetite to cover the extractive sector.

The purpose of this training programme is to equip Liberian journalists with the necessary skills and knowledge to better inform the citizens on issues of Oil, Gas and Mining with the ultimate aim of holding public officials accountable thereby playing an active watchdog role over Liberia's extractive sector revenues and resources.

There are only 7 places available for Liberian journalists.  As a competitive process, places will be offered to reporters who make the strongest applications. Prospective applicants are required to provide the following:

1. Fill application form at  

2.  Provide examples of any stories (text, audio and Video) related to the extractive industries you have written or broadcast (clearly showing your by-line where applicable and date of publication)

4.  A short biography - no more than 200 words

3. A brief statement explaining how deepening your understanding of oil, gas and mining reporting will contribute to your professional development and that of your media house (200 words maximum)

4. Write a pitch for a story on extractives you would like to pursue – who would you interview and why, what would be the angle and focus of the story and how this relates to your audience

5. Contact information of your editor – telephone, email, postal and physical address

All applications for this program must be submitted before or on 15th September, 2013

For more information write to

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