WikkiTimes, a Bauchi-based online medium with a niche in investigative and data-driven journalism, has opened applications for its maiden Umaru Pate Accountability Reporting Fellowship (UPARF) programme.
The fellowship targets fresh Mass Communication/Journalism-related graduates and early career journalists from North East and North West, Nigeria with a special interest in investigative reporting, data journalism and fact-checking.
The UPARF is a 3-month paid internship programme designed to build the capacity of young reporters in accountability journalism through investigative, data-driven and fact-checking reporting that holds powers to account particularly at subnational levels.
Three successful applicants will be selected for the fellowship and will undergo rigorous training and mentorship by experienced journalists to produce quality investigative and data-driven stories for three months.
Ideal applicants must have completed their mandatory one-year National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) or obtain a certificate of exemption. In addition, applicants must have mastery of the English language and must not be above 35 years old.
Another prerequisite includes two samples (at least) of journalistic works. While female journalists are encouraged to apply, the application will close by January 20, 2023.
Fellows will receive first-hand training in accountability reporting (investigative, data-driven and fact-checking), mentorship by experienced journalists, three months’ stipends and transport allowance during the fellowship as well as building and expanding networks with successful investigative journalists.