The Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa (AESA), an initiative of the African Academy of Sciences (AAS) and the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Agency, has launched an exciting programme for freelance science journalists.
The programme intends to reinforce and build science journalism in Africa.
The project will initially focus on Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal and South Africa, with journalists from these countries being funded to produce TV documentaries, short web videos, explainers, short or long-form investigative reports and data stories aimed at local or global news markets. The selected or the qualifying journalists will be paired with senior science journalists internationally as well as continentally who will provide the mentorship needed to improve the quality of science reporting.
Journalists and newsrooms are invited to submit pitches. The pitches will be considered monthly through mid-2019 based on submission by the 5th of each month.
Pitches must be no longer than 1-page and be accompanied by the following documentation:
• A pitch focusing on one or more of the six strategic areas of the African Academy of Sciences: health and wellbeing, climate change (and its relation to either health or food security), food security and nutritional wellbeing, water and sanitation, sustainable energy and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).
• A list of target interviewees.
• Examples of the journalist’s previous work, which must include at least three science stories (upon first-time submission).
• A proposed budget, which must not exceed US$700 per story.
• A letter of support from the Editor and proof of acceptance of a pitch where applicable for freelance journalists
• Biographical information or CV (upon first-time submission).