The BudgIT Media fellowship program started the year 2017, where it featured journalists who were focused on writing human-angle stories that raised advocacy on topics like budget access, project tracking, use of extractive revenues, social justice, anti-corruption, open governments, and transparency.
BudgIT’s platform helped to give voice to the stories and backed stories up with real time data. They are focused on telling stories that will give results to advocacy issues to make the society a better place and create a more egalitarian society that works for all.
This year, the Civic Hive Media fellowship program will be more focused on stories on Gender Inequality, Health, People with special needs, Agriculture, Education, Social Investment programs, civic issues, and the extractive industry. They are looking for stories that will advance and bring attention to transparency, accountability, and civic engagement in these thematic sectors. They do not mind the scale of the stories – local or international – and they are open to the diverse use of technology – radio, text, print, IoT, machine learning, artificial intelligence or social media – as a channel to disseminate the stories. They are more focused on the impact on the people, the sustainability of ideas to deliver value and the unrelenting spirit of the journalists.
BudgIT Civic Hive Media Fellowship Program Eligibility.
- Applicants are ideally full-time writers, print or broadcast journalists, filmmakers, bloggers, or other media makers, with well-established records of publication, dissemination or broadcast in local, regional or national markets, or among targeted audiences or constituencies.
BudgIT Civic Hive Media Fellowship Program Benefits.
- A monthly stipend of N150,000 meant to cover feeding and logistics will be provided.
- They will also hold rounds of engagements with stakeholders on the ideas to receive feedback and potential support. Other sessions on Centring People in your stories, Storytelling for journalists, Making sense of the data, Data Visualisation Tools, Multimedia storytelling will be handled by the civic hive team.
Method of Application
Due to the number of expected applications, they will conduct reviews and interviews in April. Interviews will be done by their selected team of judges which include experienced civil society leaders, Journalists, Industry thought leaders and pioneer media fellows.