COVID-19 Crisis Reporting Hub – sub-Saharan Africa

Deadline: April 16, 2020.

Thomson Reuters Foundation’s COVID-19 Crisis Reporting Hub creates a space for journalists across several countries to gather virtually for training, knowledge sharing, expert sessions and network building, ensuring that they and their newsrooms remain on top of the story of the year.

Conducted remotely over 12 weeks for journalists sub-Saharan Africa, the hub will feature the latest platforms and interactive online tools to connect participants in engaging real-time video seminars with world-class trainers and experts. Journalists will acquire relevant knowledge, trade tips and insights about their different contexts, master new digital skills, and access influential policymakers and officials for exclusive information and story ideas to help them cover the impact of Covid-19 in their respective countries at a deeper, better-informed level.

The programme will include: 

Online seminars analysing the pandemic through different lens and impacts on sectors;

Virtual classes on journalism tools and skills including, verification tools for fact-checking, data visualization, mobile journalism and digital newsgathering;

Briefings with top policymakers, healthcare officials, civil society groups;

Curated newsletter with the latest analysis, research findings and developments

Exclusive membership to group forum for sustained exchange of learnings, feedback and support


  • Applicants must be African nationals based in sub-Saharan Africa and working as full-time journalists or regular contributors for English-language media organisations.
  • They must have a minimum of three years professional experience and have a good level of spoken and written English.
  • Applicants must have access to a minimum internet speed of 1 MB/second. (You can check the speed of your device by logging from it on


Thomson Reuters Foundation will fund participation for journalists.

Application must include:

• 2 relevant work samples (maximum file size 5 MB) – in English. TV/Radio journalists can send in their scripts and a brief summary.

• A biography of up to 250 words outlining your career

• A statement of between 250 and 500 words describing any factors affecting your work as a journalist and how you hope to benefit from this training programme which you are applying for.


If you have any difficulties applying, please email

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