Call for Application open until march 22: Africa Workshop 2021/2022

„Access – Connecting in times of pandemic“: Training and networking workshop for journalists from Africa April 2021 to February 2022.

2020 was not an easy year for many countries in Africa. From Tunisia to Togo, Niger, Nigeria, South Africa and in many other countries, people were fighting for democratization, protesting against police violence, corruption and aging politicians unwilling to leave power. Many of these protest movements have been considerably more successful in achieving their aims than in other regions of the world – and sometimes they have carved out a pathway toward potentially lasting institutional change.

It is crucial for African journalists to be able to critically accompany these developments. But within Africa, exchange and networking of media professionals is highly limited, just as possibilities to take part in international conferences. All this makes it hard to keep up with international debates.

Due to the protective measures of the Corona pandemic, civil societies international exchange in and with Africa is largely interrupted. At the same time, urgent questions in the European-African relationship prevail: How to tackle Covid-19 in the global South? How to combat the climate crisis? How to facilitate cross-continental migration?

African journalists report on similar issues that concern their work. These include, above all, the fight against fake news and disinformation, attacks on press freedom, digitalization of the media, the fight against corruption and for democratic reforms.

Therefore, taz Panter foundation is offering a free of charge training and networking workshop for journalists from 16 African countries from April 2021 to February 2022.

The workshop shall improve networking among African journalists as well as with European colleagues and representatives of civil society. It shall strengthen the skills of the participants as well as their insights in globally relevant debates.

The workshop is divided into two parts:

1.) A 10-session webinar-series with experts from civil society and trainers on a key topic every three weeks from April to December 2021.  

The  topics will be:

- Covid-19 and the global south         

- Climate change              

- Corruption              

- Fake news and desinformation          

- Hate speech and social media          

- Migration              

- Gender        

- Digital Security              

- Investigative journalism                  

All participants will be regularly compensated for their contribution of articles to be written as part of the webinars.

In the last third of the online workshop, the participants will develop a print-magazine to be published in German and English.

2.) A 7-day all-expensed-paid workshop in Berlin in February 2022. Participating journalists will have the the opportunity to meet personally and exchange ideas with German-based actors from the fields of NGOs, science, other media professionals as well as activists and government agencies.

Journalists from the following 16 African countries are invited to apply:

Algeria, Angola, Cameroon, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Mali, Morocco, Nigeria, Ruanda, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe.

One participant will be selected from each country.

Working language will be English. Fluent proficiency is mandatory.

Journalists from all fields – Print, TV, Radio, Online –, employed or freelance, can apply. Experience in journalism must be proven with appropriate references. The workshop is particularly aimed at journalists who have never or rarely had the chance to take part in an international training.

We particularly encourage women to apply. Half of the participants will be women.

The application is to be submitted not later than march 22, 2021

Please complete our questionnaire: Application form


- a short CV (maximum 500 characters)

- statement of motivation with e-mail-contact of 2 journalistic reference persons, who may be contacted by taz Panter Foundation (maximum 500 characters)

- 3 samples of your journalistic work (only as URL / Weblink!)

- your social media profile, if you have

- for applicants from non-English speaking countries, a proof of fluent English language skills is required.

What happens then?

At the end of March you will be informed if you can participate in the workshop. You will receive a confirmation of your participation.

We look forward to receiving your application!

The taz Panter foundation is committed to promoting independent journalism and is closely linked to “taz, die tageszeitung”, an independent daily German newspaper, owned by more than 20,000 members of the taz cooperative. For many years the taz Panter foundation has been organizing workshops for international journalists.

The Africa workshop is funded by the Federal Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany.

With best regards

taz Panter Foundation

of taz die tageszeitung daily newspaper

Friedrichstraße 21

10969 Berlin