The WanaData fellowship has been launched by Code4Africa that offers journalists funding for research upon the underrepresented gender in the mainstream media. GMMP (The Global Media Monitoring Project) is known as the biggest study project on gender in the news media. This study project is also supposed to be an advocacy organization that focuses to modify the representation of women in the news media.
The sixth GMMP 2020 report in the mainstream media prominently mentions the non-appearance of women as news reporters and also the underrepresentation of gender. World Association for Christian Communication (WACC) being the partner of Code4Africa, releases funds for journalists to probe into the findings of the report of GMMP. ‘Code4Africa’ and WACC’s ‘Who Makes the News’ are in collaboration to offer funds for 5 African countries.
The GMMP WanaData Fellowship is inspired by the sixth ‘GMMP 2020 report’ that was announced in July 2021 at the African Investigative Journalism Conference 2021 and the major concern had been to engage the women of South Africa, Tanzania, Nigeria, Uganda, and Kenya for the research and the utilization of the data.
The fellows of the research will manage to use the data collected from these countries to examine the potential of women’s representation in the news media. They will explore the features i.e. barriers, challenges, and opportunities for women representation. The stories by the fellows eventually will make it possible to address the issue by taking into account the possible action points.
Details of the Fellowship
GMMP WanaData Fellowship will release a grant of $1,000 for each of the 6 selected fellows. Along with the grant, they will be assisted by technical support from software engineers, data analysts, multimedia producers, veteran journalists, and digital designers. The Fellows will be able to publish their project in the home media. They will also get support if they would want to publish internationally.
- The candidate must be a journalist with one year of experience in the media and a portfolio of published work.
- The candidate must belong to Tanzania, Uganda, South Africa, Nigeria, and Kenya.
- English must be good and fluent.
- You must have an affiliation with a media partner.
Closing Date; the last date for the submission of applications for fellowship is November 12, 2021.
WanaData was founded in 2017 and is an initiatory step of Code4Africa. This is a network that runs throughout the African continent in the major nine cities. More or less 90 women are using data science, journalism, and technology for social good. Women working in the WanaData network are struggling to change the digital landscape. They are using digital technologies in stories and producing data-driven projects.
The first and foremost aim of WanaData is to strengthen African women’s network by making them experts in journalism, data science, and technology. Also connecting this network of women with other experts and think tanks within and beyond the continent is a major purpose of WanaData. It not only makes the women’s voices prominent but also boosts their careers.