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The past two years have shown that global crises, such as climate change and the pandemic, have directly affected our local daily lives. Negative media coverage has also had serious repercussions around the world, causing many people to turn away from the media. DW Akademie supports journalists from Sub-Saharan Africans countries who engage in reporting on local crises and challenges, but also pointing to possible solutions and portraying people who are exploring ways forward. Constructive journalism is a nuanced and critical approach reports that identify where change is possible and provide potential answers to the biggest questions of our time.

The first Constructive Journalism Fellowship took place in 2021 and we are now offering a new set of TV and video journalists the opportunity to participate in the programme. It brings together media professionals who want to learn more about constructive storytelling and connect with like-minded colleagues. JThe five-month fellowship has a hybrid training format with a week-long on-site session in Germany or the Sub-Saharan African continent taking place at the end of the program in March 2023. We reserve the right to conduct the event onsite as an online session if current COVID-19 regulations restrict travel.


The application deadline is Sunday, July 31 at 12:00 p.m. CET (Central European Time).

The Constructive Journalism Fellowship includes the following:

1. DW Akademie has developed a program that gives you a Deep understanding of constructive journalism.

Our trainers and mentors will give you concrete examples of constructive storytelling and visual language, how to approach contentious issues, and how to sell and distribute a constructive story. The scholarship includes monthly online trainings starting in November 2022 that last 2-3 days each, followed by a week-long on-site session in Germany or Sub-Saharan Africa in March 2023. Travell and hotel: DW The Akademie will cover your travel and hotel costs as well as your visa costs.

2. Financial support and mentoring produce a constructive visual project

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Selected Fellows will receive up to €3,000 for their video production, that is to say a video for social mediaA television report or a short documentary. The aim is for you to apply your newly acquired constructive journalism skills to cover current challenges and crises in a comprehensive storytelling format.

3. Individual coaching

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The hybrid program has also offers individual training and career coaching. Fellows are each assigned a highly qualified professional to help them with their project. Your mentor will meet with you in approximately 6-8 regular one-on-one online sessions during the production period which begins in December 2022. Your project should be completed by the end of February 2023.

4. Networking Opportunities

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You will be be part of our network with constructive visual practitioners, journalists, media professionals and filmmakers from different parts of the globe. Connecting you with a growing community of constructive journalists allows us to create an ongoing exchange of resources, knowledge and best practices.

5. DW Akademie will reward each participant a certificate after completing the scholarship.

Who can apply?

  • Professional experience: All candidates must have several years of experience in the production of visual content, and be able to handle their equipment and work relatively independently. Prior experience in constructive journalism is not required.

How to register?

  • Please apply via our application form.
    In addition to filling out the form, all applicants must upload a CV, a copy of their passport, three work samples, a reference letter and an outline of three possible constructive stories for their production project.. Please note that your stories should highlight local approaches or responses to larger global crises.

  • The application deadline is Sunday, July 31 at 12:00 p.m. CET (Central European Time)

  • Please note: Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed in a final round at the end of August. We will announce 15 scholarship recipients in mid-September.

What we expect from you

All selected fellows must:

  • also participate in online training organized between November 2022 and February 2023 as during on-site training in March 2023
  • organize their own visa for on-site training

  • pproduce a constructive video

  • during the video production phase, engage with the mentor and find posting options

  • write an internship report

Other questions?

If you have additional questions about the Constructive Journalism Fellowship, please see the FAQs for application requirements and more details. You can also contact us at [email protected] (contact persons: Ruth Krause or Kathrin Keller). If necessary, we can make an appointment to call you back by phone (via WhatsApp/Signal).

We look forward to receiving your application!

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The project is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).