Are you in your final year or a recent graduate of journalism, mass communications or media studies? Are you passionate about challenges in your community and interested in raising awareness to the public and policy makers in order to influence change?Are you interested in being nurtured by leading media practitioners in the practical elements of journalism through exposure to a state of the art media lab? Would you like to be able to tell compelling stories that bring impact?

If your answer to the above questions is yes, Tanzania Media Foundation (TMF) would like to invite you to apply for the TMF/EJC Young Journalism Fellowship. The fellowship aims at supporting and nurturing young journalists coming from universities/ colleges and are interested in reporting community challenges that could lead to accountability.

The YJF Programme will equip them with practical skills to report compelling stories on Investigative Journalism (IJ), Public Interest Journalism (PIJ), Data Journalism, Cyber-security, business/ entrepreneurial and Digital media. Moreover, the programme will facilitate young journalists with skills and networks to use new/modern technologies in covering stories that would bring impact and attract accountability in the society.

TMF has partnered with the European Journalism Centre (EJC) an organisation based in the Netherlands to implement this fellowship. It is open to young vibrant journalists who are either currently in their final year or graduated from an accredited university or college in or after 2017.

Specific selection criteria include

- Demonstrated interest in community challenges and other issues of public concern that could trigger accountability from duty
- Demonstrable analytical, critical and comprehension skills.
- Interest in data journalism and digital media is an added advantage.
- Readiness to spend a period of up to six weeks on assignment away from home during the programme.
- Knowledge of English and Swahili.
- Professional commitment to practicing journalism and promoting media development as well as adherence to the highest levels
of integrity and ethics.

Fellows' obligations

- Secure permission from their principals/editors/office to participate in the fellowship.
- Effective participation in the orientation programme.
- Participate in all field work and field trips.
- Participate in all master classes.
- Participate in peer review sessions between fellows and mentors.
- Produce a minimum of four (4) in-depth, well-researched, investigative, analytical and well packaged solution based stories.
- Weekly blogging to share personal reflections and field work experience.
- Attend all planned events as stipulated in the fellowship programme or as instructed by the fellowship coordinator.

 Deadline of application: 31 August 2018

Click here to apply

Despite recently reported drops in press freedom in the country, the commitment by the president of Tanzania to fight corruption has created new opportunities for investigative journalism in Tanzania. The remark was made on 24 July at Ohio State University, by 2017 Study of the US Institute (SUSI) scholar and Tanzania Media Foundation Executive Director, Ernest Sungura, while presenting a paper on media systems and journalism practice in Tanzania. The presentation was made to scholars from 16 different countries and members of Ohio University International School of Journalism.

Mr. Sungura was responding to a question on the state of investigative reporting in the country given its drop from 71st to 83rd position in the 2017 World Press Freedom Index (WPFI). His presentation went on to refer to a speech by Professor Patrick Lumumba from Kenya as well as international media coverage that applauded the president of Tanzania, John Pombe Magufuli, as an exemplary African leader who does what he commits himself to do.

“Such coverage and views by people outside the country support the view that Tanzania has been blessed with a leader committed to take action on any wrong doing, including that which is revealed by the investigative journalists. Therefore, in my opinion, this is a great opportunity for investigative reporting to continue taking place despite the country’s drop in press freedom,” said the TMF Executive Director.

He also cited the example of Jamhuri, a privately-owned weekly newspaper which President Magufuli applauded for investigative reporting that prompted him to take action on corruption at the ports in Dar es Salaam. Such willingness to act immediately on what has been revealed in the press shows that media interested in accountability has an opportunity to address even more issues of public concern through evidence based reporting.

SUSI is a competitive exchange programme which attracts scholars from different countries across the world and enables them to pursue research projects and develop curriculum related to media and journalism. Mr. Sungura is one of 16 scholars on the 2017 SUSI programme. The first scholar from Tanzania since the programme hosted at Ohio University began more than eight years ago, Mr. Sungura’s work while there will focus on media business, sustainability and transformation. The 16 2017 scholars were selected from 100 applicants from all over the world. For more information on SUSI, visit

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After a competitive grants selection process, through which the organization received 71 applications for its institutional grants, Tanzania Media Fund (TMF) has contracted its final batch of institutional grantees until after June 2015. Sixteen (16) media houses qualified for financial and capacity building support from TMF for the period from September 2014 to March 2015.

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Tanzania Media Fund (TMF) began a Transformation Academy for seven of its institutional grantees on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at Kunduchi Hotel in Dar es Salaam. The grantees attending the academy are Jamhuri Media Ltd (Dar es Salaam), Daraja Development (Njombe), Kahama FM Stereo Radio (Kahama), Pesa time – (Dar es Salaam), Standard Radio Voices Ltd (Singida), Kigoma Press Club (Kigoma) and CG FM Radio (Tabora).

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