As part of the Tanzania Media Fund (TMF) initiative to strengthen the media in order to promote transparency and accountability, it has facilitated a 10 day learning attachment in Ghana for representatives from five local media houses. A group of nine owners, media managers, programme managers and marketers traveled to Ghana on 1 December, 2014 and began the attachment at various media houses in Accra and Kumasi on 2 December.

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30 journalists from all over Tanzania expected to participate in pre-story session in Morogoro; emphasis on strengthening capacity through mentoring.

14 June 2016, Morogoro – Tanzania Media Foundation (TMF) has identified 30 journalists out of 146 applicants to join its three month long rural dispatch grant programme. The journalists were selected following an assessment by TMF of story ideas submitted in response to a call put out in April 2016. Story ideas were assessed for significance and uniqueness, quality of preliminary research exhibited and journalistic methodology proposed. Assessment also considered potential impact and specifically looked for relevance to rural and marginalised communities.

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The Tanzania Media Fund (TMF) project expects to recognise and award 12 of its past grantees – five media institutions and seven individual journalists – for work that has had a demonstrable accountability impact. The awards, which are only open to practising journalists and media houses, will be announced at an event in September 2015, during the official launch of the Tanzania Media Foundation, a new organisation which will continue the work that the project did between 2008 and May 2015, when it officially came to an end

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Tanzania Media Foundation is pleased to announce that it will now be receiving applications for the Rural Dispatch and Content grant.

The Rural Dispatch grant, whose recipients may come from rural or urban areas, aims to increase to increase quality, quantity and diversity of rural voices and issues of ordinary people in the media. It was successfully offered to more than 500 journalists under the Tanzania Media Fund project, whose work is now being conducted by the new TMF.

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Before transitioning into the Tanzania Media Foundation in October 2015, the Tanzania Media Fund project successfully operated in two phases. During phase one (2008-2012), the Fund gave out one type of institutional grant, focused on the production of quality media content by media houses. After realising that most of the gains made during the implementation of resulting media projects were lost soon after funding stopped, the Fund developed the transformation grant, which aimed to promote sustainable change in the media by strengthening media houses.

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