MONROVIA-The Center for Media Studies and Peace-building (CEMESP) with funding from Internews under its USAID Media Activity has kick-started its investigative journalism fellowship.
The fellowship will provide 30 mini-grants to twenty (20) local journalists to uncover groundbreaking investigative stories on diverse sectors.
Speaking at the start of the training in Congo Town, Malcolm Joseph, CEMSEP’s Executive Director says the three days’ investing gear toward building capacity to cover groundbreaking stories in 2023.
Joseph says this is the first of three investigative designed to be implemented by Internews noting “the Training will focus on understanding investigative reporting.”
At the close of the workshop, Joseph reveals that his institution along with Internews will formally launch the investigative journalism program which offers support to report on public finance and corruption to encourage transparency and accountability in public service at the same time disclosed that one fellow will support and sponsor one of the fellows for the African investigative journalism fellowship in South Africa.
Representing Internews Chief of Party, Torwon S. Brown, Senior Journalism Trainer says Internews has been part of the process and is glad to see it kick off it is the right of the public to know what is happening to the funds NGOs, governments, and institutions are receiving and they depend on journalists to inform them.
“We expect to see ground-breaking stories which is why this is fully sponsored to enable you to unearth what is hidden,” she challenged the fellows.
She cautioned fellows to see their selection as a worthwhile process saying “You provided what we were looking for, now is the time for you to demonstrate what you presented. She continues, “this is a fellowship you are in it for a long hall put your all into it.’
Brown noted that “We are going to an election if you cannot provide that information that else; we are depending on you greatly.”