Thomson Reuters Foundation’s Investigative Sports Reporting Programme 2018 for Journalists in Africa (Funded)


DEADLINE: 11 June, 2018

Dates: 20 August 24 August | Location: Lagos, Nigeria Programme: Sport and Society

With revelations about FIFA, the IAAF and other sporting bodies‎ hitting the headlines regularly, the world is now turning a critical eye to how sport is governed.

But the governance of sport is not just about the huge, global bodies that have been the focus of so much attention. Within every country and at every level, sport must be governed. Sometimes it is run as a business, at other times it is state funded – but it should always have effective oversight. Strong, insightful media coverage is a vital part of this.

The Thomson Reuters Foundation’s programme for journalists in Africa who want to report on how sport is run in their own country or wider region.

Participating journalists will work on a specific story idea and develop this during an intensive workshop in Lagos. The workshop will also cover investigative techniques, storytelling approaches, and more. They will then receive editorial guidance and mentoring support to help them make their story solid and engaging.

Participating journalists will also be eligible to apply for modest funding to help cover the costs of reporting their story.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Journalists with a proven interest in how sport is run. You do not need to be a sports correspondent – we are also interested to hear from business reporters and investigative journalists for example.
  • Journalists must be based in an African country and working for a domestic media outlet.
  •  Journalists working in any medium may apply – print, radio, TV, online


  • Thomson Reuters Foundation’s will cover all transport and subsistence costs of journalists participating in this programme.


You can apply using the application form below. You will be asked to upload

  • 2 work samples (maximum file size 5 MB)
  • A letter from your editor consenting to your participation in the programme and committing to publish/broadcast resulting stories
  • You will also be asked to provide a story idea. This might be an investigation, a feature, or a series of stories. While we welcome ideas for investigations, your idea does not need to be investigative, provided it is giving fresh insight on the topic chosen.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Thomson Reuters Foundation’s programme 2018