Wits Journalism North Africa-China Training Workshop 2019 in Tunis, Tunisia

Wits Journalism North Africa-China Training Workshop 2019 in Tunis, Tunisia

Deadline: September 11, 2019

Applications are open for the Wits Journalism North Africa-China Training Workshop 2019. The Africa-China Reporting Project at Wits Journalism and Inkyfada based in Tunis invite all journalists from Tunisia, Morocco and Algeria to submit proposals to attend a training workshop in Tunis during the week of October 7, 2019.

The workshop will focus on practical investigative techniques and skills, as well as explore China’s role in Africa and specific North African countries. The workshop will feature expert trainers assembled by the Africa-China Reporting Project and Inkyfada, and will include training sessions on North African countries’ relations with China, current trends and misunderstandings; multimedia journalism, online tools and resources; data journalism and data visualization, visual storytelling and audience engagement; and cyber security, among other topics.

The workshop will also include engagement with and supervision of specific China-North Africa investigations to be undertaken by the participating journalists after the workshop for which they will receive reporting grants.

Potential Investigation Topics

  • Chinese projects, investments and workers in North Africa and the impact on local communities
  • China’s efforts to advance industrialization and development in North Africa
  • Chinese training programs and skills transfers / job creation in North Africa
  • Investigations on whether China’s investments in North Africa are implemented consistently with its commitments expressed in China Arab States Cooperation Forum (CASCF) documents
  • The Belt & Road Initiative (BRI) in North Africa and how the region is set to benefit and participate in future
  • Any evidence of corruption or unlawful activities by Chinese companies in North Africa and how these can be investigated
  • Cultural and people-to-people perceptions and changes
  • North African students trained in China and application of their skills back in North Africa
  • Wildlife poaching and trafficking in North Africa and how if at all Chinese interests are involved


  • Open to journalists from Tunisia, Morocco and Algeria


Applications must be sent to [email protected] by September 11 2019, and should contain the following (only documents in PDF format will be accepted):

  • Applicant CV
  • Brief proposal outlining (a) story to be investigated with clear headline; story relevance, significance and expected outcomes, (b) proposed publication / platform, and (c) itemised budget for reporting investigation totaling no more than US $ 1,500
  • List of previously published reporting

For more information, visit North Africa-China Training.