Wits Justice Project (WJP) Criminal Justice Reporting Grants 2020 (up to R25,000)

Wits Justice Project (WJP) Criminal Justice Reporting Grants 2020 (up to R25,000)

Deadline: Unspecified

Applications are open for the Wits Justice Project (WJP) Criminal Justice Reporting Grants 2020. The Wits Justice Project (WJP) invites journalists to submit proposals for reporting grants for in-depth investigations focused on criminal justice and related issues.

The WJP is a project of the Journalism Department of the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. They investigate miscarriages of justice related to the criminal justice system, such as wrongful convictions, torture and prison conditions.

Focus Areas

The following are potential focus areas to guide applicants:

  • Wrongful convictions and exonerations
  • Overcrowding in detention facilities
  • Criminal justice legislation (e.g. sentencing and bail laws)
  • Torture and abuse of inmates

These are suggested areas of focus but journalists can also pursue others, as long as the focus is within the broad criminal justice framework and focus on interesting and challenging public interest themes. All applications will be handled with strict confidentiality and will be reviewed by a panel selected by the Wits Journalism.


  • Grants of up to R25,000 will be awarded to selected journalists.


  • The Reporting grant is open to journalists;
  • Journalists are encouraged to submit quality, original proposals to highlight cases that point to broader systemic issues within the criminal justice system.


The following application materials are required:

  • Applicant CV including list of previous reporting
  • Proposal for the story to be investigated, a brief report of WHAT will be investigated and HOW, including a methodology for how and where the investigation will be undertaken
  • An indication of where the investigation will be published (where possible a letter of interest from a publisher)
  • A detailed budget of no more than R25 000.

Address an email with the heading APPLICATION: CRIMINAL JUSTICE REPORTING GRANT and containing the above items (in attachments in MS Word or PDF formats) to [email protected]

For more information, visit Wits Justice Project.