Code for Africa Deforestation Journalism Fellowship Program 2020-2021

Code for Africa Deforestation Journalism Fellowship Program 2020-2021

Deadline: November 23, 2020

Applications for the Code for Africa Deforestation Journalism Fellowship Program 2020-2021 are open. Code for Africa is offering African journalists a free, intensive eleven-week online course to teach you critical data collection, wrangling and presentation skills for producing compelling multimedia storytelling about deforestation in the Congo Basin.

Climate change and urban sprawl is leading to deforestation across the continent and is fast becoming a major conservation concern. The Congo Basin is one of the many places that has seen a rapid increase in deforestation. Accurate reporting to bring these issues to the fore is vital and they are inviting journalists to learn more about data-driven journalism on this.


  • Access to up to 11 data journalism workshops (seven English and four French Sessions) on skills development ranging from finding deforestation data, working with spreadsheets, scraping and visualising data to mapping and satellite analysis.
  • The opportunity to apply for a grant to work on deforestation stories using Global Forest Watch data, with exclusive support from Code for Africa’s data analysts and designers.
  • The opportunity to be mentored by experts in data journalism including access to technical support from a team of data scientists, forensic researchers, news technologists and social video/infographic designers.
  • Support for syndicating your work into international media, in Africa, as well as elsewhere in the world, to help amplify the reach and impact of your journalism.
  • The opportunity to network and build collaboration with other African journalists interested in deforestation journalism.


  • You should have demonstrable analytical research and/or media and journalism experience in any of the following areas: deforestation, the Nile Basin, Congo Basin, water, forestry and plant life or any similar field.
  • You should be an established African journalist or digital storyteller (such as a blogger or social media influencer) with a minimum one-year track record.
  • You should be fluent in English and/or French (for applicants from Rwanda and Cameroon)
  • You must be an African journalist based in any of these four countries: Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Uganda.


Applications must be submitted by November 23, 2020. Late applications will not be considered.

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For more information, visit Code for Africa.