Africa Feeds founder, Isaac Kaledzi has been selected as one of the 15 talented media professionals from Africa and the Middle East for the first Constructive Journalism Fellowship of Deutsche Welle Akademie.
The 2021 DW Akademie Consructive Journalism Fellowship is to enable media professionals to learn more about constructive storytelling and connect with like-minded professionals.
The fellowship is designed for video journalists, photographers and documentary filmmakers from the Middle East region and Africa.
Fellows will take part in an extensive, several-month online training program and will be supported in producing a constructive TV report, documentary or photo series that deals with the COVID-19 pandemic.
The project is financed by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) as part of the global initiative ‘Transparency and Media Freedom – Crisis Resilience in the Pandemic’.
DW said “the group of fellows is diverse. The 15 women and men come from ten different countries, have different faiths, and work in a variety of journalistic fields. But they all share one big passion: telling stories constructively.
Some have experienced first-hand how media can exacerbate social tensions or conflicts, while others are simply tired of the mantra ‘if it bleeds it leads’.”
It added that that particularly since the COVID-19 pandemic the fellows “have seen the need for more nuanced, contextualized, and solutions-oriented reporting.
During the fellowship they’ll be supporting each other’s work and will start creating a network of constructive thinkers in Africa and the Middle East.”
Isaac Kaledzi also currently works for DW as a freelance multi-media journalist and other international media outlets.
DW said he “has produced numerous stories using constructive journalism approach. He believes that journalism is not only about exposing the ills of society but also requires the projection of how those challenges and problems can be solved.”
“My biggest goal in journalism is to see the stories I tell impacting lives,” Isaac Kaledzi said after he was selected for the fellowship.
The training modules will take place between September and December 2021.