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The Roles and Responsibilities of Media in a Democracy Program is a program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. Government and administered by ICFJ. This program is a training program for media professionals (journalists, technologists, and media entrepreneurs) from Ethiopia to harness the power of digital tools and create viable content that provide news and information that contributes to a culture of peace and democracy. We welcome applications from those working in secular and religious media, fact-checking and countering mis/dis-information, public and private media, journalism associations, as well as newer graduates, interested PR, communications, or information officers, or those who are not currently in media but are interested in breaking into journalism. We encourage women and those from historically marginalized communities to apply.

Through the program, media professionals from around Ethiopia have the opportunity to train with industry professionals, develop new strategies, and improve their skills in areas such as investigative journalism and mobile journalism, as well as non-technical areas of knowledge such as how to build a sustainable business model and promote a culture of ethics and integrity. 

Program participants will have the chance to be among 50 people selected for an in-person training event in Addis Ababa. Among those 50, a further 25 will be selected to receive reporting grants. 

For more information about the program, visit our website.

Application is open until May 23rd, 2022 for trainings beginning in June 2022.

Applicant information will be kept confidential. For questions, please email Samiullah Mahdi at smahdi@icfj.org or Noah Black at nblack@icfj.org.

We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.