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Journalism Trainer, Africa

Department: Global Press Institute

Status: Contract

Location: Remote OR Washington D.C.

Compensation:  Per training

Deadline to receive applications: January 31, 2020

Start date: February 2020

Global Press Institute is looking for an experienced journalism trainer to lead beginning, intermediate and advanced-level journalism trainings for Global Press reporters across the continent.

First, a few questions:

Are you ready to reimagine journalism in the world’s least-covered markets?

Are you ready to be part of a world-class training team that trains journalists to prioritize dignity and precision in every story?

Then apply to be the Global Press Institute Journalism Trainer for Africa.

We are looking for a strategic, organized, proactive journalism educator to train phenomenal female journalists across the African continent.

The Team:

You will report to the Chief Operating Officer and collaborate with the Program Manager for Global Expansion to lead trainings and operations for Global Press reporters and trainees in select African countries.

How it works:

At Global Press Institute, new reporters trainings are organized into 16-week sections. The Trainer will lead a local team of female reporter-trainees through Global Press Institute’s award-winning curriculum, The Principles & The Practice.

In addition, the trainer will be asked to host virtual and in-person intermediate and advanced day-long trainings for current Global Press Journal reporters.

The successful candidate will receive a six or 12-month contract to host a variety of trainings, some of which will include extensive travel (4-6 weeks) at a time.

2020 training countries include: Sierra Leone, Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Non-negotiables:

You are an education professional who also has experience working in journalism. You are a values-based thinker and leader who is excited to bring new journalists into the Global Press Style, which puts the reporter’s community at the center of every story. You should be a capable people manager and an inspiring teacher. It’s important that you are comfortable working across cultures.

The Global Press process redefines the expert and challenges legacy media’s definitions of news value, so you must be open-minded and ready to help new journalists think differently about the media landscape. We operate a one-of-a-kind editorial structure designed to support the unique aspects of Global Press journalism, including the diversity of reporters (99 percent people of color and 100 percent women), languages, time zones and cultural context to continue to elevate the quantity and quality of our journalistic output.

In this role you will:

• Teach the Global Press Institute journalism training program over 16-weeks.

• Allocate curriculum review and preparation time prior to the start of each training.

• Collaborate with the Program Manager for Global Expansion on selection of reporter trainee candidates.

• Advise on local recruitment efforts for reporter trainees.

• Prepare all classroom materials, presentations, and examples in advance of news bureau launches and trainings, following the Global Press Institute curriculum.

• Manage a classroom of various sizes (3-12 reporters on average).

• Be a local brand ambassador for Global Press across the continent.

• Take part in a one-week train-the- trainer workshop (To be held in February or July 2020) in order to prepare to teach the GPI curriculum.

• Support the Global Expansion team on local marketing and partnership opportunities.

• Conduct regular assessments of reporters and reporter trainees, and complete trainee report cards at the end of each training.

• Provide constant feedback and coaching to reporter trainees.

Apply for this role if you have:

• Are from or have lived on the continent for an extended period of time, have an in-depth knowledge and understanding of local regions, cultures and media markets.

• Have proven management and coaching experience.

• Possess strong oral and written communication skills in English. *Note that candidates with French, Swahili or other relevant local language skills will be prioritized.

• Have the ambition to help make every reporter exceptional.

• Have proven newsroom editing and reporter coaching experience.

• Possess the ability to work on multiple projects with multiple trainees at a time.

• Possess discipline, rigor and attention to detail in your work.

• Have a positive and solutions-oriented outlook.

The other important stuff:

This job is approved for remote work, but the successful candidate should plan to travel to D.C. from February 24-28 and travel to the necessary trainings in country as outlined above.

Global Press is an innovative and ethical media company that has been growing at a steady and sustainable pace for the last 14 years. We seek diverse team members who are equally committed to journalistic tradition and journalistic innovation.

To apply:

Write a brief cover letter in the body of an email introducing yourself, a little about why you want to join the Global Press Institute team and why this role resonates with you. Include the names of at least two references who can speak knowledgeably about the quality of your work. (Include their name, email address and detail about how they know you.) Include one published writing sample and one published article for which you served as editor. Attach your CV.

All emails should be sent to [email protected] with the Journalism Trainer, Africa in the subject line. We will acknowledge receipt, but only successful candidates will be contacted for an interview.

To learn more about Global Press, visit GlobalPress.co and read our 2019 Annual Report here.

Photo at the top by Evidence Chenjerai, GPJ Zimbabwe