Journalism Trainer, Sierra Leone

Department: Global Press Institute

Status: Contract, 20 weeks

Location: Sierra Leone, for contract term

Language Requirement: English and Krio

Compensation: $3,500 – $5,000 USD (DOE)

Deadline to receive applications: August 16, 2019

Start date: September 2019

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 include precision and dignity in every story?

Are you a self-starter who wants to reimagine the systems that create international journalism?

Then apply to be the Journalism Trainer for Global Press Institute in Sierra Leone.

We are looking for a strategic, organized, proactive journalism educator to train the next generation of journalists in Sierra Leone. This role will work with Global Press Institute and the Global Expansion team, and will train reporter-trainees to work at Global Press Journal where they will create world-class international journalism every day.

The Team

You will report to the Regional Program Manager for Africa and lead training and operations for a new class of Global Press reporter trainees in Sierra Leone.

You are an education professional who also has experience in a newsroom. You are a values-based thinker and leader who is excited to promote Global Press Style, which puts the reporter’s community at the center of every story, to new journalists. 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% people of color and 100% women), languages, time zones and cultural context to continue to elevate the quantity and quality of our journalistic output.

Interested? Continue scrolling to learn how a Global Press training works.

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

During the 16-week training period, you will be based in Sierra Leone and 100% dedicated to the development of your trainees. The training structure begins with a two-week classroom intensive, followed by one week of photojournalism exercises conducted by a photojournalist. An expert trainer will also join you for Global Press’ industry-leading Duty of Care training for one week, which is a physical, emotional, digital and legal security program.

Next, you will step into a story coach and editor role when trainees begin to pitch stories in line with Global Press’ unique definition of news value. Finally, you will work with trainees on news and narrative writing skills, verification and fact checking techniques as you prepare trainees to take the Global Press Baseline Skills Assessment in Week 16. Trainees who score at least a 6 on the assessment will be offered full or part-time employment contracts to work at Global Press Journal, the award-winning publication of Global Press.

You will:

Teach the Global Press Institute Journalism Training over 16 weeks

Collaborate with the Regional Program Manager for Africa and Program Associate on selection and interviewing of reporter trainee candidates

Advise on local recruitment efforts of reporter trainees

Prepare all classroom materials, presentations and examples in advance of the new reporter training, following the Global Press Institute curriculum

Manage a classroom of seven reporter trainees (minimum)

Identify, investigate and connect with potential local syndication partners for Global Press

Be the local brand ambassador for Global Press in Sierra Leone

Take part in a one-week Train the Trainer workshop in order to prepare to teach the GPI curriculum

Serve as an exceptional, detail-oriented editor for every trainee on three separate story drafts

Support the Regional Program Manager on local marketing of trainee application forms

Conduct regular assessments of the reporter trainees and complete trainee report cards at the end of the 16 weeks

Provide constant feedback and coaching to reporter trainees

Provide some local operational and logistics support to the Regional Program Manager before and after the reporter training

You have:

Lived in Sierra Leone and have an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the country, its culture and present-day realities

A high degree of management and coaching experience

Oral and written fluency in English and high degree of comfort conversing in Krio

The ambition to make every reporter exceptional

Proven newsroom editing and reporter coaching experience

The ability to collaborate with team members across the world with empathy and a shared commitment to excellence

Ideas and energy to ensure trainees are engaged, challenged and safe

The ability to work on multiple projects with multiple trainees at a time

Respect for Global Press trainees, reporters, editors, ethics and processes.

The desire to ensure Global Press continues to produce world-class journalism

Professionalism, particularly while handling sensitive and confidential information

Discipline, rigor and attention to detail in your work

An uncanny ability to stay organized even in challenging situations

Openness to the Global Press consequence-driven model of reporting

The ability to confidently manage complex situations and a diverse group of people

A positive and solutions-oriented outlook

The other important stuff:

The successful candidate will be based in Sierra Leone from early September 2019 through mid-January 2020.

APPLY if 80% of this description sounds like you!

Global Press is an innovative and ethical media company that has been growing at a steady and sustainable pace for the last 13 years. We seek out diverse team members who are equally committed to journalistic tradition and journalistic innovation.

To learn more about Global Press, visit and read our 2018 Annual Report here.

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 team and why this role resonates with you. Include the names (including email address, phone number and a detail on how you know each person) of at least two references who can speak knowledgeably about the quality of your work. 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 subject Journalism Trainer, Sierra Leone. We will acknowledge receipt, but only successful candidates will be contacted for an interview in English.

Photo at top by Prudence Phiri, GPJ Zambia