Twenty Ten project accepting applications from professional African journalists

2010Are you a professional African photo/multimedia journalist and you value free international training and a great opportunity in the run-up to, and during, the FIFA World Cup in South Africa in 2010? World Press Photo Foundation, Free Voice, Africa Media Online and lokaalmondiaal welcome African photo/multimedia journalists to participate in a great multimedia training opportunity.

What is Twenty Ten?
The Twenty Ten project is inspired by the 2010 FIFA World Cup -which is being organized on the African continent for the first time- and the media opportunities this has to offer. Football is an integral aspect of life all over Africa, as well as in the rest of the world. This project aims to give African journalists a voice, both on the African continent, as worldwide. It offers African journalists the opportunity to present their own view of African reality, as opposed to depending on foreign news organizations.

Twenty Ten is a multidisciplinary media project and will focus on strengthening African journalists from the various disciplines. It aims to encourage media professionals to creatively produce and distribute articles, images, broadcasts and multimedia productions related to African football.

“All Stars” and “Dream Team”
In 2009 108 journalists from different journalistic disciplines (radio, photo, print) and 35 different African countries are enrolled in the Twenty Ten training program. They are the so called “All Stars”. These journalists will finish their training by the end of this year. In 2010 some of them will be given assignments by the Twenty Ten Editorial Team, to make journalistic stories in their home country in the run up to the World Cup.

A small selection of the All Stars will be invited go to South Africa between June 11- July 11. The participants selected to go to South Africa are called the “Dream Team”. During the World Cup the All Stars that stay behind in their home country can still be assigned by Twenty Ten to make journalistic stories.

In 2010 a new training opportunity in Twenty Ten opens up for photo/multimedia journalists with an interest in multimedia. You can join the All Stars by signing up for the multimedia program and have a chance to become a member of the Dream Team in South Africa. Subscribe by following the steps below and apply to join Twenty Ten.

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The Training
The Multi Media training will start with a 6 weeks online course to teach you the basics of making a multimedia story. Camera techniques, does and don’ts and more. After your online preparations you will continue to one of the (2) workshops. The workshops will take approximately 7-10 days. Place in Africa and date of the workshop are to be announced. Your travel and accommodation will be taken care of by Twenty Ten. During the live workshop you will be further educated in theory and techniques before you will produce your own multimedia production.

Who can apply?
Twenty Ten is a project for professional journalists of African nationality and currently living in Africa. Professional here means either one, or a combination, of the following criteria:
• That you have a press card and/or
• That your work has been published regularly in the print media during the past two years and/or
• That your work has been exhibited or has been published in a book during the previous four years.

If you are employed, you will need to forward a signed letter from your employer granting you permission to participate in the program. A standard letter explaining the program to your editor in chief is available for download on this site.

This training in the Twenty Ten program particularly focuses on photographers with multimedia experience or other demonstrable interest in multimedia and all ready practicing multimedia journalists.
The application criteria are the following:
• You must have equipment that enables you to record multimedia stories: minimally a compact camera with a video function with a resolution of at least 640×480 pixels.
• You should have a demonstrable interest in multimedia or earlier experience with multimedia besides your photography: e.g. radio, video or TV are acceptable.

If you wish to join the program you send an application form and a motivation letter to before December 15 2009. You will be notified if you are selected or not before December 25th.
Please download and read the terms and conditions carefully and send it with your application. Applications without a terms and reference form or motivation letter are not taken into consideration.