The Centre for Investigative Journalism Malawi (CIJM) and Nyasa Times Media Group have joined hands in a year long project geared at strengthening investigative journalism in Malawi.
Among some of the terms of the MOU signed between the two media institutions, CIJM will organise cutting edge training in investigative journalism to be facilitated by international experts, ensure that reporters are mentored by both local and international specialists on their story projects and also provide small story grants.
CIJM, which is headquartered in the northern city of Mzuzu, is a newly established independent Centre of investigative journalists committed to promoting effective, ethical and original reporting that moves beyond a simplistic focus on ‘corrupt’ individuals in favour of a more systematic and contextualised exposure of corruption, exploitation, and other social-justice issues.
With support from the Media and Access to Information Programme of the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA), CIJM is implementing a project on ‘Strengthening Investigative Journalism in Malawi’.
The overall goal of this project is to foster greater transparency and accountability in Malawi by improving media standards and the quality of investigative journalism.
“Apart from that we have also been organising internships for Malawian journalists at the Mail and Guardian Centre for Investigative Journalism christened Amabhungane (Dung Beatle),”said CIJM Executive Director Collins Mtika.
This year CIJM and its local partners facilitated the placement of Nation Publications Limited journalist Rex Chikoko and Voice of America (VOA) correspondent and Nyasa Times sub Editor Lameck Masina who will be doing his course from April to June 2015.
Interns join the Centre from across southern Africa, where MGCIJ also encourages the establishment of further investigative centres throughout the SADC region.
In October this year, CIJM is also sending a female Malawian Journalist for a three month stint.
“We intend to connect as many Malawian journalists to the program so that the levels of investigative journalism in Malawi are improved.
“CIJM would want Malawian Investigative Journalists to shift focus of investigative reporting from government corruption to a broader objective of corporate malfeasance, environmental degradation, abuse of women and other controversial issues, whether concerning consumer rights, human trafficking or the trading of body parts,” said Mtika, himself a graduate of the program.
Nyasa Times Media said the news group is “very pleased” with the CIJM partnership.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :