Centre for Investigative Journalism Malawi in partnership with Nyasa Times: Osisa supporting

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.

Mtika left with Dr Dumisani Moyho of OSISA

Mtika left with Dr Dumisani Moyho of OSISA

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.

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7 thoughts on “Centre for Investigative Journalism Malawi in partnership with Nyasa Times: Osisa supporting”

  1. Sis zee says:

    Za zii ati executive director, mtika angakhale executive director? Nde waphwekatu kikikiki

  2. bande says:

    Well done collings and team

  3. VIYAZI TEMBO says:


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  5. Inhumane Rights Activist says:

    While Nyasatimes reporters attempt to rope in some investigative journalism skills, I would like to underline one or two things.

    .Nyasatimes needs to beef up its editorial team. If you cannot, then hire some part-time sub-editors within malawi to do the editing the proof-reading for you. I think you can afford to part with a few UK pounds sterling to pay these part-timers. This is because the articles that we read at most times are published online in a rush and they stem from amateur reporters. These rookies have pathetic grammar and poor sentence construction. In many cases, the stories sometimes are published on face value without any backing, in-depth investigation nor analysis. This makes nyasatimes to be sometimes seen as an online publication that ought to be read with a pinch of salt. Yet, Nyasatimes is I think the most read news source for Malawians even ahead of NPL and Times Media publications.

    So, while some of the reporters undergo this OSISA/CIJM training, please look at your editing and proof-reading section very seriously. We rely on you for news that others do not want to see. That’s what is news. Look at yourfellow UK based the New Zimbawean.com. The stories are laid out very professionally with good flow and up to the point, well-edited. All the best as your reporters embark on this training.

  6. Mapiri says:

    What qualifactions does Mtika have?

  7. mphini za mutchafu says:

    This is good and keep it up

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