Positions in: South Africa, Botswana, Mozambique and Zimbabwe

Do you want to use your social media storytelling skills or social influencer clout to help fight human trafficking?

The continent’s largest data journalism network, Code for Africa (CfA), is offering a series of part-time Fellowships for digital creatives to collaborate with investigative newsrooms on storytelling that spotlights modern slavery and human trafficking in southern Africa.

You’ll work alongside forensic researchers, data analysts, infographic designers and illustrators, as well as traditional investigative journalists. You’ll bring your mastery of viral storytelling and multimedia production on social media, to help the team reach new audiences on TiKToK, WhatsApp and Instagram with compelling visual stories that will be published by opinion-setting newsrooms primarily in South Africa, Botswana, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.

What we’re looking for:

An out-of-the-box thinker with dazzling social video and GIF story-telling skills, and a proven track-record for sparking viral conversations on platforms like TiKToK and Instagram.

You don’t need to be a journalist, but you need to have a knack for weaving a compelling narrative.

The project is spearheaded by CfA’s WanaData network and women story-tellers are especially encouraged to apply. 

What you’ll do:

  1. Use our resources and information to drive social media interest in the human trafficking investigative journalism we produce with our partner newsrooms
  2. Drive audience engagement and conversation on social media
  3. Create social videos, viral GIFs (improving on these examples) and other interactive media (including for platforms like TikTok such as this U.S. example) with support from our in-house multimedia design and content teams, as well as editorial content from the project
  4. Devise a social media campaign strategy for telling and sharing stories on social media and increasing audience engagement
  5. Build a network of social influencers and partner with existing vibrant social media pages to share our stories
  6. Develop a witty, personality-driven newsletter that can reach readers on social media and in their email inbox 

How to apply:

Please fill in this form by 10 December 2020

The fellowship will run from December 2020 until May 2021, with the potential for renewal. 

Successful applicants will receive generous stipends, and will work with a multinational support team.