Brilliant media practitioners working outside cities such as Nairobi, Dar es Salaam and Kampala in East Africa have been encouraged to apply for the Aga Khan University media Innovation Centre 2021-2022 Innovators-in-Residence program. The latter is a 12-month incubation and accelerator program that provides mentorship, training, and coaching to media innovators in East Africa.

The program, which is the brainchild of AKU GSMC Media Innovation Centre, together with its partners DW Akademie and Media Challenge Initiative (MCI) wants to ensure innovators from both rural and urban areas get access to this program and for this reason; this year’s cohort will include a special track for rural innovators.

“We want to support innovators working on ideas that promote journalism in rural communities in Tanzania, Uganda, and Kenya. Specifically, we are looking for media solutions that improve access to information, public dialogue, and participation for rural communities considering the great linguistic diversity, potentially low connectivity, limited access to professional news media, and low literacy rates” read part of the invite.

There are also some slots for urban-based innovators who are interested in the program and they can apply for them.

 We highly encourage applicants to apply as pre-formed teams of journalists, storytellers, visual artists, data analytics specialists, photographers, videographers, graphic designers, cartoonists, illustrators, coders, programmers, and/or animators who will work as a team to create viable solutions to the pressing challenges of the East African media landscape,” read another part.

Individual applicants who do not yet have pre-formed teams are welcome to apply but should be ready to build a team once they qualify for our programme

Access more details on the call for applications here inENGLISH or SWAHILI.