Cape Town International Jazz Festival Arts Journalism Programme

Cape Town International Jazz Festival Arts Journalism Programme. Scholarships Available

The course is open to journalists (including community journalists and freelancers) and journalism cadets or interns in any medium who want to upgrade their arts writing skills. We’ll also consider arts bloggers, musicians, music, arts and heritage students, music organisers and music PR workers.

Application Deadline: 20th February, 2017

To be taken at (country): South Africa

About the Award: Facilitated by Business Day jazz columnist Gwen Ansell and award-winning South African writer and journalist Percy Mabandu, the Arts Journalism Programme – for qualified journalists, freelance writers and journalism students – is the longest running trainee initiative for the Cape Town International Jazz Festival. The week-long course is aligned to the National Journalism Framework (NQF) of national journalism standards. It has become one of the country leading initiatives in raising arts journalism standards.

Participants will learn how to apply key journalism skills to the specialized context of arts writing: how to review; building up specialist contacts; making an arts topic accessible and interesting to your readers – plus the context of South African music.

Type: Training

Eligibility: Qualified journalists, freelance writers and journalism students are eligible to apply

Value of Program: Each course costs R2 000 per participant including tuition, supervised practice and any teaching materials. Candidates from outside Cape Town – or their employers or institutions – are responsible for the costs of their own travel/accommodation. A limited number of scholarships are available for freelancers, cadets, students and community media workers based in South Africa only.

Duration of Program: The Arts Journalism course will run from 25 March 2017 to 1 April 2017 at the Artscape and on location at CTIJF 2017.

How to Apply: 

  1. ONLY attach the documents requested. Documents should be in Word format; photographs as .jpg or .gif attachments
  2. Your CV must include the details of at least two current, contactable references, and at least one link to a publication website, podcast or blog where we can see your work.
  3. Your PHOTOGRAPH should be a small, full-colour head & shoulders image (passport-type)
  4. Your MOTIVATION LETTER should explain why you want to attend the course, how you hope to benefit, and what skills, interests and personal qualities you will bring
  5. Your ESSAY should be no more than 500 words long, on the topic of “How does South African jazz reach out to other art forms?”

See further details in the application webpage

Visit Program Webpage for details

Award Provider: Cape Town International Jazz Festival

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