Call for Applications — Data Speaks Fellowship September – November 2021

DefyHateNow South Sudan is pleased to invite you to apply for a Data Speaks fellowship on the basics of Data Journalism and Data Visualization.

DefyHateNow – East Africa is a nongovernmental organization that seeks to support the voices and actions of citizens working against online induced conflict within and outside affected regions by bringing youth, community leaders, grassroots organizations, and further civil society stakeholders into a peace-oriented media and information literacy framework by promoting digital rights and creating a framework for increasing trust between stakeholders and communities in Africa through mobilizing civic action against all forms of hate speech, misinformation, human rights violations, and incitement to violence.

The fellowship is DefyHateNow’s initiative that seeks to improve data-driven decision-making by providing a set of interactive tools and data journalism with the aim of educating participants on the fundamentals of data journalism through in-depth training facilitated by experienced data journalists.

Successful fellows will work with DHN’s Research team, Data Speaks fellows, and 211Check team to create, edit and upload datasets, documents, and articles debunking South Sudan-specific misinformation onto and


  • Applicants must be South Sudanese nationals.
  • Applicants must be proficient in the English language to understand the training materials provided during the course. We will only be accepting applications in English.   
  • We are seeking journalists (online, print, television, radio, multimedia) and other expert media practitioners with  experience or an interest in applying data journalism in their work. We do not require applicants to have prior data journalism experience.   
  • Has internet knowledge and owns a laptop or smartphone with regular internet access.
  • We encourage applications from freelancers and staff of all types of media organizations – international, national, local , and community-based. Freelance journalists will need to guarantee publication/broadcast and should identify the media outlet(s) through which they plan to distribute their stories.    
  • We encourage applications from qualified women.

Mandatory Requirements: 

  • Applicants must commit to joining 2 days of online training weekly.  
  • Applicants must commit to participating in live data journalism training, in addition to completing some video tutorials and assignments. The training will be held between September and mid-October, with three-hour class sessions two to three times a week. Stories are expected to be published before the end of November.   
  • We require the production and publication of a minimum of three data-driven content following the training. We expect each fellow to produce at least three in-depth stories in any format (print, online, podcast, broadcast).   

Salary (or reimbursement)

  • This is a monthly paid fellowship. 
  • This is a paid post, the fellow will be required to commit the time stated above.
  • NOTE: There will be no automatic employment with DefyHateNow at the end of the three months, but you will be in a better position to apply for any future vacancies.


Three Months (September 2021– November 2021).

Application deadline: 

Sunday, 22nd August 2021 at 23:59 CAT