Volunteering for Journalists in Ethiopia
- POSITION: Journalist
- PLACEMENT LOCATION: Addis Ababa
- REQUIREMENTS: Degree in Journalism, a degree in media related studies, or an equivalent qualification
- ACCOMMODATION: Host family
- LENGTH OF PLACEMENT: From 2 weeks
- START DATES: Flexible
On this volunteer journalism project you will be working with a weekly newspaper in Addis Ababa.
The Reporter newspaper is published in both English and Amharic. It provides an important service, connecting local citizens to news about international events.
Here you will find answers to the following questions:
How can I help?
You can use your knowledge and training to help local staff as a volunteer journalist. You can work on tasks such as:
- Working with existing staff to coordinate the research, writing and editing of the newspaper, including:
- Working closely with the news team, photographers and editors.
- Interviewing people in a range of different circumstances.
- Seeking out and investigating stories via your contacts, press releases, other media, etc.
- Attending press conferences.
- Attending a variety of events, such as council meetings, magistrates' court proceedings, and soccer matches.
- Manning the phones on the news desk and reacting to breaking news stories.
- Producing concise and accurate copy according to the newspaper's house style.
- Organizing and running training clinics for Projects Abroad volunteers working with the newspaper.
- Taking on non-journalism-related tasks and projects such as advertising.
Once you have settled in on the project you will be given the same responsibility as other staff members at The Reporter. You will be expected to work 8 hours per day, Monday to Friday.
Volunteers are not allowed to report on politics during their stay in Ethiopia. This project runs all year round so you can join at any time. You decide how much time you can spare and we will help you get the most out of it.
What will I gain from this project?
You will gain experience of working in a busy newspaper office with fellow professional journalists. You will also have to think on your feet and interview local people in an unfamiliar environment. These kinds of skills show employers that you can get to the heart of a story while being respectful of other cultures.
You will learn about Ethiopian culture by interacting with staff at The Reporter and with your host family. Staff and locals alike will want to hear about your life back home and your family and friends. We call this "cultural exchange" and we think it helps our volunteers gain a new perspective on life.
What will Projects Abroad provide?
We have over 20 years’ experience of running volunteer projects. We provide you with the following support to make sure your time in Ethiopia is successful and enjoyable:
- Safe accommodation with an Ethiopian family close to your project.
- Friendly and dedicated local staff available to help 24 hours a day.
- A friendly member of staff available to meet you on arrival at the airport.
- Medical and travel insurance.
What skills or qualifications do I need?
If you have at least a degree in Journalism, a degree in media related studies, or an equivalent qualification then you are perfectly suited to this project.
If you are interested in this project but don’t have the relevant experience, then please read about our standard Journalism project in Ethiopia.