BBC Director-General Tony Hall has announced Aim High – a new trainee scheme for journalists with disabilities in Kenya.
This follows development initiatives to train the next generation of African journalists and producers to world class standards.
Aim High is an 18 month long intensive and highly practical training and development programme funded and run by media industry partners.
Tony Hall, visiting the BBC bureau in Kenya, says the new initiative will offer three-month placements to three aspiring journalists with disabilities, starting from next April. During the placement, they will spend their time at the Nairobi bureau working with news teams in different African languages and working on television programmes as well as digital production.
The placements will be open to anyone with a disability, hidden or visible, who is interested or experienced in journalism.
Tony Hall says: “The BBC has a long-standing commitment to Africa and telling African stories, reaching more than 100 million people every week. We want to develop independent journalism on the continent, and to support those whose voices often don’t get heard. We know it’s hard for people with disabilities to get opportunities in journalism.
“Aim High will give aspiring journalists with disabilities hands on experience, bespoke training and mentoring, and I urge people to apply.”
Further details of how to apply will be announced shortly.