Freelance opportunitiesBhekisisa is growing. We are currently looking for African journalists based in West, East, Central and North Africa. If you are a journalist working in these regions with experience in writing features, we welcome you to pitch story ideas to Bhekisisa. Please send the following to [email protected]
FellowshipsWhen funding is available, Bhekisisa hosts reporters from other media houses for three-month long health journalism fellowships. During these fellowships, fellows are mentored when writing health stories and the Mail & Guardian publishes their work. Most of these fellowships have been funded by the German government. Between January 2013 and December 2014, we hosted fellows from South African and Southern African media houses. You can read more about our fellows on the Collaborators page.
We are not currently hosting fellows. This page will be updated as soon as new fellowships open up.
Internships In 2016, Bhekisisa will offer two one-month long internships for final year journalism students from South African universities. Interns will be hosted during university holidays and be mentored with producing health stories.
To apply for an internship, mail the news desk. We need:
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Bhekisisa means "to scrutinise" in Zulu
In South Africa, Zulu patients who would like to be thoroughly assessed by a doctor, would ask the physician to "bhekisisa" them.