African journalists reporting on Chinese engagement in Africa have the opportunity to create awareness and shape public policy with reporting grants from the Africa-China Reporting Programme at Wits University in South Africa.
Van said they are opportunities of between $300-1500 to tell Africa-China stories. He said all the journalists need to visit the programme’s website and apply.
He said the programme was looking for stories that have changed people’s lives.
Opening the workshop, Chen Zufeng, the Charge d’ Affairs of the Chinese Mission to the African Union implored the African media to report objectively on Chinese engagements with Africa.
Despite the great achievements, China-Africa relation is receiving a mixed reaction from the media, in particular those stationed outside China and Africa,” he told the African and Chinese journalists attending the workshop.
“There remains a misunderstanding. Some tend to cast China and its engagement in Africa in a negative way, including labeling the relationship “Chinese threat” or “neocolonialism”.