Print journalism placements

Print and online journalism placements in Tanzania

The media in Tanzania was once small and largely state controlled until the mid 1990’s when the advent of multi party politics opened the way for private media. As a result, the media in Tanzania is still relatively young, which gives you the opportunity to make a real impact and gain some valuable experience.

You’ll be working at one of our partner publications based in Arusha. Our main partner is one of the relatively new newspapers launched in the mid 1990’s. Produced weekly in English, the publication has a circulation of over 10,000 copies and is distributed not only all over Tanzania but also the neighbouring countries of Kenya and Uganda. The publication covers a wide variety of local news from in and around Arusha, as well as other stories from around Africa so you will be reporting on a wide variety of subjects from local events and sports, to national and African news.

You will have the opportunity to be involved in different activities at the newspaper. These include photography, proof reading and advertising in addition to writing features and reviews. You will also have the opportunity to become involved in producing the layout of the publication and the newspaper’s website.

Combining projects

The print media projects can be combined with the radio and / or TV broadcast media placements in Arusha. We recommend at least a month on each placement.

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Contact us to chat about which programme would be best for you.

Accommodation on this project is with families, usually sharing with another volunteer. You will be joined in Arusha by others on our medical, teaching and business projects. For more click here>>

Your role

Researching the news wires for international events
Attending local press briefings and conferences
Interviewing members of the public and prominent people
Writing, proof reading and editing
Page layout
Publishing online


A serious interest in journalism
Good conversational English
Good ICT skills, particularly use of word and excel
Minimum age 18 years old (no maximum age)

This project is suitable for:

Gap year students
Media students
Career breakers and those looking to try a career in media
media internships
Experienced journalists looking to expand their portfolio

Previous experience of media is not necessary but the projects are tailored to your interests and experience. We will ask for a CV and examples of previous published work. If you haven't had anything published, the editors of the publications will usually set you an assignment so that they can gauge your writing style and ability to work to assignment.

Project start dates

Every Friday

Please aim to arrive on a Thursday afternoon or Friday morning so that your induction can be conducted on Friday. You can arrive on other days by appointment but additional fees may apply. Please avoid arriving on a weekend. Accommodation spaces throughout the year are limited so reserve your space now.

Click here to book this porject online nowCosts

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
2022 £1,095 £1,195 £1,195 £1,195 £1,195 £1,195 £1,295 £1,295 £1,195 £1,195 £1,095 £995
2023 £1,095 £1,195 £1,195 £1,195 £1,195 £1,195 £1,295 £1,295 £1,195 £1,195 £1,095 £995
2024 £1,095 £1,095 £1,095 £1,095 £1,095 £1,095 £1,095 £1,095 £1,095 £1,095 £1,095 £995

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All costs shown above are for one month. Additional months can be added for £595.

What's included

Donation to the project
Your accommodation
UK support
(including comprehensive predeparture information and briefing)
Airport pick-up
Local induction
Basic language course
Local overseas support
Your food
(in project accommodation)

What's not included

Spending money
Food during weekend if travelling independently