Journalist Writer / Article Feature Writing Competition at TRC



Transformation Resource Centre (TRC) is looking for suitably qualified journalist writers to produce a well researched article of not more than 3000 words on Independence and Efficiency of Human Rights Oversight Institutions in Lesotho.

Required Skills:
All potential candidates will need to show evidence of the following:
• Organize details to create the most impactful stories for the given topic.
• Must research his/her way to good content.
• Ability to make a comparison between oversight institutions in Lesotho and those of other countries (South Africa and Malawi) preferably.
Interested candidates can view the synopsis on page below before submitting articles, the synopsis is meant to guide potential writers on the expected style of writing that they are expected to follow. Hand written applications may be send to Transformation Resource Centre Offices at 1 Oaktree Gardens, Qoaling Road, Old Europe (Second Street before Avani Maseru Gate from 9:00- 1:00 pm not later than 7th December, 2018.

Transformation Resource Centre
1 Oaktree Gardens, Qoaling Road, Old Europa
Tel: 22314463/5200019

Activity: Article Feature Writing Competition Synopsis

Topic: Independence and efficiency of Lesotho’s human rights oversight institutions

Brief Background: State institutions are integrity bodies with responsibility for monitoring and reviewing public power and activities with the aim of fostering good governance and countering any abuse. These institutions are DCEO, PCA, Judiciary, Ombudsman and the office of the Auditor General.

Integrity bodies are dualistic institutions whose work is underpinned by legitimate expectations of autonomy and integration. Thus as principals, considerable legal and operational autonomy is essential to the effective execution of their mandate. A significant feature of the functioning of institutions as mature entities is the extent to which they are able to respond effectively to the competing demands of integration and autonomy that are inevitable and justifiable in government and governance.

Sound systems and processes are required for institutions to navigate appropriate pathways in pursuit of public interest purposes. Institutions need to be strategic and skilful in ensuring their cooperative liaison and dynamic self-management while staying off or steering clear of subjugation and isolation.

Features contain elements of news, but their main function is to humanize, to add colour, to educate, to entertain, to illuminate. They often recap major news that was reported in a previous news cycle. Features often:


Choose the theme. The theme should be similar to the thesis of a scholarly paper and should provide unity and coherence to the piece. It should not be too broad or too narrow. Several factors should come into play when choosing a theme:

Write a lead that invites an audience into the story. A summary may not be the best lead for a feature. Put the news elements of the story in the lead, the feature writer uses the first two or three paragraphs to set a mood, to arouse readers, to invite them inside. The body should provide vital information while it educates its readers, and emotionally ties an audience to the message behind the article . The ending will summarise the story and come back to the lead, with a quotation or a surprising climax if prefered. Important components of the body of a feature story are background information, the thread of the story, transition, dialogue, and voice.

Provide vital background information. If appropriate, a paragraph or two of background should be placed high in the story to bring the audience up to date.

Write clear, concise sentences. observations and additional background throughout the story.

Use a thread. Link the introduction, body and conclusion of the story.
Use transition. Connect paragraphs with transitional words, paraphrases, and direct quotations. Transition keeps readers from being jarred by the writing.
Use dialogue when possible.
Conclude with a quotation or another part of the thread.

General Guidance

Authors are required to follow the TRC style format, and submit original manuscripts that have not been published elsewhere.
All articles should be no more than 3,000 words in length. Submissions should include the full names and organisational affiliation where necessary (including position/professional title) of the author/s, and contact details.

Honorarium for the published paper/article is M1000.00

Mode of Submission
Authors are encouraged to submit their contributions electronically (e-mail), in Microsoft Word format, to the Editor, Work for Justice ([email protected]) copy to ([email protected]), ([email protected])

     The piece should be no be more than 3, 000 words (roughly five to six pages typed)

     Preferred Typeface: Times New Roman
     Font Size: 12pt
     Headline: Provide powerful headlines and sub-headlines appropriate to the article
     Tables & figures to support argument: These are preferred where necessary and can be sent separately from the article ( Not binding)
     Important Quotations: Can be enclosed in inverted commas, underscored or italicized
     No footnotes/end notes: Footnotes./end notes should NOT be used on Articles

     7th December 2018 at 13:00 pm
     Articles must be sent by e-mail (typed)

     Winning article will get a honorarium of (M2000.00)
     2nd winning article (M1000)