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Welcome to our fortnightly newsletter, now arriving earlier in the week, where we share insights on journalism and media innovation in Africa.

We have a new website and we'll be publishing all articles there, going forward. The dev team is still working on a few tweaks in the background, but do let us know what you think.
What else is new? As part of our plans to reach and engage with journalists and media makers across the continent, we are now publishing content in French. We have translated some of our most read work and we will be adding original work in French in future. If you have friends and colleagues who prefer reading this newsletter in French, let them know to sign up here.

And as always, you'll find our latest work from the magazine, our regular list of opportunities and upcoming events. 

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Latest from the magazine

Jamfest |  Jamfest is a new African media and information festival directed at a diverse set of African media makers and media publics. This Jamfest edition will take place from 13-17 September virtually. The festival aims to track trends in information flows and digital public space across the continent and provide opportunities for dynamic engagement between diverse stakeholders. Find out more about Jamfest here.

Elections in Africa |  Elections play a pivotal role in facilitating democratic processes by allowing citizens to choose their representatives. A collaborative effort between journalists and civic tech organisations is needed to encourage engagement and citizen participation during elections. Find a written piece and recording of our most recent Jamlab Meetup. 

Spotting hoaxes | Inaccurate information on social media has become a problem in many countries around the world. Researchers know a fair deal about “fake news” in the global North, but much less about what is happening in the global South, particularly in Africa. Learn how young people in Africa use cues to spot misinformation online.

Digital News Report |  In this special Jamlab Meetup in partnership with the Reuters Institue, we will be launching the Digital News Report 2021, focusing on Africa and delve into what the findings from the report means for the news market in our region. The report is the most comprehensive piece of research on news consumption worldwide. This year's report added six new countries including Nigeria.

Africa Journalism Calendar |  Over the past year or so, we’ve learnt and come to appreciate that virtual media events allow for a wider audience attendance and more networking opportunities. The continent is not short of varying types of conferences which you can attend. We share a list of exciting virtual media conferences coming up in the latter half of this year in Africa that you should not miss.
Financing or monetising a new venture can be a daunting task, especially if you have no to minimal experience in soliciting funding. And with the pandemic having devasted many industries, many small organisations have had to rethink how to remain sustainable in these uncertain times. Join this Jamlab Meetup where funders will share interesting models and approaches to fund and sustain your civic tech or media ideas and platforms. Sign up here.

Opportunities & Awards

PLURAL+ Youth Video Festival // 18 June // Filmmakers ages 25 and younger are invited to submit films on migration, diversity, social inclusion and prevention of xenophobia. Winners will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to attend the PLURAL+ 2021 Festival and Awards Ceremony late in 2021.

Benjamin Mkapa African Wildlife Photography Awards // 18 June // The competition seeks to engage audiences in documenting and conserving wildlife and wildlands in Africa through the art of photography and video. An overall grand prize of US$30,000 will be awarded to the winner, with category winners receiving prizes we well. 

Funding available for media entrepreneurs // 21 June // The Media Development Investment Fund (MDIF) is accepting applications for the MDIF Ventures. The initiative will invest in projects aimed at addressing accountability, strengthening debate or reducing information poverty.

Interested in any of these? Click here for more information on these opportunities and more.

Coming up

Highway Africa // 21 - 23 June // The 2021 conference will take place under the backdrop of tumultuous and debilitating events that confront mainstream media and its journalism. The conference will simultaneously take a wide and close look at the impacts of these environmental factors that are redefining the media and journalism landscapes in the ‘age of uncertainty and speed’.

Digital Media Africa // 06 - 07 July  // Join the fifth edition of WAN-IFRA’s flagship Africa event to tackle topics affecting your media company. This special virtual edition was meant to be held in May but was pushed forward to July. It will be a two-day event packed with sessions looking into subscription strategies, revenue generation, as well as trust in media and journalism.

Radio Days Africa // 05 - 16 July // Radio Days Africa (RDA) is the largest radio conference in Africa and it aims to promote conversations around radio’s role in the audio revolution. Now its a 12-year, the conference themed “Audio Amplified”, will take place over 10 days with a morning and afternoon session. This year also sees the first kiSwahili exclusive session with Washa Radio.

Find more details on the above-listed events and more.
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The Jamlab newsletter and magazine is supported by the Open Society Foundations' Program on Independent Journalism. Jamlab is a project of Wits Journalism and Tshimologong and is supported by Sida through the Charm Consortium. 
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Jamlab is a programme of Wits Journalism and the Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct. Jamlab is grateful for the generous support of Civicus and the Charm Consortium.

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