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   20 May 2021
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In this week's newsletter, we had a brief chat with a team working on a new initiative to combat health misinformation online. With the number of increasing Internet shutdowns in Africa, read on how the restrictions of digital media will lead to higher economic costs and greater public outrage. 

The call to establish a Media Sustainability Fund received overwhelming support at a conference on ethical journalism in South Africa.  You'll also find a review of a pilot study on how editorial analytics influences distribution and packaging of news content in Kenya, South Africa and Zimbabwe. 

Join us next week for the third instalment of the Jamlab Meetup in collaboration with the Civic Tech Innovation Network. Our conversation will be on African Elections, African Voice: Old and new roles for journalism and civic tech communities, which will unpack the roles and strategies for promoting democracy and development during the upcoming elections across the continent.

You'll also find our regular list of opportunities and upcoming events. 

- Lwazi Maseko
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Viral Facts Africa is debunking health misinformation through shareable social content

This initiative creates fact-based health information presented in a clear and accessible way to help stop the spread of misinformation. Read more 

How analytics influences distribution and packaging of news content in Africa
The use of analytics is reshaping the evaluation of the impact, reach, the relevance of news stories and performance of journalists. Read more 
Eight strategies to promote media sustainability for SA newsrooms
The creation of a Media Sustainability Fund received overwhelming support during a Sanef conference on ethical journalism in South Africa. Read more
Restricting digital media is a gamble for African leaders
Digital media shutdowns in Africa will lead to higher economic costs and greater public outrage. Read more 
Our next Jamlab Meetup

Elections are vehicles that provide the basis for development and service delivery closest to where people live; they represent hope for better futures. The African continent is slated to hold 13 national elections in 2021. The continent will also see numerous legislative and parliamentary elections. Join us as we unpack roles and strategies for promoting democracy and development during the upcoming elections across Africa. 

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Opportunities & Awards

Digital Media Awards Africa 2021 // 25 May // The annual awards will recognise publishers who have delivered unique and original digital media projects in the last 12 months. These will range from new approaches to digital subscriptions, and impactful native advertising campaigns. 

The Nyabola Prize for Science Fiction 2021 in Kiswahili // 31 May // The Nyabola Prize for Science Fiction is an initiative of the Mabati-Cornell Kiswahili Prize, open to writers aged between 18 and 35, writing science and speculative fiction in Swahili. The language project also includes a language prize, designed and aimed at popularising and promoting “vocabulary for technology and digital rights, in order to empower citizens in Kiswahili-speaking communities to participate in broader conversations on the issues.”

Kurt Schork Awards in International Journalism // 31 May // The Kurt Schork Memorial Fund (KSMF) is now accepting submissions for its 2021 awards in international journalism. The fund aims to support freelancers and local reporters whose work is often poorly paid, mostly unsung and all too often fraught with danger. The 19th annual call for awards is now split into three categories: Local reporter, freelancer and news fixer. Each award is for $5,000 and will be presented at a prestigious ceremony in London in late September 2021.

Interested in any of these? Follow this link for information on these opportunities and more.  

Coming up

2021 Collaborative Journalism Virtual Summit // 19 May // This year’s Collaborative Journalism Summit will again be conducted online. You’ll be treated to three half-days of lightning talks, workshops and participatory discussions about a wide array of collaborative journalism topics and projects.

The Power of Telling Africa's stories // 25 May // Frayintermedia will be hosting a free workshop, The Power of Telling Africa's Stories. They will be sharing best practices, the latest trends, and the role of multi-media and social platforms in modern storytelling.

How Fact-checking can counter conspiracy theories // 28 May // Africa Check and the Fojo Media Institue will be hosting a webinar on the 'Infodemic' and how fact-checking can counter conspiracy theories. Join the free webinar to learn more. 

For your journalism calendar. Find more details on the above-listed events and more.
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