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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.

In this week's newsletter, you will learn about how to tell an African story in eight steps and find a guide for reporting on the pandemic for journalists. Discover SEO dos and don'ts for newsrooms and learn how you can showcase your innovative media project at Jamfest 2021. And we're also calling all African journalism and media startups to apply for the Jamlab Accelerator Programme.

And as always, you'll find our regular list of opportunities and upcoming events. 

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- Jamlab Africa Team
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Latest from the magazine

Telling African stories |  In this new ethical storytelling handbook, Africa No Filter sets out eight steps to address the imbalances on reporting about the continent.

Pandemic reporting guide | A guide for South African journalists on how they can report on the pandemic. The resource was developed by the South African National Editors Forum (Sanef) and its partners to assist  journalists and media practitioners navigate working during a global pandemic. 

SEO for newsrooms |  To compete in the current media climate journalists and publishers have to do more than increase quality and output of content. They need search engine optimisation. We share a few dos and don't for SEO for newsrooms.

Exhibit at #JamfestAfrica2021 |  Are you a media maker with an interesting journalism and media innovation? If so, then the Jamfest 2021 is the right place for you to showcase your innovative media project.
 


Calling all journalism and media startups

The project team will host a clarification session regarding this Jamlab Accelerator for sub-Saharan Africa programme on Thursday 29 July 2021 at 12:00 CAT. Register for the session by clicking HERE.

Remember, we are looking for committed and creative journalists and media makers who are passionate about fixing what isn’t working in sub-Saharan African media, who want to create innovative products or services  to serve new audiences, or bring new conversations or ideas to the public. Applications for the Jamlab Accelerator Programme sub-Saharan Africa 2021-22 are NOW OPEN.


Opportunities & Awards

Proposals to investigate violence/looting // 30 July // The Henry Nxumalo Fund gives grants to individuals and organisations to do investigative journalism of relevance to contemporary South Africa. It enables journalists to have the time and resources to report on under-covered areas of South African society.

South Africa Media Innovation Program  // 31 July // The  program has announced a call for independent media organisations from Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, Zambia, and Zimbabwe to apply to join its cohort to diversify, strengthen and support innovation among independent media initiatives in Southern African countries, through a mix of project funding, technical support, and capacity building over a three-year period. 

African Fact-Checking Awards // 1 August // Journalists and journalism students across the continent can enter the awards. To qualify, entries must have first been published or broadcast on any date from 23 August 2020 to 31 July 2021. They should expose a claim on an important topic that originated in or is relevant to Africa as either misleading or wrong.  

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


Upcoming conferences

Jamfest // 13-17 September // The festival, hosted by Jamlab, is directed at a diverse set of African media makers and media publics. The festival presents an opportunity for media makers and practitioners to gain an overview of some of the innovations and changes taking place within newsrooms across Africa.

African Investigative Journalism Conference // 11-13 October // Join the continent’s best investigative journalists for 25+ sessions of great stories, new tools and techniques, networking and masterclasses.

Africa Media Summit // 18-19 November // In this two-day virtual Africa Media Summit by the International News Media Association, hear directly from diverse media voices in Africa — North, South, East, West — as the summit dissects the business challenges and tease the remedies exacerbated by a global pandemic.

Find more details on the above-listed events and more.


Upcoming online events

Journalism safety training with Jeff Belzil // 27 July // The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) in partnership with fraycollege presents the personal safety training for South African journalists out in the field presented by IWMF security director Jeff Belzil. Space is limited, register here to participate.

Reporting on the delta variant // 29 July // What do journalists need to understand about the delta variant, and about Covid-19 variants in general? In this webinar, Peter van Heusden, a bioinformatician and researcher at the South African National Bioinformatics Institute, will help demystify the delta variant and guide journalists in improving their reporting on it. Click here to register.

Writing about Africa // 29 July // Africa No Filter will be holding a webinar titled "How to Write About Africa" – reframing storytelling and centering ethics to launch its new ethical storytelling handbook. Click here to register for the webinar.
Please send any news, feedback, suggestions, ideas, comments and anything we may have missed to info@jamlab.africa
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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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