The JAMLAB newsletter comes to you from  Wits Journalism in support of  journalism and media innovation in Africa 
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First Issue 

31 May 2017


new information new conversation new ideas

Dear <<First Name>>, 
Welcome to JAMLAB

South African journalism and media face many challenges. Audiences and viewers are spending more time glued to their mobile phones. The South African public broadcaster is in crisis, unable to pay its bills or to fulfill its mandate. Newspaper and advertising sales are in decline and publications are losing readers to the web. So we believe there is really little alternative but to innovate. And all over the continent, there are examples of great innovation. The Journalism and Media Lab (JAMLAB) aims to support innovators bringing new information, new conversations and new ideas to new audiences.​ Read more

JAMLAB Accelerator: Calling all journalism & media innovators

Are you an innovator in journalism and media in South Africa? Do you have a great, creative idea or start-up, and the commitment to sustain a new media venture? JAMLAB is calling for applications for an accelerator programme starting in July. The fellowships includes mentorship and coaching, free workspace and access to great networks. Read more

Tool review

4 live video streaming apps

Live video streaming using smartphones and mobile networks is becoming an important tool for online news sites as well as for conventional broadcasters. Many video streaming tools are free and you don’t need advanced skills to be able to use them. There are challenges though — both to use and build an audience for them. Read more

Innovators Q&A:​
Daily Vox co-founder Azad Essop

At The Daily Vox, young journalists are telling stories from the voices mainstream media have long neglected. Co-founder Azad Essop established The Daily Vox during the 2014 South African general elections. Three years later, the online publication boasts a following of over 42,000 across its web and social platforms. Read more

The JamLab newsletter and online magazine are made possible thanks to the generous support of the Independent Journalism Program of the Open Society Foundations.

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JAMLAB is a programme of Wits Journalism and the Johannesburg Centre for Software Engineering in partnership with Journalists for Human Rights and Ryerson University.
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