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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 read about the mapping of community radio in sub-saharan Africa and learn  about the SA National Editor's Forum elections portal for journalists. Find a summary of the Africa launch of the Digital News Report 2021 which addresses why news should be free. Discover what impact global technology giants have had on African media and find out about about the South African Media Innovation Programme's expansion announcement. 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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Latest from the magazine

Mapping community radio |  How community radio is redressing imbalances of power in Africa. In this new study, Wits Journalism and the Fojo Media Institute map community radio in sub-Saharan Africa.

SANEF elections portal | The South African National Editor's Forum has launched an elections portal to provide journalists with tools for reporting the upcoming 2021 municipal elections set to take place in October this year.

SAMIP expansion announcement |  The South Africa Media Innovation Programme (SAMIP) has called for innovative media organisations from Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe to apply to be part of its cohort of independent media initiatives. 

Why news should be free |  People turned to traditional media as they needed news which was reliable and accurate during a time when their lives were at stake. More on this and other key takeaways from the Africa launch of the Digital News Report 2021.

The impact of platforms | How media in Africa have responded to global technology giants such as Google, Facebook and Twitter. Learn more through this written piece.

Calling all journalism and media startups

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

Constructive Journalism Fellowship // 14 July // The program combines tailored training and networking opportunities. It offers selected fellows from the Middle East and Africa a unique and exclusive opportunity to learn, connect and exchange ideas with like-minded colleagues.

Climate Change Media Fellowship in West Africa // 16 July // The Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism invites journalists, media professionals, researchers and analysts for its inaugural climate change media fellowship across west Africa. NAREP aims to strengthen the capacity of media and civil society to carry out deep and impactful reporting as well as advocacy around issues relating to natural resources, extractives and climate change.

Kekere Storytellers Fund // 26 July // Africa No Filter is looking for media organisations, initiatives, platforms and Individuals that understand the importance of nuanced and creative storytelling about Africa to shift stereotypical narratives. This fund will pay micro-grants to storytellers to create and publish unique and compelling content that shifts prevailing stereotypical narratives about their communities or subject.  

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

Coming up

Radio Days Africa // 05 - 16 July // Radio Days Africa is the largest radio conference in Africa and it aims to promote conversations around radio’s role in the audio revolution. Now in its 12th 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.

Zim New Media Summit 2021 // 21-23 July // The conference whose theme is “Reimagining Journalism and Democracy in Times of Crisis” will be held virtually from 21-23 July. Participants are invited to register in advance so that they are able to fully participate in the conference through Zoom and Google Meet. Unregistered participants will be able to follow and participate in the event via FacebookLive.

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. 

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