AJENda / A Newsletter for African Journalism Educators
Volume 1, Number 3. May 2021 View Online
Monthly newsletter for African journalism educators, produced by Fojo Media Institute and Wits Journalism, part of the Consortium for Human Rights and Media in Africa (CHARM).
Dear colleagues

There is a new journalism concept: Sustainable Journalism. One of the champion's of the concept, Prof Ulrika Olausson says the concept of sustainable journalism points to the future. What media practitioners do today, how they describe the world, have future consequences, she argues. Sustainable journalism shapes both tomorrow's journalism and tomorrow's natural and social world. The concept was launched during a virtual event in late April, featuring academics from Sweden and South Africa, as well as other participants. Read more .

Corruption in Malawi newsrooms

Malawi has launched its first edition of the State of the Newsroom report.  The report focusses on corruption in the country’s media, but also discusses several other aspects such as dwindling readership of newspapers as a result of their high cover price. Poor pay for journalists and “unstainable” working conditions are also discussed. Read more.
Mozambique's Mídia Lab responds to investigative journalism needs at the local level

Media Lab is starting a multi-year journalism training programme for community radio reporters through a USAID-funded project. There are 128 community radio stations in the country, many of which serve as the only source of credible information in their district. The project aims to accelerate the creation of a new cadres of investigative journalists, some of whom will hopefully establish themselves as permanent features in the media sector, writes Arild Drivdal. Read more.


Paris’ Journalism School to launch Arabic journalism training in Morocco

The Paris Journalism School has chosen Morocco to open its first online distance-learning in journalism and communication using the Arab language, writes Hamza Guessous. Read more.

Highway Africa summit returns

The Highway Africa summit is set to return after a “short hiatus to take a deep dive into the future of African media and journalism, which have been severely disrupted by a variety of local and international challenges”, including the increasing domination of the industry by the global technological platforms. Read more.

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Africa-US Journalism and Media Networking and Academic Forum: 26-27 May 2021
The African Centre for the Study of the US at the University of the Witwatersrand University is convening a two-day exploratory forum to build a body of knowledge on Africa-US journalism and media relations. Conceived as an open forum, the event is envisaged to feature speakers and participants from Africa and the US to network and get to share knowledge and information on the Africa-US media landscape. Organisations and individuals interested in making presentations during this event are encouraged to express interest on or before Tuesday, 18 May 2021.  Read more.
 opportunities AND RESOURCES 



The Nyabola Prize for Science Fiction 2021 in Kiswahili

The prize for 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.” Read more 

Deadline | May 31   

Women and news: an overview of audience behaviour in 11 countries

This report presents a bespoke analysis of how women around the world consume and perceive news, based on data on audience behaviour from 11 countries featured in the 2020 Reuters Institute Digital News Report: Kenya, South Africa, South Korea, Hong Kong, Japan, Mexico, Brazil, Finland, Germany, United Kingdom, and United States. Read more

AWID Feminist Journalists Program 2021

The Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID) is aiming to build deep and meaningful relationships with journalists who are interested in reporting on feminist and social justice issues. AWID specifically encourages applications from journalists who originate and are located in the Global South. The program will consist of 6 online sessions, which will last through to May 2022. Participants in the project will be provided with honorariums of US$15,000 which will be paid in two tranches. For details and to apply,  click here

Deadline | May 4

For more opportunities go to our webpage here.

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AJENda is a monthly newsletter for African journalism educators produced by Fojo Media Institute and Wits Journalism, part of the Consortium for Human Rights and Media in Africa (CHARM), funded by Sida. The consortium confronts the shrinking space for media by strengthening coalition building between civil society, media and human rights defenders in sub-Saharan Africa. The project is implemented by six regional partners: Fojo, Wits, CIVICUS, Civil Rights Defenders, Defend Defenders and Hub Afrique.
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