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   6 May 2021
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In this week's newsletter, we review a report looking into corruption in newsrooms in Malawi. In commemoration of World Press Freedom Day, you'll read on how digital independent platforms are fast becoming the preferred sources of information that is in the public good in Kenya.

You will also find a piece on the first women-only podcast incubator in Africa and a write up and recording of our previous Jamlab Meetup on reclaiming African narratives. 

Our next Jamlab Meetup on African Elections, African Voice: Old and new roles for journalism and civic tech communities will unpack the roles and strategies for promoting democracy and development during the upcoming elections across Africa.

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

- Lwazi Maseko
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The root of corruption in Malawi newsrooms

The inaugural State of the Newsroom Malawi explores how the media talks about corruption and the controversial issue of corruption in the newsroom itself. Read more 

As press freedom continues to struggle in Kenya, alternatives keep hope alive
No matter what tactics are used to muzzle, restrict, limit, or censor information, trustworthy information that serves the public good can still find its way to those who matter most: the citizens. Read more
Kenya’s SemaBox launches first women-only podcast incubator in Africa
SemaBox will provide a platform for women to discuss a variety of topics that aren’t usually discussed in mainstream media. Read more 
How Nigerian and Kenyan storytellers are amplifying authentic African voices
On African soft power, representation of marginalised groups and the power of African languages. 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

Kwame Karikari Fact-Checking and Research Fellowship // 7 May // The two-part programme offers a six-month fellowship for journalists (fact-checkers) to incorporate fact-checking into their work and another six-month fellowship for scholars(researchers) to conduct original research for publication in contribution to building knowledge around information disorder.

Restoring Africa’s Drylands Journalism Fellowship // 10 May // The Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) will host the first-ever digital conference focused entirely on Africa’s drylands and how integrative restoration practices can see them flourish once again in June. Be a part of the amazing team of young journalists from across Africa to receive training and gain full access to attend and cover this conference.

Gender Justice Reporting Initiative // 11 May // In 2021, the IWMF will select 30+ journalists in South Africa and Uganda to participate in this program. Their fellows will complete a six-month, virtual training course, which includes physical and digital security workshops, and will have the opportunity to receive reporting grants and mentoring from experienced editors.

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

Coming up

The Africa Soft Power Series // 5 May // The Africa Soft Power Series, an initiative of The Africa Soft Power Project, brings together some of the most prominent thought leaders and pioneers, focused and passionate about Africa. The initiative began on 5 May and will end on 25 May. 

Data Journalism Virtual Summit // 11 May // Participants will learn how to find and clean data, analyse it and tell engaging stories using those insights. They will walk away with steps to start incorporating data to improve their stories. There will be a lot of tips and case studies to learn from.

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