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Welcome to the seventeenth edition of the JamLab newsletter – bringing you stories and ideas on journalism and media innovation in Africa. We hope you like it. If so, get in touch. If not, unsubscribe below. 

Seventeenth  Issue 
20 September  2018 

 

new information new conversation new ideas



A new way to monetise digital content — take it to the stage!

The struggle for a viable business model for media and journalism, in this information-saturated age, continues to be a headache for most media organisations. But a blogger in Kenya found a new way to monetise digital content. Too Early For Birds (TEFB) is a mix of straight-up scripted theatre, narration, poetry, music, and dance that began its life as a blog.

Theatre audiences in Nairobi are treated to a unique theatre performance that continues to offer a glimmer of hope and suggests that with the right combination of creative collaboration and cultivating a faithful audience, stories can jump off the page and into real life – and make money in the process.

The stories on Owaahh.com, written and curated by Morris Kiruga – are mostly of two styles. There are quirky listicles of amazing people in Kenyan and African history you’ve never heard of. The second version is deeply researched, vividly written investigative pieces that relied heavily on reconstructing court records and archival material. Read more

How many ways are there to make money in media?
Generating an income from the digital media we create has got a lot more complex and the number of ways to do it has increased. We’ve listed a number of ways in which media makers can generate income through their online platforms.  Read more

Innovator Q&A: Marvin Gakunyi and Yegon Emmanuel on Mojo in Kenya
Through Kenya’s MJ, its founders are preparing the next generation of storytellers through what they refer to as “Pocket Studios”. Read more

In times of polarisation, how can journalism reach across divides?
Here are eight practical recommendations from social psychologists and other researchers on the business of talking with audiences, truth-telling and trust in journalism. Read more

GGMSA’s loss is media industry’s gain
Empowering young girls is the goal, but the South African chapter of Global Girl Media initiative hasn’t given up on establishing a media production bureau. Read more

Making newsrooms sustainable workshop at AIJC18

Whether you are a running a journalism start-up, or you are working in an established team, or if you are looking for ideas and advice on how to pay the bills, this workshop is for you. Read more

What’s on!

October 2018
11 – 13             Dar es
Salaam,                                Tanzania11 – 11 Nov      Maputo,                               Mozambique12                    Accra,                                 Ghana

AfriLabs Gathering (Innovation in the Data Age)
The AfriLabs Annual Gathering provides a unique opportunity for tech hubs in the AfriLabs network and other stakeholders in the African tech ecosystem like local innovators, corporates, investors, academia and developmental agencies to convene, network and share knowledge. The 3rd edition of the AfriLabs Annual Gathering 2018 is being co-organized with Sahara Sparks as ‘Innovation in the Data Age 2018’.Maputo Fast Forward
This year’s theme centers around “The Future of the Future: Reinventing Narratives about Africa”.  MFF is a platform for connecting people working in and discussing creativity, design, culture, and innovation, based in Maputo, Mozambique.Media Foundation for West Africa
The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) will host a regional conference to discuss the challenges of the media industry and ways to improve the performance of the media across West Africa. The two-day event brings together media experts, activists, journalists, media executives and editors from across West Africa.


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