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Twenty-Third Issue 
15 April  2019 


new information new conversation new ideas

When to know it is time to pivot your startup

Anish Shivdasani, founder and CEO of mobile employment platform Giraffe, shares his lessons on when to reassess and realign your business. Read more

It’s time to get people to pay says Lisa Macleod of Tiso Backstarl
MacLeod, head of digital at South African media company Tiso Blackstar shares some great insights into the pains and gains involved in transforming print newspapers to digital media brands. Read more

What do we mean by ‘repairing innovation’ in media?
One of the core values we adopted with our partners when we started jamlab was a commitment to learning. Learning is more than research or acquiring new knowledge, it requires actually acting on that information. So what have we learnt? Read more

How to spot fakes & hoaxes online
This guide provides tips on verifying content found online — a helping hand in spotting the fakes and hoaxes first. Read more

In The News: Africa Check wins the ‘Google AI Impact Challenge’ and other news
Check out our regular news roundup of some of the top headlines in African journalism, innovation and digital media — a quick summary designed to keep you updated!  Read more


This year, the annual GEN Summit, taking place from 13 – 15 June in Athens, Greece, will focus on the VVV challenge: Voice, Visual Journalism and Verification. Use our promo code GEN-JAMLAB to get 15% off the ticket price.

jamlab accelerator

How Politically Aweh covered South Africa’s elections
Jamlab accelerator team, Politically Aweh, tackled the question of “where are all the young people during the elections?” and more in its 2019 Elections Special. Read more

Where are women’s voices in South African election coverage?
Three major digital publications underrepresented the voice of women in election and politics stories before the recent elections. 
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Blackouts and lightbulb moments 
Load shedding wasn’t a godsend but it certainly presented numerous learning moments for this satirical outfit. Read more

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