Twenty-Ninth Issue 
 17 January 2020


new information new conversation new ideas


Welcome to the first jamlab Africa newsletter for 2020, a review of innovation in journalism and media across the African continent. 

As you may recall, late last year we sent out a call for our third jamlab accelerator programme. We received a number of applications and we’re happy to have selected six startups that will begin this year’s programme next month. Be sure to be on the look out for a short introduction on the teams in our next newsletter. But for now do enjoy this newsletter.

Don’t forget to follow the jamlab on Twitter (@jamlabAfrica) and like the Facebook page to stay in touch with the latest news and updates.

Best regards,
jamlab Africa Team

Innovator Q&A: Africa Check and Volume’s Whats crap on WhatsApp podcast
This show dispels hoaxes and fake news through a micropodcast on WhatsAppRead more

What we’re reading: What will journalism look like in 2020?
 Take a look at some of things we are currently reading in our newsroom. Read more

Coming up

Africa Tech Summit  // 4 – 6 Feb // The three day tech summit will feature will explore the latest trends, connect 600+ digital leaders, tech corporates, MNO’s, banks, investors, regulators, start-ups, creatives media and leading tech ventures from across Africa.

Splice Beta Conference // 18 – 20 Feb // Splice Beta is a celebration of media startups in Asia.

JamFest // 18 – 20 March // a new African media and information festival directed at a diverse set of African media makers and media public.

For your calendar. Find more details on the above listed events and check out the international journalism event calendar.

Opportunities & Awards

African Women in Media 2020 summit call for papers // 20 Jan // For its fourth annual iteration of the African Women in Media (AWiM) summit, the organisers are calling for papers, panel and workshop proposals from researchers, practitioners, and policy professionals across various topic areas.

Radio Awards 2020 // 24 Jan // Radio stations across South Africa — be they commercial, public broadcasters, community or campus — are invited to submit their entries of excellence for The Radio Awards 2020.

The Sigma Awards for outstanding data journalism // 3 Feb // This is a brand new competition to celebrate the best data journalism from around the world.

Interested in any of these? Follow this link for more information

Year in Review 

As you settle back into work mode, we thought we would share articles that caught your eye last year.

Seven ways journalists can up their social media game
It’s never been easier for journalists to interact with their sources and audiences through social media. But finding the right mix can be challenging.

Six legal questions every start-up needs to think about
A digital media startup, like any new business, needs to cover its bases and be smart when it comes to the law. We look at why this is so important and what legal groundwork you need to put in place so that your business can focus on what it does best.

Seven different ways to visualize data beyond the pie chart
Here are a few of these tips, that can help you visualise data into something your audience can easily understand and engage with.

Credible journalism is at the core of this news startup — and it’s working
New Frame editor-in-chief, Richard Pithouse, shares how he is building a publication on strict principles

Tool Review: Newsletter platforms for newsrooms
Three digital editors share their experiences in using newsletter platforms

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