Fourteenth  Issue 
15 May 2018 


new information new conversation new ideas

African platforms in the running for Data Journalism Awards

Four African-based projects are shortlisted in this year’s Data Journalism Awards.Out of 630 entries, 99 nominations made this year’s shortlist in the 12 categories available, each representing the best data-driven work that was done in the past year across five continents. Egypt, Nigeria and South African platforms represent the platforms which made the cut for the shortlist.

One of these platforms is Passmark, a South African data platform that sets out to give a clearer picture of the state of schools in South Africa by collecting the data and presenting it in ways that make it useful to parents, pupils, educators. Passmark is the only African based project nominated in this year’s Data Journalism Award ‘Public Choice’ category. Read more

Journalism and media accelerator programmes around the world
In building a journalism and media accelerator and innovation lab, we looked at other similar initiatives around the world. The good news is, we are not alone! Where are the other journalism and media accelerators around the world? Read more

copyright and fair use

Come to a jamlab workshop with international copyright expert Sean Flynn on Thursday 17th May on what every start up and developer needs to know to stay within the law and how to ensure the law works for you. Read more

Using online radio to create dialogues through Not Yet Uhuru

We recently caught up with the women led Soul City, alumni of the first JamLab Accelerator progamme. Since completing the six month programme they have been focused on building a bankable business that can make the world a better place for young women and girls. Read more


Apply for SAMIP’s media initiative

The South African Media Innovation Program is seeking applications from organisations that are building innovative news and information products. The $4mn, three-year media initiative aims to accelerate digital media innovation among independent media outlets.

[Vacancy] Journalist for Civic Tech Innovation Network and JamLab

Apply for this new position to document innovation and innovators in journalism, media and civic tech across Africa

Canadian grants available

Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI) has opened their call for proposals this year. Through CFLI the High Commission of Canada in Pretoria funds small projects in South Africa, Madagascar, Lesotho, Mauritius and Namibia. The application deadline is 31 May 2018.

What’s on!


June 2018
7-8          Paris, France


6-7        Johannesburg,                     South Africa




8-9        Johannesburg,                     South Africa

Afrobytes brings together entrepreneurs, business executives, CEOs, academics, innovators, investors, venture capitalists, tech enthusiasts and media to explore business opportunities between the African tech ecosystem and players in the global tech world.You don’t have a media start up if you don’t sell!
JamLab is hosting a two-day sales and business development workshop organised by the South African Media Innovation Program. The workshop will focus on developing a sales strategy, using digital analytics and measurement tools for supporting sales, converting leads into sales, and developing a viable business strategy for your digital media venture.Menell Media Exchange
Registration is now open for MMX18. The conference pulls the highest-level players in the journalism sphere together over two days. Bringing in the Reporters, editors, media executives, non-profits, community and independent journalists, come together to share ideas, explore developments, compare practices, and build skills and relationships.

The JamLab newsletter and online magazine are supported by the  Open Society Foundations Program on Independent Journalism


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