21 May 2020

Fact-checking in Africa during covid

As various countries begin to lift hard lockdown measures put in place to curb and flatten the coronavirus pandemic, in the background, many fact-checking organisations have been working tirelessly to curb the spread of fake news and misinformation. These platforms contain debunks, tips, trustworthy sources that tackle the damaging covid-19 misinformation and fake news. Read more

Complete this survey about the effect of covid-19 on journalism

This survey aims “track and assess the impacts of the pandemic on journalism worldwide, and to help reimagine its future.” Read more

How to write an investigative book

Writing an investigative book has to put to the fore the importance of human narratives, not just a focus on facts and data. It is the key to what makes a good investigative journalism book. Read more

Jamlab accelerator programme blogs


Covid-19 has given Galoome Shopane an optimistic view
The pandemic has solidified Shopane’s startup concept of focusing on solutions journalism. Read more

If you want your African startup to survive a pandemic, do this
Lessons in times of the coronavirus by Mata’s Pumulo Ngoma. Read more

Coming up

Radio Days Africa // 1 – 3 July // Radio Days Africa is the largest radio conference in Africa. It is presented by Wits under the auspices of the Department of Journalism at the University of Witwatersrand. The conference aims to stimulate learning, engagement, conversation, and thinking around various aspects of the radio business in an African context.

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

Opportunities & Awards

Criminal Justice Reporting grants 2020 // TBC // The Wits Justice Project (WJP) is inviting journalists to submit proposals for reporting grants of up to ZAR25 000 for in-depth investigations focused on criminal justice and related issues.

Kurt Schork Awards in International Journalism // 31 May // The Kurt Schork Memorial Fund (KSMF) is now accepting submissions for its 2020 awards in international journalism. The fund aims to support freelancers and local reporters whose work is often poorly paid, mostly unsung and all too often fraught with danger.

Uganda National Journalism Awards // 31 May // The Uganda National Journalism Awards 2020 are open to all professional journalists working in print, television, radio and online news platforms in Uganda for stories published or broadcast between 1 January and 31 December 2019.

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

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

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