Twelfth  Issue 
28 March 2018 


new information new conversation new ideas

JamLab dialogue: ‘We’ve been hacked’

“We’ve been hacked”

We would like to invite you to join JamLab’s first event in a series of roundtable dialogues on the future of journalism in South Africa. Internet and social media platforms have, intentionally or not, hacked the business models and the social and political roles of journalism here and across the world. The recent Cambridge Analytica files offer the latest evidence of how the roles of media are being undermined by a wide range of actors from propagandists, data scientists, political lobby groups and others.

What should we do and what will work? Should we be looking to new regulation? Are there opportunities to work with advertisers? Could news organisations be doing a better job of differentiating themselves from the clutter and junk? Are there technical solutions that could help? Our goal will be to focus the discussion on mapping and shaping the future rather than simply describing the problems of the present.

The confirmed speakers for the dialogue are Siyabona Africa from the South African Media Innovation Program, Khadija Patel, editor of the Mail and Guardian and Tiso Blackstar’s managing editor, digital Riaan Wolmarans.

Join us
Where: Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct
When: 4 April 2018
Time 17:00–19:00

Click here to RSVP and here to read more about the event

Other stories on JamLab

What tools do we need to combat misinformation in SA?

It is important to map out the scale of fake news in South Africa and develop ideas for intervention areas for journalists. Read more

Is ‘fake news’ fake news?

There may not be as much of fake news circulating in South Africa as we imagine. Fake news, and fact-checking journalism sweeping the world was one of the focal points in this year’s State of the Newsroom report – an annual report highlighting key changes and challenges affecting newsrooms. Read more

Mobile Journalism editing apps for reporters

African journalists share some insight into some of the best applications they use for mobile journalism.  Read more

Startups for News online pitch battles underway

Only eight of 16 startups will make it to the final battles which will take place at the GEN Summit in Lisbon. Read more

Opportunities and Awards

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.

Editorial Leadership Award 2018

Women in senior editorial roles can compete for an award which recognize one woman editor from Sub-Saharan Africa and one from the MENA region who are first among their peers in inspiring and paving the way forward for the next generation of leaders.

African Entrepreneurship Award

Are you looking for mentoring to launch or grow your business or idea in Africa? Join the journey to receive free, online mentoring from entrepreneurs, investors and business owners. The AEAward aims to inspire African entrepreneurs to develop businesses across the African continent. 

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

Copyright © 2017-18, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. All rights reserved.

JAMLAB is a programme of Wits Journalism and the Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct in partnership with Journalists for Human Rights and Ryerson University.

Our mailing address is:
Journalism Department, Wits University
10th Floor, University Building, c/n Jorissen & Bertha Streets, Braamfontein
Johannesburg, 2000
South Africa

Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list


Subscribe To Our Newsletter

Join our mailing list to receive the latest news and updates from our team.

Would you like to subscribe to our newsletter? Click here to keep up to date with the latest news from our site.

You have Successfully Subscribed!