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Thirtieth Issue 
 13 February 2020


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Hi <<First Name>>

The saying goes, don’t make promises you don’t intend to keep, and here at jamlab we keep our word. As promised in our previous newsletter, we are happy to introduce you to our third cohort of the jamlab accelerator programme. Do take a look at the teams that are ready to change the African media landscape.

And in other news, in March we will be hosting the first Jamfest, new African media and information festival directed at a diverse set of African media makers and media public. Be sure to click below for more information and book your ticket.

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

Book your ticket for #Jamfest2020 coming this March
Jamfest is a new African media and information festival directed at a diverse set of African media makers and media publics. The inaugural Jamfest Joburg edition will take place from 18–20 March 2020, at Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct, Braamfontein, in Johannesburg, South Africa.Read more

Call for Submissions to showcase journalism and media innovations
This is an opportunity to showcase your work to a wide variety of audiences. This call is open to all African initiatives. We are seeking new journalism and media ventures, initiatives and/or media innovations, case studies or innovative tools to exhibit during the festival.Read more

Meet the jamlab accelerator 2020 cohort

We are proud to announce the 2020 fellows for the Journalism and Media Lab’s Accelerator Programme. This six-month hothouse will provide teams with tools, facilities, contacts and support to help realise their ideas and ambitions. Read more

South Africa has a rich bag of big, small and eclectic community radio stations

Most of the community radio stations operate on a survivalist level, and should be seen as struggling small, medium and micro enterprises. Read more

Coming up

Africa Podfest // 11 –  13 March // This is billed as Africa’s first podcasting conference set to take place. Visit the website for details. This 3-day festival will bring together the continent’s hosts, producers, editors, sound designers and lovers of podcasts.

Jamfest // 18 – 20 March // A new African media and information festival directed at a diverse set of African media makers and media public. The festival It aims to track trends in information flows and digital public space across the continent and provide opportunities for dynamic engagement between diverse stakeholders.

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

Opportunities & Awards

Paradigm Initiative Digital Rights and Inclusion Media Fellowship 2020 // 15 Feb // The Paradigm Initiative Digital Rights and Digital Inclusion Media Fellowship 2020 seeks to embed media professionals within the daily work in the fields of digital rights and digital inclusion in Africa.

SADC Media Awards // 28 Feb // These awards aim to recognise excellence in journalism in the area of print, photo, television, radio as well as to encourage media practitioners in member states to cover issues pertaining to the region.

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

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