We share a list of exciting virtual journalism and media webinars that are coming up that you should not miss.

Checking the facts: Authenticity, innovation, and the media in the wake of a pandemic

Date: October 27

Time: 1:00 PM CAT

Language: English

Wits University will host a webinar during which skilled analysts discuss the “pandemic” of Covid-19 era misinformation around the world. In South Africa, the state issued a warning that: “Anyone that creates or spreads fake news about the Coronavirus Covid-19 is liable for prosecution. Verify the information before you share information.” Despite this injunction and similar warnings issued by other states, this pandemic has created the perfect conditions for misinformation and an attack on truth. Some politicians and many shadowy and some other entities are siding with lies. These questions: “why is this happening?” and “how do we slow the deception?” point us to debates about truth and a free press, that were already bubbling up before 2020. To register for the webinar, click here.

Women in Journalism: Insights from India and Nigeria

Date: October 28

Time: 10:00 AM EST

Language: English

The International Centre for Journalists will be hosting a webinar, whereby two women journalists,Teresa Rehman, an award-winning journalist and author based in northeast India. She has worked for years to bring the region’s different facets, diversity and distinct ethos to mainstream media. Her work in journalism spans India Today, the Telegraph and Tehelka. Today, she edits The Thumb Print, the e-magazine she launched.  Another amazing journalist who will be joining us is Amaka Okoye, whose forte is conflict and crisis reporting. Much of her coverage focuses on terrorism, banditry and abductions in northern Nigeria. She has travelled to even the region’s most volatile areas, including to Chibok this year to document firsthand experiences of returned Chibok Girls and of parents still waiting for their daughters seven years on. To register for the webinar, click here.

Learn how to create Facebook ads

Date: October 28

Time: 7:15 PM CAT

Language: English

Facebook ads can be a powerful marketing tool with its simple measurement and unparalleled targeting to help you cut through the noise, reach your customers and grow your business. Want to learn how to use it? BongoHive will be hosting a free training session. To register for the webinar, click here.

#ENDSARS Coverage – Pass or Fail? A reflection on media reporting of the protests.

Date: October 29

Time: 4:00 PM WAT

Language: English

Dataphyte will be hosting a webinar on the #EndSars protests. One year on, how did the media shape the narrative of the mass youth movement? To register for the webinar, click here.

Use WhatsApp to grow your business 

Date: October 29

Time: 12:00 PM WAT

Language: English

Africa No Filter will be hosting a workshop that will equip storytellers, content creators and creatives with skills to build and grow their brands and businesses. To register for the workshop, click here.

Is the freelance life for me?

Date: November 8

Time: 6:00 PM (Central U.S)

Language: English

Society of Professional Journalists will host a panel discussion with seasoned professionals who know the nuts and bolts of freelancing.
It is appropriate for college students, early-career journalists, and experienced journalists considering a transition away from the newsroom. It will be held via Zoom and registration is required. To register for the workshop, click here. 

Solutions Journalism 101 webinar

Date: November 10

Time: 2:00 PM CEST

Language: English

This Solutions Journalism Network webinar will explore the ins and outs of solutions journalism, talk about why it’s important, explain key steps in reporting a solutions story, and share tips and resources for journalists interested in investigating how people are responding to social problems. We will also explore additional resources we have on hand for your reporting, including the Solutions Story Tracker, a database of more than 12,000 stories tagged by beat, publication, author, location, and more, a virtual heat map of what’s working around the world. To register for the workshop, click here. 

Learn how to uncover disinformation online

Date: November 10

Time: 2:00 PM EAT

Language: English

Code for Africa will be offering a free masterclass for journalists to sharpen their disinformation spotting skills. Senior Investigations Manager, Allan Cheboi and Senior Investigative Technologists Robin Kiplang’at will teach you their top tracking tactics during this session. To register for the workshop, click here. 

Opportunities hunting for Journalists

Date: November 18

Time: 10am EST/ 3pm GMT

Language: English

Nigerian journalist Paul Adepoju shares and demonstrates how he finds relevant journalism opportunities. He insists there are opportunities out there, you just have to know where to find them. He will guide you on sources he turns to for the latest opportunities and will look at current ones that you can apply to in order to advance your journalism career, end 2021 on a high note, and get ready for the new year. To register, click here.

World News Media Congress 2021

Date: 29 November – 2 December

Language: English

After the disruption of 2020 and 2021, what’s next for news publishers and journalism? This year’s Congress taps the innovation, product development and hard choices that underpin the news offering the world sees each day. Join the four-day virtual WAN-IFRA Virtual World News Media Congress 2021 to hear from the best minds in the industry. To register, click here.

#JournalismAI Festival 2021

Date: 29 November – 3 December

Language: English

The worlds of artificial intelligence and journalism meet again in 2021 for the virtual #JournalismAI Festival. There will be 18 sessions across 5 days, with over 60 speakers from over 20 countries. It is free to join and all sessions will be live-streamed on YouTube. For more information, click here.

Essentials of freelancing

Date: Registration deadline is 30 November

Language: English

A practical guide to setting up your career as a freelance journalist hosted by British journalist and freelancer David Mascord. Registration is now open and will close at 16:30 GMT on Tuesday, 30 November 2021. To sign up, click here.

GIJN webinar: A conversation with Nobel Laureate Dmitry Muratov

Date: 14 December

Language: English translation available

The Global Investigative Journalism Network will sit down for an in-depth interview with 2021’s Nobel Peace Prize laureate Dmitry Muratov. Muratov is editor-in-chief of Russia’s Novaya Gazeta, the nation’s leading independent newspaper. It will be one hour long and include time for questions from the audience. To sign-up, click here.

A guide to undercover investigative journalism for multimedia outlets

Date: 16 December

Language: English

Join this interactive session with the Emmy Awards-nominated investigative journalism team at the BBC World Service’s investigative documentary BBC Africa Eye. They’ll be sharing insights and guidance on the various elements of undercover investigations: finding sources, planning production, completing production, legal issues, managing expectations, inspirations, motivations, grey areas, and more. Register here.

Reuters online training: introduction to digital journalism

Date: Anytime

Language: English

This two-hour training introduces participants to best practices in digital journalism. Using compelling images, and hands-on how-to’s, the course offers valuable insight in four modules that tackle digital newsgathering, verification and reporting, publishing effectively on social media, and wellness and resilience. Sign-up here.



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