Thirteenth  Issue 
13 April 2018 


new information new conversation new ideas

What tools do we need to combat misinformation in SA?

Journalism — news and information produced by people who check facts, who aim to separate information from opinion and who commit to distinguishing fact from fiction — has been hacked. Hacked, intentionally or not, by the online platforms — including Google, Facebook and YouTube — on which media has become highly dependent. And hacked by ‘bad actors’ like Cambridge Analytica, the managers of Gupta-bots and others exploiting the data and algorithms of the online platforms and who are intent on undermining trust in a common public sphere. How do we hack back and reaffirm the standards of journalism? Read more

Innovator Q&A: Anne-Marie Legault on the Health Toolbox

The platform is aimed at building trust and stronger relationships between African health experts and journalists, in turn increasing the speed at which journalists are able to access information. Read more

Beyond page views: How to use metrics that matter

There are lots of different tools to measure analytics in the newsroom, but Google Analytics is one of the most widely used — plus it’s free, which means that almost any newsroom can use it to measure performance on their site. Read more

Volume making great strides

Having completed their six months on JamLab’s accelerator programme, the team is well on its way to making an invaluable impact on community radio. 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.

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. Submit your idea by April 30


Online pitch battles in the Startups for News competition are still underway with two teams battling it out for votes in the seventh round. Only one more round is left, whereafter the final eight teams will battle it out at the Global Editors Network Summit in Lisbon this May.

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

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