28 May 2020

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The month of May is recognised as Africa month – a time where we celebrated the achievements made in the development of this  great continent. Celebrations on the continent culminated on Africa Day, May 25, as a day to commemorate the founding of what is known as the African Union today.

For Jamlab Africa, May is also special for us. May 29 marks our third anniversary. We are grateful to all those who continue to support the growth of this project, our funders, partners and you, the journalism and media practitioners on the continent. In this edition, find our reflection on the past three years and some of the plans we have for the future.

Best regards,
Jamlab Africa team 

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The Journalism and Media Lab Africa at Three!

May 29 marks three full years since this project began. The founding purpose of the lab is to support innovation that grows and transforms journalism and media in Africa, developing media that meets the needs of more audiences through innovation, entrepreneurship and research. We reflect on the past three years and share some exciting news. Read more


Publishing for WhatsApp? Here are three great ways to do it
Three innovative projects showcase how they are using WhatsApp for publishing in. Read more


CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Journalism and media innovation reporting grants 2020
Applicants are encouraged to submit proposals that focus on enabling media professionals to find information they need to help them innovate. Read more


How to move on-site events to online
Here are some ideas on how to switch from what was previously planned as an on-site event to online. Read more


What we are reading this week
An occasional column on the stories on media innovation that are intriguing, engaging or alarming us. Read more

Opportunities & Awards

Fact-checking Development Grant // TBC // The Poynter Institute’s International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) will receive $1 million in funding from YouTube to support the fact-checking community in its battle against misinformation. Fact-checking organisations from all over the world can apply for up to $50,000.

Money Trail grants // 15 June // In Money Trail, Journalismfund.eu offers working grants for (teams of) African, Asian and European journalists to investigate cross-border illicit financial flows, tax abuse and corruption in Africa, Asia and Europe.

lsu Elihle Awards // 30 June // Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) invites journalists within the African continent to apply for the lsu Elihle Awards. MMA’s awards seek to give children a voice and highlight the status of children in Africa.

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

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.

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

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Jamlab is a programme of Wits Journalism and the Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct in partnership with Journalists for Human Rights and Ryerson University. Jamlab is grateful for the generous support of Naspers.

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