Reuters Institute | African podcasters are now recognised globally. Can they transform this success into a viable business?

Podcasting is becoming increasingly popular in Africa. Despite structural issues and limited internet penetration, the medium attracts audiences in search of new ideas and captivating stories. This article explores the rise of podcasting in the continent with the help of six African journalists and founders working in the space. Read the article here. 

The Verge | TweetDeck is officially becoming a paid service

TweetDeck, the social media scheduling platform owned by Twitter, now called X, has this week finally made the site a paid-for service after promising to do so for months. This will be upsetting for smaller newsrooms that benefit from using it compared to other premium products. But this all forms part of the plans of Elon Musk, the owner of X, to entice subscribers onto the platform that was previously free. Read the article here.

WAN IFRA | How short-form video is helping The Economist gain young users

The business news publication has an audience of 61 million across various social media sites and a fifth of its website traffic comes from social media. They launched a TikTok account just over a year ago and the majority of its audience there is under the age of 35. This is how they have managed to reel in younger readers. Learn more here.

Voice of America | Shift in media freedoms a concern for Senegalese journalists

Internet shutdowns, a TikTok ban and journalist arrests show a downward trend in press freedom in Senegal, a country once hailed as an example of democratic success. Press freedom advocates and journalists in the country say the decline comes amid mass protests over the arrest of a key opposition figure and ahead of elections scheduled for early 2024. Read the article here.

The North Africa Post | Press freedom increasingly under threat in sub-Saharan, southern Africa

Journalists in sub-Saharan and southern Africa have faced a multitude of attacks, arrests, harassment, detentions and censorship, which has sparked grave concern from media activists and journalists. Read the article here.

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