Ground Up | Can journalists publish ‘stolen’ information?

In the last few years, there has been an increase in whistleblowers, with many former employees sharing information about their companies with journalists. But are there any legal repercussions for journalists who unlawfully obtain and share information? According to South African law and the Constitution, journalists can publish information that was obtained unlawfully if it is in the public interest. Read the article here

New Era | Generative AI and journalism: A catalyst or roadblock for African newsrooms?

The benefits and dangers of artificial intelligence (AI) for journalism and African newsrooms have been fiercely debated with some journalists and newsmakers raising concerns about the potential dangers of AI for the journalism industry. Whilst others have said that AI can have major benefits for journalism by helping to produce better quality journalism at a faster rate. Read more about it here

News24 | Top Lesotho journalist gunned down outside radio station

Ralikonelo Joki, was shot 13 times on May 12 after he left work at privately owned radio station Ts’enolo FM. Joki was the host of the primetime current affairs show Hlokoana-La-Tsela (I heard it through the grapevine) and the show was known for its efforts to address government policy, agriculture, and corruption. Joki had exposed five politicians for their involvement in the illegal trade of alcohol. Journalists in the country are concerned about their safety and the continued restrictions on media freedom. After his death, the country has been placed on a nationwide lockdown. Read the article here

Tech Crunch | Audio journalism app Curio can now create personalised episodes using AI

Curio, a startup building a platform that turns expert journalism into professionally narrated content, has introduced AI-powered technology that will create customised audio episodes, based on prompts. Curio allows users to show it a question and then ‘Rio’ who is the AI helper responds with an episode that includes only fact-checked content. Read the article here. | How can journalists learn SEO and why do they need to?

Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) is the practice of orienting a website to rank higher on a search engine results page (SERP) so that it can receive more traffic. SEO is increasingly becoming important and journalists are being encouraged to write articles with SEO in mind but how can journalists write SEO-based articles? Read more here.

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