Columbia Journalism Review | The state of journalism in Ethiopia 

Media freedom in Ethiopia has always been fragile and the recent arrests of journalists and people who have spoken out against the government has further threatened media freedom. In a statement the government said that it will “continue to take irreversible measures on individuals involved in illegal activities who are planning and working to create havoc and chaos, also on those wearing a cloak of media outlets and journalists.” Read the article here.


The Guardian Nigeria | Nigerian media space needs more investment – Tomiwa Aladekomo

The CEO of Big Cabal Media, which owns youth publications Zikoko and TechCabal, shares how the company’s digital strategy has made them one of the fastest-growing in the country. He also speaks out about what Nigerian media needs to do better to gain a footing in digital media. Read the article here


Voice of America | Journalist in distress? Zimbabwe has an app for that  

The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) has created a new app that will help Zimbabwe’s journalists stay safe in environments in which they are at risk. Journalists in distress can press a ‘Trigger’ icon on the app, which immediately alerts MISA and key contacts to the emergency and the person’s location. Read the article here. | What journalists need to know about product thinking

Product thinking is a technique designed to understand user problems and then provide a solution, so how can this be implemented in a newsroom by journalists? Read the article here. 

INMA | What does 2023 hold for news media companies?

Now that we’ve reached the first half of the year and the media is picking up the pieces in a post-pandemic world, the industry is looking ahead to what the next year holds. Subscriptions, product thinking, advertising, and retaining talent are named as some of the top priority issues media companies should pay close attention to. Read the article here.

GIJN | 9 best practices for investigating refugee issues

Reporting on refugees and asylum seekers requires a certain degree of sensitivity and this guide offers nine useful tips for journalists to report in an ethical manner. Read the article here. 

The New York Times | Sheryl Sandberg is stepping down from Meta

The chief operating officer of Facebook’s parent company is leaving after 14 years in the role. Sandberg joined the Meta in 2008 when the tech firm was still finding its feet and helped transform it into a behemoth in the world of technology. She plans on focusing on her philanthropy work and Lean In foundation. Read the article here

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