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Sixteenth  Issue 
1 August  2018 


new information new conversation new ideas

What can be expected from SABC 2.0

Transformation and change has come to South Africa’s public broadcaster, the SABC, with the announcement of a soon to be launched streaming app. Chief operations officer, Chris Maroleng made the announcement at this year’s Radio Days Africa conference in Johannesburg.

The app, expected to be launched in September or October this year marks a move to digital allowing audiences to interface with the organization more effectively.

Speaking about his first 100 days in office, Maroleng also touched on the sweeping changes that will be seen at the state broadcaster in efforts to fix significant damages that have affected the way the SABC serves the people of South Africa. He says the SABC has been marred by significant challenges that have affected its reputation and its standing as the national broadcaster. Read more

Innovator Q&A: Kirsty Watermeyer from Namibia’s Master Your Destiny 
Who said good news stories do not sell? 
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African Tech Round-up taking the village to the world
The team is taking Africa to the world through their #VillageDiaries series and other exciting plans in the pipeline
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How a political satire puppet show unsettled the Kenyan elite

The XYZ Show pushes the satirical envelope without offending those in power, but at the same time, telling the full story” Read more

Audience analytics made easy

Join us for a clinic and discussion on understanding metrics for the newsroom and how newsrooms can use analytics better. Read more


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.

What’s on!


August 2018

7          Johannesburg,                     South Africa

15         Johannesburg,                      South Africa

30 –        Johannesburg,
9 Sept    South Africa

Audience analytics made easy
Join us for a clinic and discussion on understanding metrics for the newsroom and how newsrooms can use analytics betterDaily Mavericks: The Gathering Media Edition 
Daily Maverick’s annual event is dedicated to supporting and showcasing a strong, independent media. The event will highlight the potential social consequences of the challenges in the media landscape. Some of the speakers who have already confirmed their participation include Mbuyiseni Ndlozi, Phumzile van Damme, Chris Maroleng, Ferial Haffajee, Rana Ayyub, John Vlismas, Stephen Grootes, MarianneThamm, and many others.

Faku’gesi African Digital Innovation Festival
An electrifying ten-day programme celebrating the power of innovative collaboration. Stand up with us to claim creative technology as the beating heart of Africa. The festival offers free workshops, conference, laboratories, parties, exhibitions, hack-a-thons, music, films, artists, games, innovation riots and much more.

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


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