Fifteenth  Issue 
29 June 2018 


new information new conversation new ideas

Innovator Q&A: Botswana’s INK Centre for Investigative Journalism managing partner Joel Konopo

After seasoned investigative journalist Joel Konopo was arrested with his colleagues trying to get a closer look at building works at former President Khama’s country home, he used satellite imagery to investigate further. Konopo is currently the co-managing partner at the INK Centre for Investigative Journalism – a non-profit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest in Botswana.

Konopo, who was also part of a team of journalists who worked on the Panama Papers that also implicated business people in Botswana, shares some insight into some of the work they are doing and how they have resorted to the use of drones and satellite to serve accountability and transparency. Read more

How to: Create the best newsletters
The newsletter is your readers’ local or national newspaper 2.0 delivered to their doorstep. So, why has the humble newsletter endured and why is it becoming popular again? Read more

How to support a stronger, independent Kenyan press
What are some of those solutions that are needed to overcome the political and economic pressures that limit the media’s ability to report freely? Read more

New guidelines on working with whistleblowers in the digital age

Investigative journalism that relies on confidential sources and whistleblowers has proven essential to maintenance of democracies and open societies internationally. Read more

There is no giving up for Media Factory

A technical glitch nearly derailed Media Factory’s plans for a content agency platform, but they found a way around it. 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!


July 2018

3-6        Johannesburg,                     South Africa

5        Johannesburg,                     South Africa

Radio Days Africa
Registration is still open for the ninth annual Radio Days Africa conference. It is the largest radio conference on the African continent hosting more than 300 delegates yearly with about 60 speakers from the continent and across the globe. The conference has particular focus on the commercial sector, public and community radio as well as new technologies, and innovations.Podmeet
If you are involved in a podcast or would like to start, Podmeet is for you. Reserve your free seat for this session and connect with others in the field, and be inspired by the speakers. This next meetup is in partnership with the Radio Days Africa conference. Send an email to by 2 July to reserve your seat.

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