30 April 2020

Welcome to this weeks newsletter. We hope this email finds you well.

We will be hosting a few webinars in the coming weeks on Covid-19 issues and innovative solutions for the African journalism community. Please email us at jamlab@journalism.co.za if you have any specific topics you’d like us to cover.

Best regards,
Jamlab Africa team 

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Will the coronavirus kill journalism too?

The traditional business model for news organisations which rests on subscriptions and advertising is simply dying. And the present Covid-19 crisis may be exacerbating a problem that has been unfolding all along. This can be seen in numerous newsrooms in Africa and the rest of the world.We share some strategies for financial survival for newsrooms. Read more

Audio editing platforms for podcasters and audio producers

Top African podcasters review and share some tips on audio editing platforms they use for their shows. Read more

What were reading this week in our newsroom

Take a look at some of things we are currently reading in our newsroom. Read more

Jamlab accelerator programme blogs


Future-proof. There’s always a lesson in preparation
pocketstudio’s Siyabonga Mkholo reflects on building a business with the endgame in mind. Read more

Startups navigating the digital divide
Although Covid-19 has delayed Jabari Development Agency’s grassroots efforts, it has also opened up pockets of opportunities. Read more

Ignore the Covid-19 productivity porn. This is a marathon
Lockdown is no picnic, but it’s not all bad news, writes Track My Mayor’s Liesl Pretorius. Read more

Coming up

World Press Freedom Day // 3 May // This day acts as a reminder to governments of the need to respect their commitment to press freedom and is also a day of reflection among media professionals about issues of press freedom and professional ethics.

Radio Days Africa // 1 – 3 July // Radio Days Africa is the largest radio conference in Africa. It is presented by Wits under the auspices of the Department of Journalism at the University of Witwatersrand. The conference aims to stimulate learning, engagement, conversation, and thinking around various aspects of the radio business in an African context.

For your calendar. Find more details on the above listed events and check out the international journalism event calendar.

Opportunities & Awards

Criminal Justice Reporting grants 2020 // TBC // The Wits Justice Project (WJP) is inviting journalists to submit proposals for reporting grants of up to ZAR25 000 for in-depth investigations focused on criminal justice and related issues.

Kurt Schork Awards in International Journalism // 31 May // The Kurt Schork Memorial Fund (KSMF) is now accepting submissions for its 2020 awards in international journalism. The fund aims to support freelancers and local reporters whose work is often poorly paid, mostly unsung and all too often fraught with danger.

Money Trail grants // 15 June // In Money Trail, Journalismfund.eu offers working grants for (teams of) African, Asian and European journalists to investigate cross-border illicit financial flows, tax abuse and corruption in Africa, Asia and Europe.

Interested in any of these? Follow this link for information on these opportunities.

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

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Jamlab is a programme of Wits Journalism and the Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct in partnership with Journalists for Human Rights and Ryerson University. Jamlab is grateful for the generous support of Naspers.

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