Eleventh  Issue 
9 February 2018 


new information new conversation new ideas

Welcome to your first edition of the JAMLAB Africa e-newsletter for 2018.

We kick off the year with a focus on mobile journalism with an interview with journalist Yusuf Omar, a South African who is a global leader in mobile and who has worked for eNCA, Hindustan Times in India and CNN in London. Check out all the articles in this newsletter and on jamlab.africa. Lookout for more Mojo articles in subsequent editions. We share two reports: one on the Top 30 startups that will help accelerate your newsroom in 2018 and the other on the future of journalism and predictions for 2018.

Just in case you missed the news, three teams from the 2017 JAMLAB Accelerator programme were selected as winners of the South Africa Media Innovation Program’s (SAMIP) first Innovation Challenge. The nine teams will share a pool of grant money aimed at helping them achieve specific goals that will advance their projects.

We look forward to supporting more innovators and bring new information, new ideas and new conversations across Africa.

JAMLAB Africa Team

Innovator Q&A: Yusuf Omar on Mojo and Hashtag Our Stories

Mobile journalist, Yusuf Omar, is one half of Hashtag Our Stories, an initiative dedicated to training communities around the world in using mobile tools to tell their stories. After having done a world tour, travelling to over 25 countries teaching communities how to tell their stories, Omar has returned to South Africa to launch the project on home soil calling it Hashtag Our SA. The co-founder aims to create an entire news network in all 11 South African languages, which will be created on mobile phones and also teach South African communities how to tell their own stories. Hashtag Our SA will be headquartered in Durban and will be launched in English and isiZulu. Read more

Mojo in the classroom
Seven lessons learned in a year teaching mobile journalism

As mobile journalism becomes more widely used, tertiary institutions are building ‘Mojo’ into formal journalism degrees.  Read more

Journalism, media, and technology trends and predictions 2018

Publishers around the world are concerned about the power of platforms but think their own failings may be a bigger problem  Read more

Mojo in the field 
How to: Do a mobile journalism story

From covering news as it happens to current affairs and political news, mobile journalism (Mojo) has become an essential skill for journalists. Read more

Africa’s first digital journalism MOOC

The StoryLab Academy teaches African journalists ways to modernise digital storytelling techniques through Moocs. Read more

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

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