News organisations are wracking their brains on how to get people to their sites. This study has some answers.

By Juliana Sutanto

Few industries have suffered more disruption from the internet than the news media. Over two decades or more, journalism has been hit by a “perfect storm” due to the loss of geographical monopolies that national and regional news organisations once enjoyed as well as the emergence of amateur content producers such as bloggers.

Perhaps what is the most disruptive element of this assault on news organisations is the “unbundling” of content production and content aggregation — or, in layperson’s terms, the fact that most people aren’t getting their news directly from news sites but via social media…

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Reuters | Reuters goes behind a paywall

Reuters will begin charging for access to its website as it tries to capture a slice of the digital subscription business. The company, one of the largest news organizations in the world, announced the new paywall on Thursday, as well as a redesigned website aimed at a “professional” audience wanting business, financial and general news.

Kendra Albert Blog | Chatham House Should Not Rule

The Chatham House rule states that any person that attends a meeting is free to use the information from the discussion but cannot reveal who made the comment. However Kendra Albert says that the rule prevents people from receiving credit, which essentially means the participation…

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IOL | WHO, Facebook launch campaign in Africa to spot fake Covid-19 and vaccine news

Facebook launched a new campaign in 10 African countries to help combat fake news or help people spot fake news. The ‘Together Against Covid-19 Misinformation’ campaign in partnership with WHO allows people to use a series of graphics with tips to help them spot fake news. The campaign was rolled out in both English and French.

Poynter | A Q&A with The Atlantic’s Ed Yong on journalism that matters in moments of crisis

Ed Yong, a prolific science writer talks about reporting during covid-19, the challenge of misinformation particularly surrounding covid-19 and the impact of 2020 on his mental health. …

We’ve updated this lists of other journalism and media accelerators around the world

About a year after launching Jamlab we collated a list of similar initiatives focused on media innovation we could find through the internet.

At the time and as far as we knew, Jamlab was the first accelerator or incubator programme in Africa that focused on journalism and media. But over the year’s we’ve come to learn that there are a lot more initiatives that are alike which support innovation in media.

Two years since that initial list, we felt it was key that we update it. …

A report on the challenges African journalists and others in the global south faced as a result of the global pandemic

The global media landscape has changed over the past 10 years with journalism facing a range of problems such as the disruption in traditional media as a result of the fast changing digital space, to fake news and the rising distrust in journalism. When Covid-19 hit, it exacerbated these and other existing problems within the journalism industry.

In a new report by the Thomson Reuters Foundation, Damian Radcliffe unpacks seven main themes, which were challenges faced by journalists over the past year in emerging economies and the global south. …

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Columbia Journalism Review | The journalism crisis across the world

As a result of the pandemic many newsrooms across the globe have had to let go of staff or cut salaries. Researchers and media reporters in some countries have been tracking media industry cutbacks due to the pandemic and have found that media outlets and newsrooms across the world are in crisis.

Health-e News | Community media left behind in the fight against the COVID-19 infodemic

The challenges of covering the pandemic for journalists in community media can be particulaly difficult. Citizen journalists have to balance between interpreting scientific data and telling the human story. Even though these journalists are immersed in their communities they may lack the skills required of complex stories.

Business Daily| African journalists ‘hounded’ into exile


Have a look at this list of fellowships, grants, awards and other opportunities with fast-approaching April deadlines

One World Media Fellowship

The One World Media Fellowship seeks aspiring journalists and filmmakers who are interested in reporting on stories from the global south. The fellowship particularly encourages submissions from underrepresented groups and is open to people around the world. Successful applicants will receive a £1,000 production grant, career mentorship, and an executive producer for your project among other opportunities. For more information and details on how to apply click here.

Deadline | April 7

Google News Initiative Innovation Challenge

Google has launched its second innovation in Africa and the Middle East as it continues to show support for the news media industry worldwide. The call is open…

Africans cannot continue to allow outside sources to define their stories

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Africans cannot continue to allow outside sources to define their stories, said Moky Makura, executive director of Africa No Filter, speaking at the Jamlab Meetup virtual series on reclaiming African narratives through storytelling.

Three organisations are actively seeking to shift African narratives.

Brittle Paper, a digital content creation platform centred on African literature, believes that central to this rethinking is how we reclaim African literature. The platform aims to cultivate a fun and informative environment for African literature lovers and show that there is more to African literature than stories of suffering, said founder Ainehi Edoro.

The space sets out…

What needs to be considered or to happen next to advance this agenda? And who must do what about it?

This Jamlab Meetup in collaboration with the Civic Tech Innovation Network aimed to reflect upon work that is being done to decolonise African narratives through storytelling.

The conversation centered around ways in which journalism, media and civic tech communities can contribute to reshaping African narratives.

Panellists included Moky Makura, executive director of Africa No Filter; Herman Chinery-Hesse, founder and chairman of SoftTribe and Afrikan Echoes and Ainehi Edoro, founder and editor-in-chief of Brittle Paper.

Watch the full conversation below.


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Global Voices | The difficulties journalists face covering the Covid-19 pandemic in three African countries

Three senior journalists from Nigeria, Ghana, and Côte d’Ivoire have provided insight into the challenges of reporting the news during the pandemic. These included working with face masks, sanitiser, and protective gear which created mistrust between them and the locals while conducting interviews. The journalists also reveal that they encountered the common issue of combatting fake news and misinformation around localised African traditions. Poor internet connection further proved to be a major stumbling block.

Mail & Guardian | Unfit for office: The perils of reporting on the president’s health

In light of the recent death of Tanzanian president John Magufuli due to Covid-19 complications, this piece reflects on the difficulties that African journalists encounter when…

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