What we’re reading this week
Take a look at some of the things we are currently reading in our newsroom that you should be aware of
With the US presidential election now (hopefully) behind us, Poynter interviewed several journalists from around the world to gauge their views on the coverage of the Trump/Biden campaigns, the issues facing journalists today and what the future holds for U.S. journalists. And it turns out that the challenges facing newsrooms around the world are not that unique from country to country. But one thing is clear, it is becoming increasingly treacherous to do your job as a journalist in this era.
Columbia Journalism Review | What will the press do without Trump?
Speaking of US elections … With Donald Trump out of office and a more diplomatic, presidential Joe Biden stepping into his shoes, many are asking what will the press do without Trump, the man we all loved to hate? The CJR’s Bill Grueskin writes: “Trump, who craves the spotlight the way a kitten craves the sunny corner of a rug, will demand to be seen and heard. It will take every ounce of self-control that journalists can muster to resist his insistence on getting attention and air time.” Read this fascinating take and make up your own mind.
International Finance Corporation | e-Conomy Africa 2020 — Africa’s $180bn internet economy future
The e-Conomy Africa 2020 report by Google and the International Finance Corporation estimates that Africa’s internet economy will be valued at $180bn by 2025 accounting for 5.2% of Africa’s gross domestic product. “Driving this growth is a combination of increased access to faster and better quality Internet connectivity, a rapidly expanding urban population, a growing tech talent pool, a vibrant startup ecosystem, and Africa’s commitment to creating the world’s largest single market under the African Continental Free Trade Area.” Read the full report here.
Harvard Business Review | You’re delegating. It’s not working. Here’s why
What’s the point of hiring highly capable team members if you, as a leader are not able to properly delegate tasks? This piece in the Harvard Business Review ponders this dilemma — often leaving team members frustrated and managers overwhelmed — and shares why a one-size-fits-all approach to delegation often falls flat. There are some helpful ideas for managers in particular, but everyone who has ever worked in a team will find this article useful.