Africa-China Reporting Project

The Wits Africa-China Reporting Project (ACRP), hosted at the Journalism Department of the University of Witwatersrand, aims to improve the quality of reporting on Africa-China issues. Despite the expanding links between the two regions, reporting has often been inadequate or polarised, either portraying China as an exploiting predator or a benign development partner. The Project aims to encourage balanced and considered reporting as Africa-China relations are further entrenched in the editorial narrative of both regions.

The Project offers reporting grants, workshops and other opportunities to African and Chinese journalists and encourages collaborations to investigate complex dynamics and uncover untold stories, with an emphasis on on-the-ground impact and perspectives to illustrate how the lives of the people of Africa are changing amid the comprehensive phenomenon of Africa-China interactions.

Please follow our latest published features, events and other news at our website Visit the How to apply for a grant page for guidelines on how to apply for reporting grants, or see Opportunities for journalists to keep up to date with all the Project’s new opportunities for journalists such a workshops and calls for applications.

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Contact information

For more information please contact the Africa-China Reporting Project at
Wits Journalism Department
12th Floor University Corner
Braamfontein, Johannesburg

Project Coordinator:
Barry van Wyk
011 717 4692

Project Research Assistant:
Bongiwe Tutu
011 717 4965

Research Associate:
Bob Wekesa
011 717 4959


Latest Reports

REPORT: Media Workshop on Reporting Africa-China Engagements – Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 5-7 Sep. 2017

The Project in partnership with Oxfam International’s Africa-China Dialogue Platform held a workshop on Reporting Africa-China Engagements: Agriculture, Climate Change, Industrialization, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Agenda 2063 for African and Chinese journalists in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on 5-7 September 2017. The Workshop exposed over 20 journalists to practical skills training, informative presentations and talks from leading figures and also included tours on 5 September in and around Addis Ababa.

Policy Brief: African perspectives on Africa-China journalism

African, Chinese and global media are important avenues through which we peek into the exponential Africa-China engagements. It is therefore important to understand the work of journalists and how they shape and are shaped by the Africa-China story. Many perceptions about China formed by African journalists come from myths, stereotypes and prejudices that spread globally about the China and the Chinese. Among others, one such rumour – which has been found to be untrue – spread by journalistic means, is that China sends convicted prisoners to work on African infrastructure projects.

Report: African Journalism Workshop, 17-28 October 2016

In October 2016 the Africa-China Reporting Project convened the African Journalism Workshop for Chinese Journalists at Wits Journalism, a practical skills training experience for Chinese journalists on how to report in and on Africa, with one week of lectures and training at Wits Journalism as well as several excursions to selected sites in Johannesburg; followed by a week of fieldwork and reporting during which the journalists pursued their selected feature topics. Nine Chinese journalists from a range of media institutions in China participated in the Workshop.

Are Africans really leaving Guangzhou? Views from the Chinese media

In early July 2016 CNN published an extensive feature on the recent trend of Africans leaving Guangzhou; of hundreds or thousands of them “giving up on the Chinese dream” amid a dollar drought and slowing economy in Africa, and hostile immigration policies and racism in China – all said to be putting the city’s competitive edge at risk. But is this really what is happening? Several Chinese reporters were sent to Guangzhou to find out.

Report: Sino-South Africa Business & Journalism Seminar, July 8, 2016