Monthly newsletter for African journalism educators, produced by Fojo Media Institute and Wits Journalism, part of the Consortium for Human Rights and Media in Africa (CHARM).

Winds of change blowing in Zambian media

The new Zambian administration that was elected in the August election, seems to be sticking to the promise of introducing media reforms and enhancing freedom of expression in the southern African nation. Getting the ball rolling, newly-appointed information and media...

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Investigative journalism conference in five cities

The 17th annual African Investigative Journalism Conference (AIJC) will be held from 11 to 15 October, with three full days of conferencing (October 11-13), and two more days of intensive online training (October 13-15). The AIJC 2021 will be breaking new ground by...

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Not yet uhuru for journalists and media in Africa

Media freedom is still a dream in several African countries as authorities continue to detain journalists and order the shutting down of newspapers, among other repressive measures. The Commission to Protect Journalists (CPJ) continues to document shocking incidents...

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University of Pretoria launches Media Think Tank

The University of Pretoria’s (UP) Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) has established the Media Leadership Think Tank, which it said was aimed at dealing with pressing issues facing the media and audio-visual industries on their impact to democracy. Veteran...

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Concern over threats to media freedom in Southern Africa

The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) has written a letter to the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to express concerns on “attacks on the media which have included, arbitrary arrests and detention, physical assaults, crippling fines, closure of...

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Journalists urged to prioritise ethical journalism

The Liberian media has been urged to prioritise ethical journalism which, according to the leader of the People's Liberation Party (PLP), Dr Daniel E. Cassell, begins with truth-telling. Dr Cassell also told members of the Liberian media that despite the risks...

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We welcome input from all our readers. Such input could include, but not limited to news articles, papers, research reports and general comments, among others.

Please send them to: enock.sithole@wits.ac.za. Our WhatsApp number is +27 76 452 7990.

Fojo ToolkitAfrican Check and Fojo Media Institute have developed this fact-checking and verification toolkit for African journalists. It aims to equip journalists with the knowledge and practical tips to stop the spread of false information. This toolkit, which was developed as the world was in the midst of its battle against the Covid-19 pandemic, provides an easily understandable overview of fact-checking with a focus on health information.

Resources and opportunities

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Rainforest Journalism Fund

The Pulitzer Center invites journalists working on projects related to tropical rainforests to submit a proposal to the Rainforest Journalism Fund. The Pulitzer Center will pay for costs associated with reporting projects on tropical rainforests, with an emphasis on issues that have gone unreported or under-reported in the local media. For details and to apply, click here.

Deadline: Rolling

Rapid Response Fund

The Rapid Response Fund aims to facilitate the digital emergency response community to resolve threats in a timely and comprehensive manner for individuals, communities, and organisations whose free expression has recently been repressed. To resolve digital emergencies, OTF offers both direct financial support as well as technical services from trusted partners to high-risk people and organisations, such as bloggers, cyber activists, journalists, and human rights defenders. For details and to apply, click here.

Deadline: Rolling

Howard G. Buffett Fund For Women Journalists

The Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists, the first funding initiative of its kind, enables the International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) to dramatically expand its support of women journalists. Promoting the work and advancing the role of women in the news media across the globe is critical to transparency and a diversity of voices. For details and to apply, click here.

Deadline: Rolling

If you have any opportunities for journalism, media and communication academics or professions, please share them with us, we will publish them for free. Email them to enock.sithole@wits.ac.za. 

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