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).

Kenyan media not different from western media – scholar

Kenyan media scholar, Osman Osman, has accused his country’s mass media of covering northern Kenya in the same was that media outlets of the “global north" covered Africa. Writing in the online newsletter The Elephant, Osman said the Kenyan media’s coverage of the...

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Does the media represent diversity?

University of Pretoria vice-chancellor, Prof Tawana Kupe, has thrown the cat among the pigeons, questioning whether the media represented diversity in society or merely reproduced stereotypes, biases and prejudices. Prof Kupe was delivering his inaugural lecture since...

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Dr Olaiya to boost communication scholarship in Nigeria

The Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program has awarded Anderson University College of Arts and Sciences professor of English, Dr. Kalawole Olaiya, a fellowship to work with Nigeria’s Wesley University in Ondo, collaborating on research, developing curriculum,...

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Join Jamfest for a feast of media innovation

Wits Journalism’s Jamlab will be hosting the inaugural Jamfest, an African media and information festival directed at a diverse set of African media makers and media publics. This inaugural festival will be hosted virtually from 13 – 17 September 2021, showcasing new...

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Database of independent digital media

Jamlab is looking to build a media database, where it will list established independent digital journalism and media organisations or platforms in Africa. The database will include platforms, publications, or organisations operating within digital media in Africa. To...

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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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