The Journalism and Media Lab (JAMLAB) is an innovation lab and incubator supporting innovation in African journalism and media. JAMLAB is a programme of the Wits Centre for Journalism and the Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct in partnership with Ryerson University, Toronto and Journalists for Human Rights. The programme has also received support by the Open Society Foundations Independent Journalism Programme and the Canadian Fund for Local Initiatives.
JAMLAB aims to provide innovators with information, inspiration and networks to support more, and more successful new ideas. Our incubator programme runs for six months each year, giving selected teams workspace, coaching and mentorship. Three teams of our 2017 cohort received investment of R1,5m since participating in the programme.
We publish an online magazine which showcases innovations and innovators, share experiences of using new technologies and tools and provide access to research. The goal is not only to publish stories, but to hopefully contribute to growing a network of innovators and to help build a ‘community of practice’ of media makers that can support each other by sharing advice and experience.