The African Journalism Educators’ Network (Ajen) was formally founded at a round table meeting in Kigali, Rwanda, on August 28. Attended by over 50 journalism educators from various Sub-Saharan Africa countries, the round table meeting also adopted the network’s constitution
Individuals and news organisations should experiment with AI, but in a carefully supervised way, Charlie Beckett, director of POLIS at the London School of Economics, told the round table of the African Journalistm Educators’ Network in Kigali.
Sisanda Nkoala, senior lecturer in the Cape Peninsula University of Technology’s Media Department, believes in a purpose-driven life.
Former Unesco director of the division of freedom of expression and media development, Prof Guy Berger, has urged African journalism educators to connect with each other and relevant stakeholders in order to increase their social capital.
The Unesco project on Excellence in Journalism Education in Africa has selected 10 proposals for funding. The 10 were among 53 proposals from 23 countries from all five regions of the continent. They will each receive $15 500.
The international NGO African Women in Media (AWiM) plans to hold its 2023 conference in Kigali, Rwanda, on the topic of “Media and Violence”. The organization, which brings together African women working in media around the world, has also launched AWiMLearning, which offers capacity building for female journalists
Prof Monica Chibita, dean of the Faculty of Journalism, Media, and Communication at the Uganda Christian University, acknowledges how different the contemporary media landscape is from the past but maintains that media should not lose sight of its foundations.
Women remain underrepresented across various sectors in our society, including elected representatives, business executives, academia, and the media. AJENda reached out to Catherine Gicheru, the founder and head of the Africa Women Journalism Project for insights into gender in journalism and how to create more inclusive and safe spaces for women in the media.
Two Zimbabwean journalism academics, Prof Mphathisi Ndlovu of the National University of Science and Technology and Golden Maunganidze of the Great Zimbabwe University School of Media and Communication, discussed the situation journalism education in the country with Ajenda..
The Théophraste Network, a global network of French-speaking journalism training schools, is tackling several contemporary challenges facing journalism education. Ajenda reached out to the network’s president, Mamadou Ndiaye for more.