The theme for Press Freedom Day this year was “Journalism under Digital Siege”. It looked at issues regarding media censorship and the harassment and violation of journalists’ rights. The fraycollege #JournalismTalks Twitter Space, hosted by Fray on May 5th, aimed to understand and touch on the transparency of digital platforms, empowering citizens with media and informed literacy and media viability.
In April this year, millions celebrated Passover and Easter, and are participating in Ramadan. Faith plays an integral part in the lives of many Africans, influencing their art, culture, and way of life. However, the practice of faith is largely absent in mainstream media, which has one asking the question: is religious coverage not really a story enough?
Trust is part and parcel of a healthy media ecosystem, said International Press Institute (IPI) chair Khadija Patel. Patel was speaking on a panel looking at trust and sustainability. The Twitter Space was hosted by fraycollege CEO Paula Fray who was joined by Professor and Director of the Centre for Film and Media Studies at the University of Cape Town, Herman Wasserman, News24 Assistant Breaking News Editor Sheldon Morias and Sonny Swe, founder and CEO of Frontier Myanmar.
What is the impact of women leadership in the media? Do we lose anything by not putting women in leadership positions in the media space? Can we make changes that ensure more women take up leadership roles in the media? These were some of the questions addressed in the fraycollege JournalismTalks Twitter Space hosted by fraycollege CEO Paula Fray.
Community plays a pivotal role in informing our communities. Journalists in this sector, and other sectors such as mainstream, have in the past two years played a masterful role to inform their audiences. This training will come in handy as we empower our journalists to be upskilled, as they report on this pandemic, and other challenges in the near future.
As Russia’s invasion of Ukraine unfolded and as the scale of the horror emerged, so too did an unsettling form of its coverage for many western media organisations. The coverage was framed differently to other wars. It was this different approach that came under the spotlight during a Twitter Space hosted by fraycollege on Thursday, 3 March 2022. The discussion followed a scathing statement by the Foreign Press Association, Africa (FPA Africa), about the framing of the coverage of Ukraine
Gender-based violence (GBV), human rights violations and violence against young girls saw a massive spike during the Covid-19 lockdown. So much so that it’s been labelled the “shadow pandemic”. How the media covered violence against women and girls during the lockdown was the focus of a discussion at the “Putting Gender on the Media Agenda” webinar hosted by fraycollege and the International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) on Tuesday, 01 March 2022.
Systemic issues, gender bias, known stereotypes and queerness were just some of the topics discussed by a panel of experts during the “Putting Gender on the Media Agenda” webinar hosted by fraycollege and the International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) on Tuesday, 01 March 2022. The webinar was a culmination of the Gender Justice Training Programme – a six-month programme presented jointly for South African and Ugandan journalists – supported by the IWMF.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had far-reaching impacts for all economic sectors, but as front-line workers, it has had acute impacts on journalists. Journalists’ financial, physical and electronic safety and security has been challenged, leading to poorer news content and impacting their capacity to fulfill their role as they should in reporting in an emergency of this nature.
This year, during the virtual Future of Journalism Education in Southern Africa conference, the Namibian Media Trust (NMT) is delighted to launch the ‘Teaching Media Policy in Africa: A handbook for media educators’ to help them address this gap.
The launch will take place on 16 November, 2021 at 09h00 CAT.
fraycollege is opening applications for the inaugural Occupational Certificate: Journalist accredited by the QTCO which starts in January 2022. The year-long-course, offers school leavers a practical certificate for a multiplatform communications environment with facilitation by experienced journalists and communicators.
Free 4 Week Online Course focusing on The Right to Information in Africa for Supply-side Actors’ eLearning course content was developed by international experts. It aims to empower African government officials to navigate legislation and fulfil their mandate to promote information access in line with international commitments.
Amid a devastating surge of Covid infections, the South African National Editors Forum (SANEF) has launched a guide, developed with a focus on the needs of community media. The guide produced in close partnership with fraycollege and Internews, draws on experiences of journalists infected and affected by the pandemic.
fraycollege hosted a webinar on the power of telling Africa’s stories. The webinar looked at best practices, latest trends, the role of multi-media and social platforms in story telling. Using real case studies we looked at how we tell Africa’s stories, how audiences consume stories and how to give power to your stories.
The stories we are told and the stories we tell each other about Africa have the power to shape what we think and influence how we act. This, according to Moky Makura of Africa No Filter. She says shifting the narrative about Africa is important, because what the world believes about the continent is also what the continent believes about itself.
Writing the first draft of history is a big responsibility. This, according to award-winning journalist and fraycollege facilitator, Jamaine Krige. Speaking to Media Management graduates, she said that by amplifying voices that would otherwise not be heard and including them in history’s first draft, journalists can bring about real change.
With the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic, every aspect of life as we knew it changed. This included disruptions to the news and media landscape. But if so, much could change in just one year, what can the industry and industry leaders do to prepare themselves and their teams for the newsrooms of the future?
The Covid-19 pandemic has justifiably dominated news headlines for more than a year. While it remains an important local, national and global story, it’s not the only one to tell. The industry must take the lessons learned over the past year forward for maximum impact in a post-Covid news environment.
Khanyile is the editor and co-founder of Umbele, an isiZulu online business publication. She says a few months after attending the course, she was appointed editor of Isolezwe newspaper, the flagship isiZulu publication of Independent Media. She has also worn the hats of a financial journalist and sportswriter.
fraycollege alumnus Nwabisa Makunga is the editor of Sowetan newspaper, a position she stepped into as the effects of the global Covid-19 pandemic were starting to be felt in South Africa. Nwabisa is no stranger to working under immense pressure, but nothing could prepare her for sitting at the helm of one of South Africa’s largest newspapers amid a global health crisis.
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