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, the latest trends, the role of multi-media and social platforms in modern 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.
FP&M Seta’s PK Naiker shared his lessons for the future with Media Management graduate. Highlighting traditional leadership skills are not sufficient anymore to weather an uncertain and complex world. In order to survive, the media industry must adapt. This means considering new talent and identifying new capabilities that will enable success.
fraycollege is excited to partner with the IWMF on their Gender Justice Reporting Initiative. The initiative is aimed at enhancing the coverage of gender issues in South Africa and Uganda. In 2021, the IWMF will select 30+ journalists in South Africa and Uganda to participate in this program. Our fellows will complete a six-month, virtual training course.
fraycollege is thrilled to announce the launch of the first journalism certificate in South Africa accredited by the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO) and endorsed by industry experts. This innovative programme, developed in collaboration with the South African National Editors’ Forum (SANEF) and the Fibre Processing and Manufacturing (FP&M) Seta, is aimed at addressing the challenges emerging from the rapid evolution of the industry..
In order to implement company strategy and grow your business, you need a supportive culture, one created through good communication. 2020 has been a year of disruption, with businesses all over the world having to adapt to remote working. As a result, norms around flexibility, change and innovation have been critical in 2020 and will only become more so.
The world’s view of Africa is informed by what Africa believes about itself. So, it is important to understand what African media are saying about other African countries. Particularly the media that are read by decision makers. The research consisted of a media coverage analysis of 60 publications in 15 countries, a survey of 39 editors as well as focus group discussions.
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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