CovidComms SA is a network of communications volunteers working alongside government and others to produce and distribute accurate and helpful information on the Covid-19 outbreak in South Africa.
Learn more here: http://covidcomms.org.za/
The Children’s Radio Foundation (CRF) in South Africa has published a users’ guide to using WhatsApp for radio. The guide is the sixth in MDIF’s Media Advisory Services’ series of practical guides for media managers and practitioners and is designed to to produce better radio, and increase community participation and audience interaction. This practical toolkit is based on CRF’s experiences supporting eight radio stations across South Africa to integrate WhatsApp into their reporting and broadcasting environments.
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This report examines how digital-born news media in the Global South have developed innovative reporting and storytelling practices in response to growing disinformation problems. Based on field observation and interviews at Rappler in the Philippines, Daily Maverick in South Africa, and The Quint in India, the authors show that all three organisations combine a clear sense of mission and a commitment to core journalistic values with an active effort to find new ways of identifying and countering disinformation, based on a combination of investigative journalism fact-checking, data and social network analysis, and sometimes strategic collaboration with both audiences and platform companies. In the process, each of these organisations are developing new capacities and skills, sharing them across the newsroom, differentiating themselves from their competitors, and potentially increasing their long-term sustainability, in ways the authors believe other news media worldwide could learn from.
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South Africa will hold national and provincial elections on May 8. As the country celebrates 25 years of democracy, the press in South Africa faces old and new challenges, including physical harassment and cyber bullying. The press freedom environment, including the safety of journalists, will be one of the key indicators for the health of the country’s democracy and the freeness and fairness of its polls.
CPJ’s Emergencies Response Team (ERT) has compiled a Safety Kit for journalists covering South Africa’s election. The kit contains information for editors, reporters, and photojournalists on how to prepare for the election and how to mitigate digital, physical and psychological risk.
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