4 Tips for Staying Safe when Covering Disaster or Unrest

A week after the 7.6 magnitude earthquake that rocked central Nepal in 2015, Prakash Mahat, a cameraman with Nepal TV News, was covering both the aftereffects of the earthquake and the ongoing search for survivors in Kathmandu. Minutes after reaching the scene, a powerful aftershock almost toppled him into the wreckage. “I didn’t care that I was covering a…

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South Africa: Why Media Freedom Remains Fragile in South Africa

By Franz Krüger, University of the Witwatersrand Four decades after the Black Wednesday crackdown on the media and the black consciousness movement, South Africa is a different country. Freedom of expression is guaranteed in the constitution and a slew of institutions and laws support the guarantee. At the same time, powerful groups continue to seek ways to limit and…

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AMDF/NextMerge unveil an online application ‘Scoopnews’

Africa Media Development Foundation (AMDF) in collaboration with NextMerge unveiled an online application for journalists and news sources today at the NUJ Secretariat Kaduna state chapter. The application is one of the first indigenous app not just in kaduna but in northern nigeria to provide a platform for the general public to share stories or scoops with journalists and…

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Africa Check seeks deputy editor and health researcher/ community manager [Nigeria]

Experienced journalists interested in fact-checking can apply for one of these positions, with the option of working from Lagos or Abuja. Africa Check, a project of the AFP Foundation, is hiring a deputy editor and a health researcher/community manager. The deputy editor will assist the Nigeria editor to ensure that Africa Check’s operation in Nigeria runs smoothly and adheres to the best non-partisan, journalistic…

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AMDF/NEXTMERGE TO UNVEIL ONLINE ‘APP’ FOR JOURNALISTS

The Africa Media Development Foundation in collaboration with NextMerge is set to unveil an online app for journalist and news sources. The Application “ScoopNews”, which is one of the first indigenous apps in Northern Nigeria, provides a platform for the general public to share stories or scoops with journalists and media organizations registered on the app page. The app…

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Reminder: Call For Application: 2017 Wole Soyinka Award For Investigative Reporting

The Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism is calling for applications for the 12th edition of Wole Soyinka Award for Investigative Reporting. Nigerian journalists or team of journalists, full or part-time, with stories published between 4th October 2016 and 3rd October 2017, can apply for opportunity. This award seeks to honour journalism works from the print, online, photo, editorial…

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Bulgarian Journalists to Protest State Pressure

Journalists are staging protests in defense of their right to work freely after days of tensions between ruling parties’ politicians and the media. The protest is set to take place in front of the Council of Ministers’ building in Sofia during a regular government meeting scheduled for Wednesday morning. Organized by the Bulgarian section of the Association of European…

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Kenya Enjoying Impact of Digital Innovation

By Maria Macharia Nairobi — AN expert is encouraged at the uptake of digital innovation in Kenya, among other East African countries. Gilbert Saggia, the Managing Director: East Africa at SAP Africa, pointed out Kenya has made a significant progress in areas like cloud adoption, which were beneficial to the economy. “Kenya, and East Africa in general, is enjoying…

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Press Freedom Organisations Condemn US withdrawal from UNESCO

ARTICLE 19, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemn the decision by the US government to end its membership of the UN Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), effective 31 December 2018. It is a serious blow to the work of the international community to strengthen press freedom and the free flow of information…

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