Media entrepreneurs amplify voices in South Africa
For 15 years, JHR has worked around the world to ensure reporters and citizen journalists have the skills they need to objectively and effectively report on issues affecting their communities and hold duty bearers accountable -- especially young, emerging journalists. In that time, JHR has seen that an independent media that serves its democratic purpose is only possible when it is able to sustain itself. Yet, it is becoming increasingly difficult in today’s disrupted & digital age.
To consider new ideas in media JHR launched, in partnership with the University of the Witwatersrand and Ryerson University, the Journalism and Media Lab (JAMLab) this year.
Six teams of young South African journalists and media entrepreneurs worked to imagine new ideas in media, how to reach new audiences and, sustain themselves. To date, three of the six have received funding to continue their work from the South Africa Media Innovation Fund. Rachel Pulfer, Executive Director JHR says “All winning projects are designed to ensure voices of women, girls, township dwellers, and those too-often excluded from coverage in South Africa take their rightful place in the public conversation there.”
The three winning teams work on diverse issues that affect young people such as setting up a financially viable radio and digital platform for women (Soul City), connecting freelance journalists in underreported parts of the country with national newsrooms while improving coverage in rural areas (Media Factory) and delivering local news in local languages through community radio (Volume News).
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