Application Deadline: Ongoing
Narrative change organisation Africa No Filter has partnered with the Thomson Foundation for a groundbreaking digital course called African Stories: A guide for journalists on how to tell better stories about Africa.
The course aims to disrupt stereotypical news and storytelling about Africa by helping journalists develop a fresh reporting style beyond framing Africa through conflict, disease, poverty, corruption and poor leadership.
It will be presented by journalism and media experts. Catherine Mackie is an Editorial Associate at the Thomson Foundation and a former BBC senior journalist. Dr Njoki Chege is the Director of the Innovation Centre at the Graduate School of Media and Communications at the Aga Khan University in Nairobi. Moses Mutabaruka is the founder of TAP Media Ltd and editor of TAP magazine, a pan-African platform that tells stories from an African perspective. Anas Aremeyaw Anas is an internationally acclaimed undercover investigative journalist, while Doreen Wainainah is Managing Editor of PesaCheck, Africa’s largest indigenous fact-checking organisation.
The course is designed to boost participants with in-demand skills like mobile journalism, visual and multiplatform storytelling. It offers techniques for finding missing voices in African stories, tips and tools for sourcing, verifying information, and structuring stories beyond stereotypes – valuable resources for journalists who want to monetise global conversations about shifting narratives, ethical storytelling, and diversity of voices and ideas in African news.
SECTION 1 – Gives an overview of the course and an introduction to the course trainer and media experts
SECTION 2 – Examines the media landscape in Africa and the current narrative
SECTION 3 – Explores the importance of engaging your audience
SECTION 4 – Guides you on finding the missing voice in stories
SECTION 5 – Gives guidance on sourcing stories
SECTION 6 – Guides you through storytelling techniques
SECTION 7 – Offers ideas on structuring your story
SECTION 8 – Explores visual storytelling with tips on using your smartphone
SECTION 9 – Examines multimedia and multi-platform storytelling
SECTION 10 – Guides you on how to verify stories and information
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