To commemorate and celebrate Africa Day this year, fraycollege hosted a webinar titled: New Ways to tell Africa’s stories, with a focus on how new mediums of communication, like TikTok, Documentation, Podcasting, and Virtual Reality, and how they are used as tools to tell African stories and control our own African narrative.
A change in government policies, affirmative action and gender mainstreaming are directly linked to putting gender on the media agenda across the continent, says Lecturer of Journalism and Media Studies at Uganda Christian University, Dr Emily Maractho.
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?