Next Monday SAMIP will host a panel discussion on women in media, looking at the opportunities and obstacles for women leadership in the sector. Our host Lynette Ntuli will speak with Kathy Magrobi from QuoteThisWoman+, Khadija Patel from The Daily Vox; Shandukani Mulaudzi from Children’s Radio Foundation, Dawn Noemdoe from Food For Mzansi, and communications expert Carol Mohlala. To attend, register here.

Media Hack’s crowdfunding campaign ends with a bang
Data journalism start-up Media Hack ended its 30-day crowdfunding campaign this week, netting over R60,000 from 189 users in support of their ongoing Coronavirus data dashboard. This result is double their original funding goal. The coronavirus dashboard will continue to be updated with the latest Covid-19 cases, infections, recoveries and deaths numbers, as a vital public service.

De-stigmatising living with a disability

One of the top stories this week from youth outlet The Daily Vox is a powerful personal essay by Thembelihle Ngcai, sharing her experiences with disability and dating as a disabled woman.

Amplifying the voice of women in media

Quote This Woman+ continues to amplify the voice of women in media. Their database of experts gives mainstream media access to people to interview and quote. The database has more than 300 credible experts in different fields. This week they include an expert on the Mauritian oil spill.

SAMIP participants’ podcasts

This week, podcasting start-up Volume brought out a new episode of Kill Switch, continuing their focus on internet shutdowns and digital rights violation across the world.

Volume also brought out a new episode of African Media Thermometer, looking into the effects the pandemic on newsrooms and misinformation on health issues.

Food for Mzani’s Farmer’s Inside Track discusses the benefits of agritourism, especially post covid-19.

This week SAMIP also published a reflection on the business of podcasting in sub-Saharan Africa, drawing on the experiences of experts from across the region, including several within our cohort. Read it here.