From the latest news and podcasts, to job opportunities and award ceremonies, here are the latest updates from the SAMIP cohort

Food for Mzansi names top citizen journos

Last week agri-news publisher Food For Mzansi hosted an award ceremony for the top performers from its WhatsApp-based citizen journalism initiative, Sinelizwi (isiXhosa for ‘we have the word’). The year-long program was supported by the Google News Initiative, and received the 2020 Africa Digital Media Award for best news literacy project. Read more.

Scrolla tracks the Adam Habib saga

Scrolla, a bilingual mobile-first news agency, was the first to cover the latest twist in the controversy around South African academic Adam Habib, who faces calls to be removed as head of a UK university over use of the “n-word”. Scrolla broke news of a statement by four South African intellectuals defending Habib, which has further stoked the controversy.

DM podcast continues its search for solutions

The latest episode of Don’t Shoot the Messenger, Daily Maverick’s flagship podcast, continues its pivot to solutions-focused journalism, with an exploration of how the debate around South Africa’s apartheid and colonial monuments can learn from other societies grappling with an ugly past.

 #SMWX on the need for new politics

The latest video from youth politics hub #SMWX featured political analyst Tessa Dooms to discuss former DA Leader Tony Leon’s reemergence in the party’s factional debates, and the need to imagine a political future beyond the ANC.

 gsport marks winners of women’s sports

Women’s sports outlet gsport spotlighted some of the champion athletes celebrated at the recent Recognition of Excellence in Sport Awards – including special mention for the Protea Women, who are climbing the international rankings for women’s cricket after a series of wins against New Zealand, Pakistan and India.

Hashtag our Stories is hiring

Hashtag our Stories is looking to fill ten permanent vacancies. The digital story-telling agency publishes videos about people positively changing their world using snapchat. For more information on the available position email them at

New podcasts from Volume

Podcasting start-up Volume has released new episodes for a range of shows.

Power of the Streets, produced with Human Rights Watch, features an interview with an Ethiopian student leader struggling for women’s rights.

The weekly Afrikaans news wrap, Nuus met Spies, unpacked road death statistics from the Easter weekend and details of the country’s Covid-19 vaccine rollout.

Finally, What’s Crap on WhatsApp, the hoax debunking podcast hosted with Africa Check, has a new co-host, with Volume’s Andisiwe May taking over from co-founder Paul McNally.

Update | gsport #GAL2021 Newsmakers, Volume at the Africa Podfest, Citizen Bulletin & Namibia Media Trust host events, M&G & gsport elevate women in sport and more.

As we close off the year, SAMIP brings you some updates on what the cohort has been up to. Here's the latest from the South Africa Media Innovation...

SAMIP expands media innovation support to three more Southern African countries

The South Africa Media Innovation Program (SAMIP) has welcomed four new regional media ventures to be part of its pioneering independent media...

Update | Food for Mzansi celebrates 3rd birthday, Viewfinder launches accountability tracker, SAMIP participants are hiring, and more

It is that exciting time once again, we are bringing you the latest on what the SAMIP participants have been getting up to. Food for Mzansi hosts...

Update | SAMIP Participants bring coverage of the local government elections

South Africa held the sixth local government elections since democracy and our participants were hard at work bringing the latest breaking election...

Update | QTW+ hosts media events, participants at the Africa Investigative Journalism Conference, Mental Health Awareness, and more

SAMIP is bringing you some updates on what the cohort has been up to, here’s the latest from the South Africa Media Innovation Program. Quote Me On...