Children’s Radio Foundation is a Cape Town based radio station that uses radio to create opportunities for information sharing, dialogue, leadership, advocacy and community building among youth. CRF seeks to extend the capacity, reach and impact of their community radio partners through the integration of WhatsApp into their reporting, broadcast, and outreach platforms.
Collective Media Cooperative is a new venture that seeks to make media work for audiences and media workers who have been structurally excluded from ownership, education and training, and representation in South African media. Their products, Abacebisi & Mosele, provide freelance media workers CRM systems and content management support.
The Daily Maverick is expanding its revenue mix with the launch of a membership program: Maverick Insider. The program is being modeled on The Guardian’s voluntary payment approach, where a paywall isn’t implemented on existing articles and features. SAMIP support of this program will result in a toolkit on how small and independent publishers can develop their own membership plans.
The Daily Vox is a millennial-focused news site that seeks to place citizens at the centre of it all. With an audience of 18 - 34 year olds, TDV has the ability to greatly influence and impact the narrative of issues around issues facing South Africa’s youth.
Digest is a daily email newsletter that selects, summarises and explains financial news in a quirky and millennial-friendly format. Digest is growing their newsletter to incorporate more local languages and is developing financial value-added products and services for millennials.
Explain.co.za is a news site that aims to explain the news to local audiences in “fun and engaging ways”. They use entertaining news videos to reach traditionally neglected audiences in South Africa and publish and distribute their content through WhatsApp.
Food for Mzansi is a digital news start-up that covers the agriculture sector in South Africa with a focus on uncovering stories about people of colour in farming communities. In their own words, they “unashamedly share success stories and good news from the farms and agri-businesses who feed South Africa”.
gsport for girls is an online initiative that seeks to raise the profile of South African women in sport. Gsport has been providing coverage of women’s sports in South Africa since 2006 and have been hosting the GSport Awards, which recognise achievements by athletes and participants in women’s sports ever since.
Hashtag Our Stories is a Durban based company that creates citizen journalism shows, with mobile phones and for mobile audiences, in every language. Their project seeks to train and create a network of citizen journalists who will contribute stories to community Facebook groups.
Health-e News has a 20-year history as a news agency in South Africa that reports on public health issues to empower South Africans. Their current focus is on HIV/Aids, communicable diseases and reproductive health.
Igunundu Press is a South African mass media company which specialises in publishing vernacular newspapers. The company’s publications do not cover just any story, but rather invest in stories with legacy value - with huge context and enterprise journalism. Through its in-house custom content and native marketing agency, Igunundu Agency, it combines newsroom experience and knowledge of language to create ground breaking narratives, native campaigns, and bring content to life in print and digital platforms.
Mail and Guardian is a South African weekly newspaper and daily digital publisher, with offices based in Johannesburg. It focuses on political analysis, investigative reporting, news, local arts, music and popular culture.
Media Factory is a mobile content agency for citizen journalists across South Africa. Their project seeks to create a virtual newsroom that will connect news editors to reliable and verified freelancer journalists and connect freelance journalists, working outside the main media centres in SA to news editors who require their experience in covering breaking news.
Media Hack Collective is a data journalism and digital storytelling organisation that aims to make data understandable for a wider audience. It was founded by journalists Laura Grant and her husband Alastair Otter, with Tanya Pampalone, GIJN managing editor, assisting with editing their content. MHC was one of the organizations that participated in the Journalism and Media Lab (JamLab) in 2019.
Not Yet Uhuru is the new voice of the womxn’s liberation movement in South Africa. Being a digital activism eco-system, Not Yet Uhuru seeks to create a platform for engagement with and between womxn to challenge patriarchy and to build a feminist consciousness on the African continent.
Pocket Reporter is a mobile digital toolkit that assists journalists at community newspapers to report more effectively.
QuoteThisWoman+ is a non-profit start-up that is committed to getting more women’s voices heard in South African media across a wide range of subjects. They do this by maintaining and promoting a curated database of experts that can be accessed by interested parties.
Scrolla is a news start-up that wants to redefine the mobile-first user experience. Scrolla publishes investigations in a series of short updates that are posted on a daily basis.
SMWX is a WhatsApp news channel which is being developed as collaborative production between Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh and Thanga. The channel offers subscribers opinions, analyses and interviews on politics, culture and current affairs from a youth perspective.
Stokvel Talk is a media company that produces a free community newspaper on the financial cooperatives (locally known as “stokvels”) market and at the same time they also run stokvel roadshows in urban, peri-urban and rural areas in South Africa.
The New Era is a collective of news publishers that’s aimed at digitizing and distributing community newspapers in South Africa. In its pilot stage it will be working with eight newspapers in Mpumalanga.
Viewfinder is a South African investigative journalism start-up. It applies investigative journalism best practice to expose abuses of power which impact on poor and marginalized communities. Viewfinder also aims to produce narrative journalism, especially in the form of video documentary, as a vehicle for their investigative findings. Viewfinder’s mission statement seeks to engage and empower the public, through investigative journalism and storytelling, to hold powerful institutions accountable in pursuit of a more just and inclusive South Africa.
Volume is a Johannesburg based podcast production company. Volume uses multiple platforms to distribute their content such as WhatsApp.
Zonotho is a financial literacy platform that was founded with the aim of providing readers with the information they need to make the most optimal financial decisions. They do this by explaining issues around finance and economics in order to make them easier to understand for the layman. finance simple.