SAMIP participants have been working around the clock, here are some updates from in and around the cohort.

Hashtag Our Stories at the Expo 2020 Dubai

Co-founder of storytelling agency, Hashtag Our Stories Yusuf Omar featured at the Expo 2020 Dubai during Global Goals week discussing the fundamental role that storytelling plays to engage and inspire audiences to achieve impact. The award-winning mobile journalist delivered lessons and tips on how he thinks storytelling can increase the impact of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.



The Citizen Bulletin #EJPZim Content Creators’ webinar

Zimbabwean hyperlocal digital news outlet, The Citizen Bulletin recently launched an inaugural entrepreneurial journalism training and mentorship program with support from the US Mission in Zimbabwe. The program seeks to empower journalists and media content creators with the needed skills to develop sustainable niche products.

 As part of the program, an online virtual event is held monthly. Join the next #EJPZim Content Creators’ webinar on 25 February from 14:00 pm to 15:00 pm for a public session on ‘Strategies for Building Successful Journalism Ventures: Lessons from Mundos Paralelos, Puerto Rico’.


Namibia Media Trust at the Media Freedom Conference & launches three months journalism fellowship.

Non-profit organisation, Namibia Media Trust also launched an entrepreneurial journalism initiative: the three-month NXT Journalism Fellowship kicked this year with six fellows who receive support and start-up capital to get their projects off the ground.

Director of Namibia Media Trust, Zoe Titus also featured at the Global Media Freedom Conference hosted by the Estonian Mission of Foreign Affairs in Tallinn. Zoe discussed the non-profit model of the Namibian newspaper and the effective use of donor funding for public interest media. The media freedom advocate was also selected as a panelist addressing the challenges faced in media development and journalism


Igunundu launches Bayede TV and iZingane ZelaboHlanga publication

Digital media and content publisher, Igunundu has recently introduced two new innovative products. The start-up has launched a digital news channel, Bayede Thelevishini on Youtube that explores South African politics through interviews. As part of cultivating new readership, Igunundu has also launched a four-page supplement iZingane ZelaboHlanga which aims to educate children between the ages of 7 and 15 about cultural heritage and a culture of reading.



gsport’s Celine Abrahams on the use of social media to gain sponsorships

gsport’s sponsor Account Manager, Celine Abrahams was interviewed by versatile sports content producer Laykin Rudolph on the use of social media to secure sponsorships. Celine shared insights into her career in the sport industry and thoughts on the state of women’s sport sponsorship. Read the interview here.


Quote This Women+ on how to sell your story to the media

Feminist non-profit organisation, Quote This Women+ has successfully hosted a webinar sharing tips and tricks on how to sell a story to the media. The online session hosted by Mai &Guardian Deputy Editor, Athandiwe Saba, and Sunday Times Editor, Sue de Groot was packed with lessons on how to secure front-page news.


Food for Mzansi launches agri-academy

Agri-news publisher, Food for Mzansi launched The Farmer’s Inside Track Academy to help new farmers take crucial first steps towards sustainability and profitability in the agriculture sector. The academy will be presenting farmer clinic workshops throughout the country by experienced farmers, who will be sharing valuable lessons on farming.