Here are some of the latest updates from in and around the South Africa Media Innovation Program.

Hashtag unveils new made-for-Snapchat show

SA-born mobile storytelling agency Hashtag Our Stories has delivered a new show on Snapchat: ‘Our Health’ features stories of people who found their strength through health challenges. It is the latest entrant from their innovative use of compelling human-interest stories that are adapted to new media formats.

Building the business of women’s sports

Gsport, a media initiative dedicated to women’s sports, has announced a partnership with Henley Business School (Henley Africa) to develop a strategy to support the growth of women’s sports as a sector.

Handing the mic to women on Budget Day

Last week as South Africa’s finance minister Tito Mboweni delivered his latest budget address, the latest media briefing from Quote This Woman+ highlighted economists and finance experts on its diverse community of experts who could give comment and analysis on the grim state of South Africa’s economy.

Profiling children’s stories about a Covid world

Youth media outlet The Daily Vox held a Facebook Live event with Vox alumni, Nathi Nguabane, whose children’s book series on COVID-19, ‘Duma Says’, has been praised bythe health minister

Kickstarting innovation in the region

SAMIP’s Bilal Randaree spoke at the latest meetup hosted by Wits Journalism’s Jamlab, alongside Dr Njoki Chege from the Media Innovation Centre at Kenya’s Aga Khan University, on the opportunities to support media innovation in African contexts.

R100k in support of open data

Media Hack Collective reached a new milestone in the ongoing crowdfunding of their Covid-19 data dashboard: R100,000 in individual contributions. March 2021 marks a full year since the dashboard’s launch.

Scrolla meets the man behind the material

When everyone else was talking about the shirt Zuma’s been wearing for his infamous political tea parties with politicians, mobile-first news service Scrolla spoke to the man behind the design of the shirt.


Volume doubles down on podcasts (again)

Podcasting start-up Volume launched two new podcasts in the past few weeks: their first production in Afrikaans, NuusmetSpies, is a weekly news roundup podcast with journalist Mia Spies; #PowerOfTheStreets, produced with Human Rights Watch, focuses on stories of human rights activsts.

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