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


Viewfinder and Daily Maverick collaborate on their latest Investigative story

Accountability journalism start-up Viewfinder has released its latest investigative story in collaboration with Daily Maverick. Published on September 1, the story reports on the new agreement between the South African Police Service (SAPS) and the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) on holding police accountable for misconduct. Read more here.


QuoteThisWoman+ bags R100k & hosts a webinar on handling tough media interviews

Feminist non-profit organisation Quote This Women+ has received its first corporate contribution of R100 000 from Standard Bank in honour of Women’s Month. These funds will assist the organisation to expand its women+ expert database and its goal to challenge gender stereotypes and bias in the media.

Quote This Women+ successfully hosted a free online class sharing tips on how to handle tough media interviews. The training was led by QTW+ founder Kathy Magrobi who has over 10 years of experience in media. Kathy shared tools on how to tackle difficult interview questions and some tricks on staying calm while at it. A recording of the webinar is available upon request, send a direct message to @quotethiswoman on Twitter for a copy.


The Outlier launches Data Tracking tools

Data journalism publication, The Outlier has launched two of their latest data tracking tools that provide access to South Africa’s Covid-19 vaccination statistics and unemployment statistics.

The vaccination tracker provides information on South Africa’s vaccination rollout and is updated daily. The unemployment tracker provides data on South Africa’s unemployment statistics. The information will be updated quarterly with the latest unemployment data. Read more here.


The 2021 Momentum gsport awards a resounding success

gsport successfully hosted its annual gsport awards in collaboration with Momentum, ending Women’s Month off in style. The awards ceremony took place on  August 31 boasting an elegant event celebrating leading women in sport. Click here to see the list of winners.


Jamfest Africa 2021

SAMIP has teamed up with Jamlab for some Jamfest sessions from September 13 to 17. Reserve your seat and join in on insightful conversations with journalists and entrepreneurs. Click here for the programme and event calendar.


SAMIP participants at the DIY Africa Exhibition Hangout

DIY Africa Exhibition Hangout is a daily interactive hangout with a selection of exhibitors in the civic tech and media space. Some of the SAMIP participants will be featured in these sessions along with other innovators from South Africa, Ivory Coast, and Kenya, including Lifi-led, Open Institute, Tholana Online, Africa Data Hub, and Prev Leak. Come and engage with African innovators, doing it the DIY way.