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South Africa: Young reporters learn the ropes at school

Since 2010, South Africans have celebrated Nelson Mandela International Day to mark Mandela’s birthday. Many people in the country, both young and old, honour his legacy on July 18 by volunteering and performing community service. Sibusiso Mazibuko spent Mandela Day

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Kenya: A Case of Media Mentorship in Africa’s Largest Slum

“The mentoring culture needs to come back to our newsrooms,” said Ernest Sungura, executive director at Tanzania Media Fund, while addressing journalists at the World Press Freedom Day Conference in Arusha May 3. The theme of this year’s Arusha conference

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A portrait of gentrification in Johannesburg

The mean streets of Johannesburg, South Africa, put fear into the hearts of the most hardened. But a Canadian documentary filmmaker brushes off how she was once carjacked at gunpoint as if it were like being stuck in traffic on

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#Johannesburg, South Africa: A #World Class #African #City ?

A marketing campaign claiming Johannesburg as “A World Class African City” has been deemed “misleading” by the South African Advertising Standards Authority. Long-time urban consultant Neil Fraser (Urban Inc.) reflects on the 30-plus years of work he’s put into this

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Jeppe on a Friday – a #radio doc about a #film doc in #SouthAfrica

Synopsis: Jeppe on a Friday is a 2013 South African documentary film about gentrification in Jeppestown, a low-income district in Johannesburg in the midst of re-development. This radio documentary examines the collaborative process used by Canadian filmmaker Shannon Walsh in cinema

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From Accra to Arusha: A journalist’s journey across Africa

Okay, I know it’s cliche to travel to Africa and expect to launch my career as an international journalist. But, hey, if it worked out for so many others, why not give it a try? Of course I spent six

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Uhuru means freedom – The long road from Cape Town to Nairobi

In the KiSwahili language ‘uhuru’ means freedom. In Kenya, a man named Uhuru was recently elected president of the republic. Uhuru Kenyatta was sworn into office on Apr.9, 2013. He brings with him serious baggage after being accused of crimes

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