Is Covid-19 creating a media divide? Navigating reporting on China and Africa,

hosted by Eric Olander

Media coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic has played a crucial role across the globe providing practical information, holding government accountable, requiring responsible behaviour from citizens and influencing perceptions. This webinar unpacked the implications of different narratives in media coverage of the pandemic, particularly in the context of Africa-China relations; assessed the role of journalists in reporting on the pandemic; and considered tools for reporting and fact-checking. Hosted by Eric Olander, host of the China Africa Project and Podcast, and featuring Jeremy Goldkorn, editor-in-chief and podcast host, SupChina; Professor Zhang Yanqiu, Deputy Dean of the Institute of Community with Shared Future and Director of the Africa Communication Research Centre at the Communications University of China; and Oluwamayowa Tijani, COVID19 fact checker at AFP Fact Check.

This webinar was originally broadcast on 3 June 2020 as part of Wits Journalism’s #MidweekWebinars series. 


How to prepare a good reporting proposal

by Paula Fray

The ACRP aims to improve the quality of reporting on Africa-China issues by providing facilitation and capacity building for journalists via reporting grants, workshops and other opportunities. In March 2020 the ACRP sent out a call for Public Health Reporting Grant Proposals to uncover stories developing amid the COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing impact in Africa. With over 300 applications received, the ACRP invited all applicants and other interested journalists to participate in a free online training webinar on preparing a good proposal. By using the large body of Public Health Reporting Grant Proposals, this webinar assists ACRP applicants and all journalists with developing their skills of preparing winning journalism proposals. With Paula Fray (CEO, Frayintermedia).

This webinar was originally broadcast by the ACRP on 22 July 2020.


How to protect yourself and your data, Africa-China edition by Desmond Latham

Personal digital security issues have emerged over the past decade as social media platforms increase the possibility of being tracked and abused online. The chances of being hacked as a city, country or as an individual are growing exponentially. What can you do about it? Actually, quite a bit including learning how to throw smoke and mirrors in the way of a computerised thug, using visibility to confound those who would prey on you, and learning the art of how to become invisible in a world full of artificial intelligence, face recognition and CCTV cameras. The webinar features: How to obfuscate your location; How to hide in plain sight; Tracking your abusers and taking action; Personal digital security apps; Legacy techniques that work in a digital age; and How to avoid sharing too much. With Desmond Latham (COO, Frayintermedia).


This webinar was originally broadcast by the ACRP on 5 August 2020.


Trends and recent developments in African investigative reporting by Anton Harber

Gone is the investigative reporter as a lone ranger, meeting in dark alleys with sources to get bits and pieces of information, like a private detective with a notebook. The modern version needs to be digitally-savvy, work across borders and learn how to process a mass of data. But some things don’t change, like managing sources and protecting yourself. This session will trace these changes and what they mean for those who do this work.

This webinar was originally broadcast by the ACRP on 19 August 2020.


This webinar features:

  • What is investigative reporting, what makes it different?
  • History of investigative reporting, locally and globally, and its role
  • Current trends in investigative reporting: Collaborative work, cross-border work, data, online tools, storytelling, transparency etc.
  • Highlights of recent African and Africa-China investigative reporting

With Anton Harber (Caxton Professor of Journalism [Adjunct], Wits Journalism). 

Regional African Journalism Roundtable hosted by Eric Olander

Within the advent of COVID-19 pandemic, media coverage has played a crucial role in providing practical and credible information while influencing perceptions on the spreading of the virus. Mass media channels and social media have become the primary sources of information, while also being used as sources for fake news and disinformation. This has contributed to the creation of a surgical ‘infodemic’ worldwide and an overabundance of information, some accurate and some not. Hosted by Eric Olander, host of the China Africa Project and Podcast, and featuring Aisha Abdool Karim, health reporter at Bhekisisa Centre for Health Journalism (South Africa); Elizabeth Merab, health reporter at Daily Nation (Kenya); April Zhu, freelance journalist (China-Kenya); and Nike Adebowale, health journalist at Premium Times (Nigeria).

This webinar was originally broadcast by the ACRP on 9 September 2020.