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Month: Nov 2021

Covid’s impact on journalism has not been all bad

Covid’s impact on journalism has not been all bad

The Covid-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on the way journalism is done in both consumer and trade titles in South Africa. Covid has affected the way stories are gathered, written and consumed, and also affected subscription and advertising models. Many magazines have been forced to close down, including such iconic titles as Cosmopolitan, DRUM, Men’s Health and True Love. In addition, the SABC cut more than 300 jobs earlier this year, further adding to the jobs bloodbath that…

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Digital driven trends emerge during African Investigative Journalism Conference

Digital driven trends emerge during African Investigative Journalism Conference

As journalism evolves and is under continuous pressure with newsrooms staffed with junior journalists and limited resources as the competition for dwindling advertising revenue becomes fierce, Covid-19 added to the woes of journalism. The pandemic dealt a huge blow to most media houses, forcing journalists to innovate as they strive to retain, and even increase their audiences. Despite these challenges, communities looked up to investigative journalists to expose wrongdoings by those in power, particularly during lockdowns when many governments seized…

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How lessons learned during Covid-19 will shape the future of journalism

How lessons learned during Covid-19 will shape the future of journalism

The media industry has experienced its fair share of challenges as a result of Covid-19. The pandemic, which led to South Africa going on its first hard lockdown in March 2020, saw many publications closing down, while several people lost their jobs. Newsrooms had to adapt to adapt fast to the changes brought by Covid-19, while also trying to find new ways of telling stories to their readers. This article explores some of the challenges faced by editors, news editors…

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Journalists covering natural disasters facing depression

Journalists covering natural disasters facing depression

The last three decades have been characterized by some of the most newsworthy events that shaped the global world. From the IFP and ANC clashes, the deadly 9/11 attacks in the United States and most recently the Marikana Massacre that claimed the lives of police officers and some 34 mine workers. In recent times the world has been ravaged by the novel the covid-19 pandemic. And journalists have had filled days covering these stories. However, it has come at a…

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Tackling health misinformation in the post-pandemic era

Tackling health misinformation in the post-pandemic era

The past two years have been riddled with uncertainty and controversy, mainly due to the covid-19 pandemic that has swept the world off its feet. It comes as no surprise that ‘Vax’ has been selected as the word of the year for 2021 by Oxford Languages. During this time there has been a flood of information- some accurate and some not- around the pandemic. Research has shown that it takes the truth six times as long to reach 1,500 people…

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