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Apr
21

TRUST… BUT VERIFY: Building stronger media collaborations to advance social accountability

One book, Many Learners. Students from Malimbwe Primary School, Malawi   By Thomas R Lansner, Project Director, Social Accountability Media Initiative (SAMI), Aga Khan University Graduate School of Media and Communications (GSMC)  “Our school has no books.” Standard six student Esther Chakwana had a poem ready for the morning’s visitors to her rural Malimbwe Primary School in Mitundu District, down […]

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Apr
21

Social Accountability Advocacy in Bangladesh: New Comms, and Old…

Social Accountability Media Initiative [SAMI] Bangladesh Mentor Kazi Islam [standing] joins local media practitioners Mohammed Tofazzal Hossain [left] and Anzarul Islam Jewel [right], and Care Project Officer Golam Rabanni [center], in an exercise on reporting social accountability stories.   By Thomas R Lansner, Project Director, Social Accountability Media Initiative (SAMI), Aga Khan University Graduate School of Media and Communications (AKU-GSMC) […]

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Apr
21

GSMC faculty assists in creation of 2017 Election Coverage Guidelines

  GSMC faculty, Dr. Nancy Booker (C) is joined by GSMC Director of Resource & Business Development, Kenneth Macharia (L), and GSMC faculty, Dr. Sam Kamau (R), during the launch of the 2017 Media Council of Kenya Guidelines for Election Coverage.   Dr. Nancy Booker, faculty – Aga Khan University Graduate School of Media and […]

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Apr
07

GSMC’s Documentary on Lake Turkana wins big at Mashariki African Film Festival

Promo: Lake Turkana Water to Dust. Watch the promo here   GSMC’s Giving Nature a Voice documentary on Lake Turkana, dubbed ‘Water to Dust,’ recently won Best East African Documentary at the third edition of the 2017 Mashariki African Film Festival in Kigali, Rwanda. The documentary exposes the danger posed by Ethiopia’s hydropower and irrigation […]

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Apr
05

Founding faculty launches novel that reimagines the Rise and Fall of Colonialism in Africa.

IN GOOD COMPANY: Novelist and GSMC faculty, Dr Peter Kimani, signs an autograph during the launch his new novel, Dance of the Jakaranda, at the Graduate School of Media and Communications, Aga Khan University in Nairobi.   Dr Peter Kimani, a founding faculty member, Aga Khan Graduate School of Media and Communication (AKU-GSMC) launched his […]

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Apr
05

Aga Khan Foundation and Aga Khan University

Five representatives from the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) and the Aga Khan University in Nairobi, Kenya visited Wadsworth House on their last day on campus finalizing an agreement with the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) Executive Education program to develop an adaptive leadership custom program that will take place at the AKU campus in Nairobi. Pictured […]

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Feb
15

HKS AKF Agreement Press Release

Transforming Leadership for 21st Century Africa The Aga Khan University Graduate School of Media and Communications (AKU GSMC) is set to host a pioneering suite of courses designed to transform leadership in Africa. Launching in November 2017, Transforming Leadership for 21st Century Africa brings together two world class courses designed to equip executives with the […]

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Dec
21

Reflections from SAMI Workshop: Citizens Have a Voice, but Journalists Have a Megaphone

By Tammy Mehdi, Communications, Global Partnership for Social Accountability (GPSA) We had a few minutes to collect our thoughts before being pulled into an interview on a low-budget equivalent of Hardball with Chris Matthews. I was visibly flushed as I tried to remind myself to speak slowly and sit upright in front of the camera. […]

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Dec
09

Hearst Journalism Fellowships

Tomorrow’s journalists won’t be satisfied by simply telling stories; they will be creating immersive experiences that let audiences get involved with their reporting. The forward-thinking tools you’ll need are being used at Hearst today. If you have the skills, passion and determination to be a journalist of the future – a trained professional who knows […]

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Dec
07

Human Rights Advocates Program (HRAP)

Founded in 1989, the Human Rights Advocates Program (HRAP) is a unique and successful model of human rights capacity building. HRAP capitalizes on its affiliation with Columbia University and its location in New York City to provide grassroots leaders the tools, knowledge, access, and networks to promote the realization of human rights and strengthen their […]

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Dec
07

2016 Post-Study Tour Webinar (English-Speaking sub-Saharan Africa)

Join ICFJ and our 2015 and 2016 Johnson & Johnson Global Health Reporting Contest winners for a live webinar focused on key health topics! The webinar will feature our contest winners and health experts based in English-speaking sub-Saharan Africa. Topics of discussion will include: sanitation, hygiene, and heart disease. The journalists will highlight their work, […]

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Dec
07

African data journalism fund launches new contest for stories on gender equality and the challenges women face in accessing health care and services

Journalists in six African countries — South Africa, Zambia, Tanzania, Ghana, Kenya and Nigeria — can win a fully paid study tour to major United States newsrooms as part of a new impactAFRICA reporting contest. impactAFRICA is seeking stories that shed light on the challenges women and girls face in accessing health care and health […]

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Dec
07

How the media can better understand the fake news phenomenon

Traditional news organizations made a deal with the devil when they turned to social media and search engine optimization to gain digital audience and revenue. They recruited “community managers” to raise their profile on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and the like. They tagged their articles to raise them in search results. The devilish side of the […]

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Oct
06

Tsavo Tuskers in Trouble

Tsavo Tuskers in Trouble

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Oct
06

Burning Ivory

Burning Ivory

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Oct
04

Reporting Contest on Early Childhood Development

Journalists in Asia, Africa and Latin America have a chance to win a prestigious international study tour as part of a contest to recognize the best stories on early childhood development. ICFJ will recognize in-depth, investigative or innovative reporting that has helped raise awareness on issues such as early nutrition, early child care, early education […]

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Sep
02

Call for Entries: $1 Million innovateAFRICA Fund For Digital Media

The new innovateAFRICA Fund is offering media pioneers on the continent $1 million in support for leapfrog technologies or digital innovation. The support programme offers a combination of seed funding, technology support and expert mentorship. It is open to both mainstream media organisations and individual innovators. Project proposals that focus on strengthening audience engagement with […]

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Sep
01

The Secrets to Getting Journalists to Notice Your Pitch

Q: What is the best way to reach out to journalists at big pubs to pitch a story? A: You are already ahead of the game if you are asking this question, as many people simply fire off an email to an editor without first identifying if they are the right contact, or how and […]

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Aug
25

5 Examples of How Brands are Using Instagram Stories to Enhance their Messaging

It’s been three weeks since Instagram launched their bold new, Snapchat-cloning “Stories” option for all users, and the tool already seems to be resonating with Instagram’s audience. Stories provides a new way for people to share content on the platform, enabling them to showcase another side of their personality or add additional context to better […]

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Aug
17

Simply Measured’s 2016 State of Social Marketing Report

This report from Simply Measured is designed to serve as a resource for marketing teams that use social media to drive results, pulling together data from different Simply Measured studies and surveys, as well as other sources, to identify key trends in the social marketing industry. Looking to revive your social media strategy so you […]

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Aug
17

5 key takeaways about the State of the News Media in 2016

The State of the News Media in 2016 is uncertain, with daily newspapers looking shakier than ever, digital advertising and audiences continuing to grow, and TV news mostly seeing gains in revenue. Here are five key takeaways from our latest annual State of the News Media report: 1. Though the industry has been struggling for […]

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