The free online Wits LINK Centre and WitsX course, 'Civil Society and African Media Policy in the Digital Age’, kicks off today. The course unpacks Africa’s media environment by drawing on a network of experts and recent case studies from across the continent.
Civil Society and African Media Policy in the Digital Age is aimed at empowering civil society actors – including advocacy coalition members, NGO/CBO representatives, union members, journalists, editors, researchers, academics and post-secondary students – to work in support of free, pluralistic and independent African media.
Media owners, government policymakers, parliamentarians and regulators working towards media sector reform are also positioned to benefit from this course.
This six-week course, requiring a dedicated effort of 2 to 3 hours of study per week, provides participants with knowledge necessary to contribute towards more African countries becoming favourable media-freedom environments.
To enrol go to this edX course link.
What the course offers:
Tools for identifying core elements of the principles of freedom of expression, media freedom, and access to information.
An understanding of policy and practical components required for a democratic media ecosystem.
Knowledge regulatory and other measures that build media pluralism and diversity.
A grasp of mechanisms of self-regulation, co-regulation, statutory regulation and regulatory independence in democratic media ecosystems.
Skills to identify the practical and policy dimensions introduced by online media, online expression, and online information access.
Strategies for effective civil society engagement with policy and practice in support of democratic African media ecosystems.
Participation in the course includes discussion forums, assignments and assessments, all these are entirely free of charge. Participants who want to receive the Verified Certificate of Achievement endorsed by edX and Wits University can pay $49.
The instructors developed content with support from an international Advisory Committee. The Bertha Foundation, Namibia Media Trust (NMT) and fesmedia Africa provided funding for course research, development, piloting and marketing.