Comfort Mussa, a prolific, multi-award-winning journalist with a keen eye for stories that expose social injustice, says, though online violence is a challenging part of the profession she stays because people like her remain the voice of the voiceless.
South African broadcast journalist Silindelo Masikane has been bullied online and is a target of threats of violence. She says harassment is part of the job of reporting in Africa.
In a vicious game to scorn and discredit African women journalists, award-winning Ugandan journalist and women’s rights advocate Culton Scovia Nakamya says gender and even tribe become fair game for online trolls in their work to push women journalists to self-censor.
Artificial Intelligence and new technologies are increasingly becoming part of the fabric of many newsrooms impacting all stages of journalistic practice from production to consumption.
At the 2022 African Investigative Journalism Conference, keynote speaker London School of Economics professor Charlie Beckett reflected on the host of opportunities that have been presented by new digital technologies but also pointed out how AI can and has supported the newsroom.
In a new era of immersive storytelling and interactive communications, the great benefit and implications for journalism and media practitioners is an opportunity to reimagine storytelling where stories are not to be only read but experienced.
But what does this mean for journalists and local newsrooms and their audiences?