Africa No Filter and the Thomson Foundation have partnered to offer a course aiming to disrupt stereotypical news and storytelling about Africa by helping journalists develop a fresh reporting style beyond framing Africa through conflict, disease, poverty, corruption, and poor leadership.
African Stories: A guide for journalists on how to tell better stories about Africa will be offered online and presented by journalism and media experts, including BBC journalists and professors of media and communications.
‘There is an increasing body of evidence that shows people want more inspiring, uplifting human interest stories and content they can relate to. If journalists want to remain current, they need to up their skills and write what their audience wants to read, and at the moment, it’s news that goes far beyond the journalism adage that “if it bleeds, it leads”’, said Moky Makura, Executive Director at Africa No Filter.
After the course, participants will get the opportunity to pitch their stories to Bird, Africa’s first agency for alternative stories about the continent. Bird is media partners with Nation Group in Kenya, Big Cabal in Nigeria, and Arena Media in South Africa.