September 21, 2014

WAN-IFRA extends groundbreaking leadership programme to Malawi, Zimbabwe and South Africa

The World Association of Newspaper and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) launched Women in News 2014 in Lusaka, Zambia, today (10 March), as part of a series of national events that coincide with International Women’s Day.
This year’s programme also marks an industry first: WIN South Africa will be conducted in partnership with WAN-IFRA member association Print and Digital Media South Africa, representing more than 500 newspaper and magazine titles from the country’s leading publishers, and the South African National Editors’ Forum (SANEF), whose members are editors, senior journalists and journalism trainers from all areas of the South African media.

In addition, participants who complete the WIN South Africa programme will receive accreditation from the Department of Witwatersrand University.

Women in News works with newspapers and their high-potential female employees to overcome the gender gap in management and senior editorial positions. More than 60 media professionals from 30 media companies from Botswana, Malawi, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe will participate in comprehensive skills development, career coaching, mentoring and networking in their national markets. The group will come together in Johannesburg, South Africa in August for the regional WIN Summit.

WAN-IFRA will also launch the Alliance for Women in News, a working committee that partners with media houses to collectively help widen the opportunities for management and executive roles for their women employees through education, training and awareness raising.

Studies show that a higher representation of women in decision-making positions in media leads not only to better coverage of women in the news but also to better financial results. Financially and editorially solid media stand a bigger chance of being strong voices in their communities: promoting good governance, transparency and fighting corruption.

WIN goes beyond traditional approaches to media development by incorporating professional development techniques from the corporate world such as career coaching, facilitated networking and peer mentoring into a robust and highly effective capacity building curriculum.

The initiative is conducted under a strategic partnership to advance media development and press freedom worldwide between WAN-IFRA and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). More on WAN-IFRA’s media development initiatives can be found at

WAN-IFRA, based in Paris, France, and Darmstadt, Germany, with subsidiaries in Singapore and India, is the global organisation of the world’s newspapers and news publishers. It represents more than 18,000 publications, 15,000 online sites and over 3,000 companies in more than 120 countries. Its core mission is to defend and promote press freedom, quality journalism and editorial integrity and the development of prosperous businesses.

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Tweeting for Africa

Journalists using social media as a source of story ideas, resources and tip-offs know that the strength of the platform lies in the networks they create. Who, then, should we be following on Twitter in order to ensure good Africa tips? @frayintermedia identified 20 “must-follow” organisations (yes, we added ourselves!) and want to know who else would you add?


  1. @AWCFS (African Woman and Child Feature Service) – A media that enhances acceptance of diversity and gender equality for equitable development.
  2. @allafrica- News and information from the fast-changing continent.
  3. @africacheck- A non-partisan fact-checking website, based at WitsUniversity.
  4. @africamedia_cpj – centre for the protection of journalists advocates in support of journalists on the frontlines in Africa
  5. @amabungane-A non profit initiative to enhance the capacity of investigative journalism in the public interest.
  6. @fairreporters – A professional association of investigative journalists in Africa.
  7. @frayintermedia – journalism training with resources for African reporters.
  8. @highway_africa – the centre of debates on journalism and new media in Africa.
  9. @MFWAALERTS -  media foundation for west Africans
  10. @KenyaEditors – the Kenya Editors Guild is a professional association of editors set to promote the standard of journalism.
  11. @WIFP – Women’s Institute for freedom of the press. This NGO works on media democracy issues and expanding women’s voices.
  12. @AMLForum – the African Media Leaders Forum. Shaping the future of African Media.
  13. @ipsnews – a leading and credible source of information about Africa.
  14. @SAEditorsForum – South African editors forum working to freedom of expression
  15. @africasacountry – collates interesting perspectives on the African continent without reducing it to “famine, Bono, or Barack Obama”.
  16. @irinnews – humanitarian and news analysis service covering the parts of the world often under-reported, misunderstood or ignored.
  17. @internews – an international non-profit organization whose mission is to empower local media worldwide.
  18. @panos_psaf – a regional communication for development non-government organizations.
  19. @Trust_Media – provides Reuters training programmes for journalists, customized media training programmes for media organizations and NGOs and runs media projects globally.
  20. @gijn – the Global Investigative Journalism Network is an association of 90 non-profit organisations in 40 countries dedicated to investigative reporting.



Getting the message across during the Soccer World Cup


frayintermedia will conduct a two-day media skills programme for GTZ in January 2010, including practical coaching on being interviewed for radio and television.

The massive global media coverage South Africa will receive during the 2010 Soccer World Cup will shape the world’s perceptions of the country and the continent with a lasting effect. Over a billion people in more than 200 countries are expected to simultaneously follow every event of the month-long tournament between the world’s top 32 soccer-playing nations.

The World Cup is thus a great opportunity for projects and organisations to showcase their initiatives and achievements. Knowing and understanding the media landscape will, however, be crucial for project leaders and communicators to get their message across in a way that will ensure their organisation’s future success.

The two-day course consists of a theoretical and a practical part.

Day One

aims at providing a better understanding of media landscapes, reporters’ needs and how newsrooms operate. The course will look at ways to engage the media successfully and address the issue of media laws and ethics and the interviewees’ own rights. It will furthermore provide participants with the necessary tools to formulate key messages, and to get these across convincingly in writing and on radio and TV.

Day Two

will focus on the practical application of all theoretical learning and provide participants with opportunities to handle different types of interview situations. The aim is for participants to gain confidence and become increasingly aware of the importance of self-conduct and speech patterns, in particular on camera.

Aim of this workshop

The overall course aims at enhancing the participants’ understanding of how the media in SA and Germany works and strives to empower communicators to handle media requirements in a professional manner, especially at a time of increased media interest and global focus on the country.

The client

The two-day training course frayintermedia will conduct on behalf of the Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) will prepare team members and partners of the GTZ Youth Development Through Football (YDF) projects for the heightened 2010 media interest and help communicators to become successful ambassadors for the organization and its project activities.

Outcomes for the media training

By the end of the two-day course, participants are expected to:

  • Understand the local and the German media landscapes in terms of their reach and prime interests
  • Understand what makes news in local, regional, national and international media
  • Understand how newsrooms operate and therefore how media relations can help in terms of getting key message across;
  • Have gained basic communication skills necessary for the production of media tools and the handling of Q&As and media interviews.

Zambian journalism has come a long way


 Miriam Zimba of the Times of Zambia gives her insight into the state of Zambian Journalism and the challenges faced by women journalists in her country.

1. What is the state of press freedom in your country?

The battle for press freedom in Zambia has come a long way and we have now reached a pinnacle where we can safely say the media in Zambia is enjoying relative freedom.
Having practised as a journalist for 19  years starting in the so called dark days of the one party state when privately run newspapers or broadcast stations were not allowed, to this point when the airwaves have been liberalised and privately run newspapers are flourishing, I can say the media in my country has come of age. The fact that privately owned newspapers and television stations and community radio stations are allowed to publish and broadcast without inhibition speaks of the extent to which the present government which ushered in multiparty politics is willing to let democracy flourish.  For you cannot talk of a true democracy without a free press.
However, despite these milestones, more still remains to be done to firmly entrench press freedom.  We still have laws in place that impinge on press freedom such as criminal libel for which a convicted journalist can go to jail. Criminal libel should be repealed and libel should only be a civil matter attracting a fine.  The freedom of Information Bill which has been debated for too long needs to be enacted into law to allow journalists access to information.  We also hope the new constitution will enshrine freedom of the press unlike now when it is interpreted as part of the clause on freedom of expression which is totally different from the former.

2.What are the biggest challenges for women journalists in your country?

Journalism is still male dominated and the ladder for upward mobility for female journalists is still steep. There are reasons for this and  one of them is motherhood which costs women’s progression.  The maternity leave periods are enough excuse for bosses(who are men in most cases) to by pass a woman for promotion in preference to a male colleague.  By the time maternity leave is over, the male colleague will have moved a step ahead.
However I must say female journalists are being recognised for their perseverance as seen in an increase in the number of women editors heading desks although we are yet to see a woman head a media organisation.’

3. How do you and other women journalists face the challenges?

They say if you cannot beat them, join them and that is what most of us are doing. Some beats like covering disaters, riots, football matches which were seen as too musculine  are being covered side by side with the male counterparts.  Women have become more assertive hence the increase in number of editors thanks to the women’s movement in the country which has helped women believe in themselves.  The important thing however is for women to tackle hard tasks while still retaining their femininity.

This interview forms part of the IWMF Network Voices series.

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Shaping the African media landscape in 2008

frayintermedia is not just shaping the media landscape in South Africa but also in Africa.

This follows the awarding of the second phase of the The Agriculture, Rural Development and Women (IWMF) project to the company.

A four-year initiative to work with news media organisations in Africa to enhance the coverage of agriculture, rural development and women on the continent, will see frayintermedia travelling to countries such as Mali, Uganda and Zambia to identify and train media trainers while also establishing centres of excellence.

“The main objective of the project is to incorporate women’s roles, stories, needs and solutions in the coverage of agriculture and rural economies whilst developing gender equality in newsrooms,” said Michae Schmidt, frayintermedia Civil Society Outreach Manager.

frayintermedia were responsible for the first phase of the project which was concluded earlier this year.