By Ndileka Lujabe
How can journalists self-regulate and maintain ethical standards for online journalism? How can Africa embrace new ways of telling stories on digital platforms? Can mastering financial journalism really improve the African economy? Why is narrative journalism a better way of telling stories?
These questions and many more are answered in a new web series, Africa’s Storytellers, launched on the frayintermedia YouTube channel earlier this year.
The series reflects on the core values of journalism by sharing in the experiences of acclaimed journalists.
frayintermedia MD Paula Fray says the series aims to amplify the voices of African journalists on the craft of journalism: “Each video focuses on specific elements of the craft, allowing the series to be a learning experience.”
Africa’s Storytellers boasts an array of prominent African journalists such as renowned investigative journalists Mzilikazi wa Afrika and Rob Rose, Reuters Harare Bureau Chief Cris Chinaka, IRIN editor-in-chief Obinna Anyadike, Nation digital and convergence managing editor Churchill Otieno, SANEF Executive Director Mathatha Tsedu, and many more.
The videos provide insights into the day-to-day challenges faced by the subjects interviewed, giving tips and advice to other journalists, as well as the opportunities available to improve storytelling in Africa, by Africans
“We recognise that video has become an integral part of storytelling and we wanted to reach journalists on a platform they used,” Fray said.
frayintermedia has set itself apart as a pioneering pan-African communication company with its values rooted in improving the quality of journalism on the African continent. It achieves this through various initiatives, furnishing avid media lovers with resources, journalism tips, analysis, interviews and overviews of African media.
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“We would welcome feedback from users. We have already received specific requests on journalistic beats and we will be covering those in future,” Fray said.
You can view the entire series here.