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SANEF calls for independent newsrooms to join Community Media Digitisation Drive 

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Are you an independent print, radio, or TV newsroom in the very early stages of embracing digital media? If so, this programme could be exactly what you’re looking for.

SANEF recognises the critical importance of community media to the overall diversity of the media industry. However, community media operate in a challenging economic environment. Many print and broadcast newsrooms struggle to diversify their content distribution and revenue options to include digital platforms that can lead to future growth.

To address this issue, SANEF is launching a programme to assist selected print and broadcast community media organisations to map out their online media strategies and to develop sustainable websites, workflows, and other digital media platforms.

The programme will also assist newsrooms to enhance their content creation and distribution practices and fully use available digital tools.

The programme will help participants set up tools and workflows for digital newsgathering, multimedia production, content management, and publication to the web and social media. Optional modules such as streaming, podcasting services, and different platforms (e.g. WhatsApp, TikTok) will also be provided.

Training and ongoing support will be provided by a help desk, the Community Media Support Service (CMSS).

To qualify, your organisation will need to:

  1. Be a community media organisation that lacks or has an underperforming digital presence.
  2. Primarily operate in the community media sector (print and/or broadcast).
  3. Have at least 3 years experience in regular production and dissemination of news content to a defined audience. Basic existing systems for gathering news and information, editing, and other processing content for publication and distribution.
  4. Have staff and/or volunteers with the necessary basic skills (computer literacy: use of internet browsers, Word processors) to integrate, operate, update, and sustain the websites, tools, and processes that they learn about and receive during the pilot.
  5. Have healthy relationships with local businesses that would be open to trying new or additional forms of advertising and partnerships.
  6. Subscribe to and abide by the South African Press Code of the Press Council and/or the BCCSA Code.
  7. Be registered as a company, co-operative, or NPO.

Applications are open until 20 March 2023. 

An independent panel of media experts will assess the applications. The panel’s decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.

To apply for this programme, please fill in the application form here: https://forms.gle/8qugv4uZuQh6H3Qx8

Note to Editors:

The South African National Editors’ Forum (SANEF) is a non-profit organisation whose members are editors, senior journalists, and journalism trainers from all areas of South African media. We are committed to championing South Africa’s hard-won freedom of expression and promoting quality, ethics, and diversity in the South African media. We promote excellence in journalism through fighting for media freedom, writing policy submissions, research, and education and training programmes. SANEF is not a union.

For more information please contact:

Sbu Ngalwa – SANEF Chairperson (073) 404-1415

Nwabisa Makunga – SANEF Deputy Chairperson (082) 555-1972

Qaanitah Hunter – SANEF Secretary-General

Tshamano Makhadi – Treasurer-General (082) 223 0621

Makhudu Sefara – SANEF Media Freedom Chair (079) 177-2134

Judy Sandison – SANEF KZN Convenor (082) 571-3334

Dr. Glenda Daniels – SANEF Gauteng Convenor (083) 229-9708

Rochelle De Kock – SANEF Eastern Cape Convenor (072) 969-8028

Reggy Moalusi – SANEF Executive Director (071) 682-3695

Twitter: @SAEditorsForum

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.sanef.org.za