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Conference on Local Journalism

Chances and challenges

KAS Media Africa is due to host a conference on local journalism – bringing together 20 academics and senior editors from 11 countries to exchange views on this subject. Topics and presentations at this gathering include ethics and training in local journalism, ways for print journalism to catch up with the digital space in local news, and the challenges of philanthropy. The participants will also hear about case studies of 21 local media organisations around the globe, and discuss the future of local news.

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Le journalisme de santé en Afrique francophone à l'époque du Covid-19 et au-delà

Health journalism in Francophone Africa in Covid-19 times and beyond

KAS Media Africa organise une conférence  sur le journalisme de santé avec un accent particulier sur l'Afrique francophone. L'événement, qui aura lieu à Dakar, au Sénégal, du 20 au 23 janvier, réunira 20 participants d'Afrique et d'ailleurs - journalistes, experts et autres acteurs du domaine de la santé et de la médecine. 

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10th KAS E-lection Bridge Conference - Gaborone, Botswana

Building a bridge between the players in modern political communication, from Africa and abroad, amid the pandemic.

KAS Media Africa hosts the 10th edition of the leading meeting on political communication and campaigning strategies on the continent. The event has an impressive speaker line-up. Panel discussions will offer an additional opportunity for communication experts, political scientists, and politicians to exchange views.

Book presentation

Pioneers, Rebels, and a few Villains

150 Years of Journalism in Eastern Africa

This 310-page publication discusses the defining moments, key events, phases and some faces and personalities that have - however differently - inspired, or contributed to, the growth of journalism in Eastern Africa since 1871. The book , spanning 13 chapters and authored by journalists from across the region, covers 16 nations.

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KAS Conference on Political Speech Writing

Political speech writers exchange notes and share insights


What are finance and economics about – Mombasa, Kenya

An exchange between senior media practitioners from 14 countries

Finance and economics journalism is extremely important. For this reason, KAS Media Africa has invited business editors, senior reporters and other experts to exchange with colleagues from other countries to discuss ways to improve the quality of business media on the continent and abroad.


Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation Open Day 2021

„Politics and trust“

The work of the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation: focusing on participation, representation, security, and innovation.


E-lection Bridge Academy 2021 – Grand-Bassam, Côte d’Ivoire

KAS E-lection Bridge Academy

KAS Media Africa will gather 14 young politicians, from English-speaking and Francophone countries in Africa, to this year’s KAS E-lection Bridge Academy. Following up on previous years’ Academy editions, 2021 will mark the first time that this programme – workshop and online modules – will be held in a bilingual environment.

Book presentation

Hounded: African Journalists in Exile

Good journalism requires courage

Exile is not a new thing for African writers. The majority of contributors to "Hounded: African Journalists in Exile" remain in hiding to date. That speaks volumes. Hounded is a collection of 16 autobiographical accounts of exiled editors, reporters, bloggers and other media workers from West, Central, East and Southern Africa.

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Tackling Misinformation on WhatsApp in Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal and South Africa

Effective Strategies in a time of Covid-19

This publication brings to the fore misinformation about Covid-19 as witnessed by WhatsApp users in Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal and South Africa.

KAS Media Africa Launches “Why Journalism – Stories from News Reporters in Africa”

14 journalists tell why they chose the profession despite all odds

In May, KAS Media Africa launched in Johannesburg, South Africa, an anthology of stories written by journalists from across the African continent. These journalists explain why they do what they do, despite the fact that they could look for greener pastures with fewer threats and better working hours.

KAS Media Africa Local Journalism Award Winners for 2022 Visit Local Newsrooms in Germany

Prizewinners show that local journalism is alive in Africa

That local journalism has a future, was the slogan, that the three winners of the KAS Media Africa Award for Local journalism 2022 heard while on their prize-winning trip to Germany.

KAS Media Africa Conference on Media and Insurgency Held on the Historical Island of Gorée, Dakar

Senior Media Practitioners Meet to Discuss the Position and Role of the Media in the Conversation about Insurgency

In March 2023, KAS Media returned to Gorée Island to host a conference about the threat of terrorism on the African continent and the role of the fourth estate in covering the apparent increase of insurgency in various regions. 10 senior journalists from countries including Kenya, South Africa, Mali, Senegal and Nigeria gathered to share the experiences of their particular communities and the way in which media covers insurgency.


Senior Business Editors Attend Business Journalism Conference in Lusaka, Zambia

Deliberations on Challenges of Being a Business Reporter and Illustrating Business Journalism in Africa

In February 2023, KAS Media Africa hosted its second Business Journalism Conference in Lusaka, Zambia. In attendance were 14 participants from Angola, Ethiopia, Germany, Malawi, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Zambia.

Three African Local Journalists win KAS Media Africa Award for Local Journalism

The award winners expose grievances in Africa with their reportages

Local journalism is very important for many African media. News from the immediate environment creates a bond between readers and listeners and a newspaper or radio station. It is all the more surprising that many local journalists are poorly paid, their work is hardly valued by many publishers and they often face hostility from local dignitaries about whom they report critically.


Newsroom Managers from Across the African Continent Meet to Share Experiences and Gain Insight

In November 2022, KAS Media Africa and the Graduate School of Media and Communications (GSMC) at the Aga Khan University conducted their first conflict management in newsrooms course held in Nairobi, Kenya. 15 Newsroom managers from Zimbabwe, Uganda, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana, South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, The Gambia, Rwanda and Malawi, beat out over 150 applicants from the continent to be part of the first cohort of the course.

How to rejuvenate Public Service Broadcasting in Africa KAS Media Africa Conference in Addis Ababa

Experts from across Africa meet to discuss challenges and opportunities in public Service Broadcasting

Public Service Broadcasters (PSBs) have resources, they are heard nationwide and they have well trained journalists, says Joseph Warungu, formerly of the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation, later of the BBC, where for years he was the head of the famous Focus on Africa magazine.

African Fact-checkers on KAS-Dialogue Programme in Berlin and Brussels

KAS Media Africa Supports African Fact-Checkers as they Meet Colleagues in Berlin and Brussels

That dialogue with social networks seems to be as difficult in Europe as it is in Africa, was one of the findings that fact-checkers from South Africa, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Ghana and Senegal made on a recent KAS-study tour to Berlin and Brussels in late August 2022.

KAS Media Africa at IPI-World Congress in New York

KAS Media Africa joined journalists from across the world in New York in September 2022

KAS Media Africa participated at the 72nd International Press Institute (IPI) World Congress with Motunrayo Alaka of the Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism in Lagos, Nigeria and Nwabisa Makunga of the Sowetan in South Africa as speakers.

International Press Institute – Africa Mission 2022

KAS Media Africa supports the IPI on a fact-finding mission to Botswana, Mozambique and South Africa

IPI delegation and KAS Media Africa team visit southern Africa to assess and report back on the state of press freedom in the region.