Webinars

Experiences of Chinese journalists reporting in Africa hosted by Dr. Cliff Mboya

Dr. Cliff Mboya (Africa Editor, China-Africa Project) leads a discussion with three Chinese journalists, as they table down their extensive experiences working in Africa and covering Africa-China relations. Featuring: Liam Lee (Takungpao), Shen Shiwei (China Global Television Network) and Wang Wenwen (Global Times)

        Ground breaking stories covered by the three Chinese Journalists includes of:

  • Hard for US to recover PR damage in Africa after Floyd’s death by Shen Shiwei
  • Breaking the encirclement: The story of Chinese pharmaceuticals in Ghana by Liam Lee
  • Ninth China-Africa Think Tanks Forum to boost development amid pandemic by Wang Wenwen

                                                 This webinar was originally broadcast by the ACRP on 18 August 2021.

Public health reporters on COVID-19 pandemic and Africa-China Relations hosted by Eric Olander

Eric Olander of ACRP partner the China Africa Project leads this discussion with four African journalists: Lilian Mukoche (Kenya), Justice Nwafor (Nigeria); Isidore Abah (Cameroon), and Nina Mitch (DRC) as they uncover their recent COVID-19 reporting and how the pandemic has affected Africa-China relations.

                     This webinar was originally broadcast by the ACRP on 14 July 2021.

Challenging stereotypes by reporting on China in Africa with Jenni Marsh 

Journalist Jenni Marsh (Supervising producer, CNN International) shares her wide knowledge and experience reporting on China in Africa and discusses how to challenge stereotypes about China through Africa-China reporting with practical guidance and tips for journalists. Jenni talks through her reporting, focusing on the African community in Guangzhou and how to avoid falling into popular stereotypes.

This webinar was originally broadcast by the ACRP on 21 April 2021

Journalist roundtable on COVID-19 vaccine reporting, hosted by Eric Olander 

Covid-19 vaccination and nationalism is one of the major news stories of 2021. What impact is it having on Africa-China relations? And how are journalists covering the story?

Eric Olander of ACRP partner the China Africa Project leads a discussion with two African and two Chinese journalists on the dynamics of reporting in various countries and by governments on the framing and distribution of Covid-19 vaccines. Featuring Liam Lee (Chief International Desk Correspondent at Ta Kung Pao Daily), Hangwei Li (PhD Candidate at SOAS University of London), Dickens Olewe (BBC journalist and podcaster), and Uwagbale Edward-Ekpu (Contributor at Quartz).

This webinar was originally broadcast by the ACRP on 12 May 2021.

Africa-China-US relations in the Biden Era: Journalism reporting issues, skills and strategies 

In a joint webinar with the African Centre for the Study of the United States (ACSUS), Dr. Bob Wekesa leads a discussion with five African scholars to table down the Africa-China-US Relations. The webinar discusses key issues including what will change and what will stay the same for Africa-China-US relations under the Biden administration, new opportunities and challenges for African countries, and what journalists need to be aware of to cover this developing story.

The panelists includes the following:

  • Gregory Gondwe, Affiliate at the Department of Journalism, University of Colorado
    Gregory Gondwe is an affiliate of the Department of Journalism at University of Colorado, Boulder where he teaches media related courses. His research explores the concepts of persuasive messages and their effects on the news. With particular interest on Sub-Saharan Africa, he examines how individuals and groups choose to assimilate and accept news content as either true or false. His current research explores Chinese news agenda in African media systems.
  • Puso Kedidimetse, Political risk analyst
    Puso Kedidimetse is an ward-winning journalist who has worked in print media for twelve years. His awards include Media Institute of Southern Africa (Botswana chapter) Business Reporter of the year and SADC Print Journalist of the year reporting on regional integration. He is a political reporter with experience covering foreign affairs and the political economy of Southern Africa. His special focus areas include trade, infrastructure and agriculture. He has also served as a climate change reporter covering UN climate change conferences in Poland and Denmark. Currently he is a political risk analyst and working as a publications editor for a research institute. His research interests are geo-political and security developments around the globe. He holds a BA History (UB), MA Conflict Resolution (Bradford, UK), Chevening scholar (2015).
  • Dr Cliff Mboya, Independent researcher and consultant
    Dr Cliff Ochieng’ Mboya earned his PhD in International politics from Fudan University in Shanghai, China. He conducted his research on China’s public diplomacy in Kenya. He holds an MA in Development Communication from the University of Nairobi where he researched China Daily’s media portrayal of China in Africa. He holds a BA in International Relations and Journalism from the United States International University. His research interests include Africa-China relations (Belt and Road Initiative, FOCAC) public diplomacy and development communication. He has worked at the Chinese Embassy in Kenya, and the Diplomat East Africa magazine.
  • Amukelani Matsilele, Department of Media Studies, University of the Witwatersrand
    Amukelani  Matsilele is a  Master of arts candidate at the Media Studies Department at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits). Her thesis focuses on integrating drones in South African newsrooms. She is currently working at the Africa Centre for the Study of the United States as a communications and public diplomacy intern.
  • Adhere Otieno, PhD International Relations, Central China Normal University
    Adhere Otieno is a PhD student of International Relations at Central China Normal University, Wuhan, China. He holds a Masters degree in International Studies from the University of Nairobi. His current research focuses on Africa-China relations and its implications for Africa’s socio-economic transformation. Since 2012 Adhere has served as a communications officer at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Kenya, and provided communication consultancy services to a number of organisations including the African Union, and has published in leading Chinese and Kenyan media outlets.

This webinar was originally broadcast by the ACRP on 31 March 2021.

Is Covid-19 creating a media divide? Navigating reporting on China and Africa,
hosted by Eric Olander

Media coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic has played a crucial role across the globe providing practical information, holding government accountable, requiring responsible behaviour from citizens and influencing perceptions. This webinar unpacked the implications of different narratives in media coverage of the pandemic, particularly in the context of Africa-China relations; assessed the role of journalists in reporting on the pandemic; and considered tools for reporting and fact-checking. Hosted by Eric Olander, host of the China Africa Project and Podcast, and featuring Jeremy Goldkorn, editor-in-chief and podcast host, SupChina; Professor Zhang Yanqiu, Deputy Dean of the Institute of Community with Shared Future and Director of the Africa Communication Research Centre at the Communications University of China; and Oluwamayowa Tijani, COVID19 fact checker at AFP Fact Check.

This webinar was originally broadcast on 3 June 2020 as part of Wits Journalism’s #MidweekWebinars series. 

How to prepare a good reporting proposal
by Paula Fray

The ACRP aims to improve the quality of reporting on Africa-China issues by providing facilitation and capacity building for journalists via reporting grants, workshops and other opportunities. In March 2020 the ACRP sent out a call for Public Health Reporting Grant Proposals to uncover stories developing amid the COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing impact in Africa. With over 300 applications received, the ACRP invited all applicants and other interested journalists to participate in a free online training webinar on preparing a good proposal. By using the large body of Public Health Reporting Grant Proposals, this webinar assists ACRP applicants and all journalists with developing their skills of preparing winning journalism proposals. With Paula Fray (CEO, Frayintermedia).

This webinar was originally broadcast by the ACRP on 22 July 2020.

How to protect yourself and your data, Africa-China edition 
by Desmond Latham

The ACRP aims to improve the quality of reporting on Africa-China issues by providing facilitation and capacity building for journalists via reporting grants, workshops and other opportunities. In March 2020 the ACRP sent out a call for Public Health Reporting Grant Proposals to uncover stories developing amid the COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing impact in Africa. With over 300 applications received, the ACRP invited all applicants and other interested journalists to participate in a free online training webinar on preparing a good proposal. By using the large body of Public Health Reporting Grant Proposals, this webinar assists ACRP applicants and all journalists with developing their skills of preparing winning journalism proposals. With Paula Fray (CEO, Frayintermedia).

This webinar was originally broadcast by the ACRP on 22 July 2020.

Trends and recent developments in African investigative reporting 
by Anton Harber

Gone is the investigative reporter as a lone ranger, meeting in dark alleys with sources to get bits and pieces of information, like a private detective with a notebook. The modern version needs to be digitally-savvy, work across borders and learn how to process a mass of data. But some things don’t change, like managing sources and protecting yourself. This session will trace these changes and what they mean for those who do this work.

This webinar was originally broadcast by the ACRP on 19 August 2020.

This webinar features:

  • What is investigative reporting, what makes it different?
  • History of investigative reporting, locally and globally, and its role
  • Current trends in investigative reporting: Collaborative work, cross-border work, data, online tools, storytelling, transparency etc.
  • Highlights of recent African and Africa-China investigative reporting

With Anton Harber (Caxton Professor of Journalism [Adjunct], Wits Journalism). 

Regional African Journalism Roundtable 
hosted by Eric Olander

Within the advent of COVID-19 pandemic, media coverage has played a crucial role in providing practical and credible information while influencing perceptions on the spreading of the virus. Mass media channels and social media have become the primary sources of information, while also being used as sources for fake news and disinformation. This has contributed to the creation of a surgical ‘infodemic’ worldwide and an overabundance of information, some accurate and some not. Hosted by Eric Olander, host of the China Africa Project and Podcast, and featuring Aisha Abdool Karim, health reporter at Bhekisisa Centre for Health Journalism (South Africa); Elizabeth Merab, health reporter at Daily Nation (Kenya); April Zhu, freelance journalist (China-Kenya); and Nike Adebowale, health journalist at Premium Times (Nigeria).

This webinar was originally broadcast by the ACRP on 9 September 2020.