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What is AfricaBrief?
AfricaBrief is a storytelling movement that was started in 2019 by Frontline Media’s Winston Mwale, and it uses digital tools such as newsletters, WhatsApp, portable and pocket technologies to support people in Africa to tell their own stories in their own ways. Using the Internet to share these stories with others, we are able to connect them with the people, groups and organisations who are in a position to make positive social change.
Central to AfricaBrief is the belief that people in Africa telling authentic stories about their own lived experience offers a valuable understanding of their lives. Through creating spaces in which people can describe their own realities, AfricaBrief provides opportunities in which people can use storytelling to:
1. Find their voice
2. Challenge perceptions
3. Be catalysts of change
We believe in achieving positive change for communities by bringing peoples’ portrayals of lived experiences together to influence change from the ground up via AfricaBrief methodologies. AfricaBrief has three distinct components – story gathering, story curation and story mobilisation – based around the Cynefin decision-making framework for complex environments (David Snowden, 1999), as depicted in the diagram below.
Through gathering, curating and mobilising stories from our growing network of AfricaBrief Reporters, we seek to inform policy, processes, and practice.
AfricaBrief was founded by Frontline Media’s Winston Mwale in 2019 and is the overarching entity that supports the AfricaBrief movement. The movement currently spans mainly across Africa. AfricaBrief’sfunctions includes:
· Acknowledging the achievements of our members via a badging system (i.e. bronze, silver, gold, platinum depending on the scope of your AfricaBrief activities and training activities accessed).
· Quality assuring AfricaBrief practices (i.e. overseeing our Responsible Storytelling methodology and continually developing relevant training materials).
· Engaging with the network via communications, events, and AfricaBrief reporting activities (e.g. social media, emailers, annual conferences, network training sessions).
The AfricaBrief network consists of 4 different types of members that are:
· AfricaBrief Reporters: People who have accessed to an AfricaBrief-approved reporting training programme and have been badged accordingly. They contribute to the network by sharing stories on https://africabrief.substack.com/ and engaging in the AfricaBrief’s activities.
· Trainers and Digital Curators: People who AfricaBrief has approved and contracts to deliver reporting training programmes and story curation activities. They contribute to the network by sharing their expertise with trainee AfricaBrief Reporters and developing their skills.
· Social Licensees: Individuals, groups and organisations who have a license agreement in place for them to conduct AfricaBrief Reporting activities outside of Frontline Media’s scope of work. They contribute to the network by supporting the development of AfricaBrief Reporters, developing the usage of AfricaBrief reporters in different sectors and providing connections to people, places and organizations for our network.
· Partners: Individuals, groups and organisations who we work with to deliver collaborative projects, share knowledge, and develop new practices, methodologies and training materials. They contribute by writing funding applications, providing links and connections to people, places, and organisations to the network and by supporting us to develop the AfricaBrief practices in a multitude of ways.
For more information about AfricaBrief, visit our website: https://africabrief.substack.com/
Who’s behind AfricaBrief
All the articles, news, reports, and other published content are produced by the AfricaBrief editorial team backed by our research team made up of people like you: freelance writers.
Founder and Editor-in-Chief: Winston Mwale is a Malawian journalist with years of experience across east and southern Africa-- and beyond.
He has racked up cross-continental bylines and regional awards on this journey. He specializes in investigative and solutions journalism.
A former Online Editor at Zodiak Broadcasting Station, Winston is also a lecturer in Journalism and Mass Communication, and, as a member of the Centre for Collaborative Investigative Journalism( CCIJ), he hosts the Waterless podcast, aimed at contributing to the global water conversation by giving voice to, and advocating for, everyone across the world who is water disadvantaged.
During his action-packed career that spans more than 10 years, Winston has interviewed dozens of prominent figures, including CEOs, ministers, and those considered “ordinary” by society.
Winston’s career spans many countries, including reporting live from Brussels during the EU-Africa Leaders’ Summit in 2014, covering the tourism industry in South Africa, being in Naivasha, Kenya, covering the training of journalists on anti-smoking, and covering the annual Chewa Kulamba Ceremony in Zambia.
Trained in human rights reporting by the Canada-based Journalists for Human Rights (JHR) and in investigative journalism by Reuters Thomson Foundation during the Wealth of Nations Programme, Winston now specializes in investigative, solution journalism, including training intermediate journalism and writing.
To date, Winston holds over five National Media Institute for Southern Africa-Malawi Chapter media awards, including the 2015 SADC Radio Journalist of the Year Award, and the 2018 and 2021 Southern African Media Award in Social Accountability Reporting.
Editor: Mallick is an international multi-award-winning journalist, professional marketer, former Editor at Zodiak TV, and regularly contributes to the BBC’s Focus on Africa. He is passionate about children’s rights and media development, both globally and on the continent.
His vast experience will ensure that the iHub vision is realized – a place where the best of legacy and digital media meet, a unique fusion between the old ways of doing things and the new.
Engagement Editor: Masanza-Kanyangwa has vast experience in journalism, having worked for some of Malawi's top radio stations, including Zodiak Broadcasting Station.
Gloria also worked as Press Officer for the former president Peter Mutharika.
Editor: Tiwonge Kampondeni is a focused Communications Strategist and qualified multimedia journalist with an extensive background in many facets of journalism: text, photo, audio, video with over 22 years of continuous media professional experience in different news outlets.
The professional experience and integrity as a journalist and communication expert, combined with theoretical knowledge in Mass Communication, Communication for Development, and her passion to tell stories is what has been her assert in this field of communication.
A holder of an MA in Media Practice for Development and Social Change and a BSc in Mass Communication, Tiwonge has worked in busy Malawian newsrooms at The Daily Times and Malawi News as a reporter and has won several media awards.
She has also extensively contributed to international media and non-governmental organizations, and some of her works have been featured in The Irish Times and Self-Help Africa website.
Data Editor: Liana Bravo is a freelance data and investigative journalist.
In 2020, she worked as a researcher and data analyst at the University of Nottingham.
She holds a Master in Data Journalism from Birmingham City University and a Bachelor's degree in Journalism from Univesidad Carlos III de Madrid.
Liana has seven years of experience as a reporter, working for several newspapers and TV outlets and publishing investigations in Spain and the UK.
She is passionate about human rights investigations and cross-border collaborative journalism.
We have a growing network of contributors from across the African continent (see list of our contributors) sharing their thought leadership, opinion, and practices with the African community.
Apart from our team in the office, we are being supported by various contributors like YOU, who believe in learning, sharing, and strengthening the African community.
What we do
AfricaBrief supports its community members by creating quality news, information and resources about Africa along with producing niche conferences and providing professional development for better education adoption and implementation in institutions.
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Full Job Description
Volunteer Journalist/Reporter is a position that will hold membership at AfricaBrief newsletter.
AfricaBrief consists of volunteer writers who will keep our newsletter/blog energized by sharing stories that are mainly relating to capacity development, human rights & security, sustainable development goals, research & opinion, women & youth, and volunteer stories.
However, we also welcome stories inspired by current events happening in Africa or in the writer’s own communities.
We welcome all creative topics suggested by our Writers and we are very flexible in approving them.
The position is a flexible position, which means that the tasks allocated to you must be completed on your own time on or before the deadline and you can work from anywhere, virtually.
This is an unpaid, volunteer position without any financial compensation. The position is open to citizens of any country. We always work with your schedule.
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