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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.
Editor-in-Chief of AfricaBrief is Winston Mwale, a Malawian journalist who loves telling stories, listening to stories and being in the middle of stories.
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 is a lecturer in Journalism and Mass Communication and professional journalist, and his 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 a 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 Southern African Media Award in Social Accountability Reporting.
Our 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 realised – a place where the best of legacy and digital media meet, a unique fusion between the old ways of doing things and the new.
Gloria Masanza-Kanyangwa is our Engagement Editor, who 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.
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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