A guide for journalists on how to tell better stories about Africa Imagine you’re reading a novel and you suddenly […]
A guide for journalists on how to tell better stories about Africa
Imagine you’re reading a novel and you suddenly realise that something is missing. Chapters have been removed. Key characters are ignored and events happen with no explanation. What do you do?
Well, it’s likely you’ll be left feeling so confused and dissatisfied you decide to read something else. So why then do so many news stories make this mistake? Why do they ignore central characters such as women, minorities and young people who could help them tell the whole story? This course is designed to help you take a fresh approach to your own storytelling. You’ll learn how to source and write stories about where you live in Africa and be guided on how to develop a different style of storytelling away from the political, male-dominated news where nuance, accessible language and a human face is all too often missing. Why is it important? Many journalists in Africa are trying to change the one-dimensional narrative that is too often portrayed of an entire continent by international news organisations and, in many instances, by African media itself. This course offers an opportunity to be part of the change; to tell the untold stories through the eyes and lives of ordinary people, and give them, your audience, agency in their own narrative.
- The African media landscape
- Engaging your audience
- Missing Voices
- Telling the story
- Story structure
- More ways to tell your story
- Multi-platform, multimedia
- End of Course Survey