Find out why news publishers are using social media to reach and build audiences, apply for the World Press Institute fellowship and read bird stories that moved us.
1. Journalism trends: As newsrooms and organisations continue grappling with reaching new audiences and retaining existing ones, distribution is going to be one of the key focus areas for journalism this year, according to the 2024 Journalism, Media, and Technology Trends and Predictions report by the Reuters Institute and Oxford University. The report found that publishers are becoming increasingly interested in using social media to
publish news. Around 61% of news leaders surveyed said they’d be using WhatsApp, while 55% are turning to TikTok. 49% are turning to Google searches, while YouTube, LinkedIn and Instagram were favoured by 44%, 41% and 39% of participants.
2. Who’s funding: The World Press Institute is looking for 10 fellows who are “innately curious, intelligent and ambitious, and approach journalism with a deep sense of dedication and responsibility.” Eligibility: Print, broadcast or online journalists who’ve been employed full time for five years. Applicants must be fluent in written and spoken English. The fellowship offers funding for round-trip airfare to the U.S., program-related travels within the U.S., lodging and a food allowance. Deadline: 15 Feb. More info.
3. Training Opportunity: What would you do if you had three to six months to research a subject of your choice while supervised by an academic specialising in the topic? Mid-career journalists can apply for the Journalist Fellowship Programme, offered by the Reuters Institute. The fellowship is fully funded and covers accommodation and living costs. Eligibility: Must have five years of journalism experience and strong English skills. Deadline: 19 Feb. More info.
5. Stories that moved us: Africa’s green cement market, valued at $485.1 million in 2022, is poised for rapid growth as new technologies and investors seek to tap the continent’s vast potential sustainable construction market. It’s expected to grow at a compound annual growth of over 10 per cent, to reach $867.9 million by 2028, according to recent Research and Markets forecasts. Meet Edith Santiyia, the Maasai activist turning juicy inspiration into climate action through the Nalala Tree Foundation, a Community-Based Organization (CBO) dedicated to planting fruit trees as a means of reforesting communities. In Tanzania, Mary Otieno, chairperson of Women in Mining Operations (Wemo),
is working to influence the role of women and mining in Africa's green economy. She believes that women's roles in mining are undervalued, and that mining can be done differently. Otieno and her team advocate for environmentally friendly mining techniques and stringent rehabilitation of mining sites.