DW Akademie in Africa

The digital era arrived in Africa many years ago, and while digitization provides new ways to access information and knowledge, this is not true for everyone. Most Africans are still unable to fully exercise their right to free expression - especially the rural population, women and young people. But the issues that affect them are key to the development of the entire continent and are the focus of media development.

DW Akademie supports traditional media, community radio stations and bloggers in 18 African countries. Our activities focus on strengthening high-quality, independent media and the sustainable development of training systems for media professionals.

On the political level, we advise government agencies and NGOs. Our goal is to strengthen media capacity, particularly among young people, since they will form the foundation of a knowledge-based society on the continent. 

Media coverage in times of drought

Multimedia Coverage

East Africa has undergone one of the worst droughts in more than 60 years and Somaliland has been one of the affected regions. To help provide local communities with vital information, 16 local journalists working mainly for TV, radio or print were trained in multimedia reporting.

Media coverage in times of drought

Training for video reporters

Participants included five women journalists who picked up a camera for the first time. When it came to producing a video report, technical obstacles were less an issue than learning a different approach. They wanted to know, for example, how to visualize a story without using too many words.

Media coverage in times of drought

Interview training

The scarcity of food and water in some of Somalilands's regions could lead to a devastating famine. With crops and entire harvests being lost and herds dying of thirst, tens of thousands of people have fled their homes. Journalists looked at how to deliver drought information to help the local population, and how to record an interview - for example here at the Waraf water point.

Media coverage in times of drought

Talking to the village elder

As part of the interview training participants looked for interesting individuals and settled on the village elder. They asked him to describe the extent of the current water shortage and whether he had ever experienced a drought like this before. The journalists required translators since few understood the elder's dialect.

Media coverage in times of drought

Video editing session

Which camera angles and settings are best? After a day of shooting near Hargeisa, the journalists learned the basics of video editing – and that discussing the selection of pictures was part of the process.

Media coverage in times of drought

Discussing the results

The journalists now want to use audio and video reporting to tell their stories and use social media networks to reach a younger audience. The participants were chosen by the Somaliland Journalists Association (SOLJA). The training was funded by Deutsche Welle.

DW Akademie, Leiterin Afrika, Natascha Schwanke, Foto: DW/Matthias Müller

Natascha Schwanke
Head, Africa

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DW Akademie's Africa Team

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Natascha Schwanke

Head, Africa Division

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André Surén

Coordinator Africa

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Julia Elvers-Guyot

Coordinator Africa

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Carine Debrabandère

Country Coordinator, Burundi and Burkina Faso

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Daniela Leese

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Jutta vom Hofe

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Sheila Mysorekar

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Mirjam Gehrke

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Beate Weides

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Julia Mielke

Project Manager, African Stories

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Asumpta Lattus

Project Manager, Women@Web

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Werner Nowak

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