Available courses

Ethics and coverage of Labour Migration in Africa


This course will provide an extensive overview of labour migration in Africa as a means to discuss the ethical considerations journalists must be aware of when reporting. This will include analyses of regional trends and how they tie to social, cultural and economic conventions. In turn, these elements will be discussed in relation to their impact of gender identity politics. The course will highlight how journalists can report on these intersecting factors in a manner that does not compromise the overall safety of their sources and affected communities. We will make reference to the principles of Constructive Journalism as a way to intercept and correct ethical blunders.

Learning outcomes:

Upon completion of this course, learners will:

- be conscientised about the ethics of reporting on labour migration in the continent.

- be able to monitor their own practise through a considered ethical lens and with an awareness of gender identity politics.

- Produce well researched, constructive and considered journalistic outputs

Modules under this course

  1. Case Study: The future of migration in the Global South: racializing diseases has to stop.
  2. The tenets and ethics of Journalism
  3. An overview of labour migration coverage and reporting on the Continent.
  4. Constructive Journalism and Reporting on labour migration
  5. Trauma and the ethics of sensitive interviewing and reporting
  6. Intercultural relations in ethical labour migration reporting
  7.  Women and labour migration 
  8. Patriarchy and labour migration - how it affects all of us and why journalists need to be cognisant of it
  9. Ethical visual media practice
  10. 1n the Event of an ethical blunder

Robert Tachie

Reporting on Labour Migration Policy and Impact

Course Description:

A strong focus of the course will be to equip journalists with practical tools and skills to tackle labour migration policy reportage.

 Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this course learners should be able to:

●     Understand the context of labour migration policy in Africa

●     Use the set of tools shared during the course to unearth labour migration policy narratives

●     Identify and understand the structure of the migrant labour market

Modules Under this course:

  1. Introduction to labour migration policy
  2. Introduction to labour migration policy in Africa
  3. Actors of labour migration in Africa
  4. Assessing the status of labour migration policy in Africa.
  5. International Labour Standards presenting important labour migration instruments.
  6. Key labour migration instruments that have been ratified in the region.
  7. National legal frameworks highlighting good practices on labour inspection, anti-trafficking, social protection and minimum wage.
  8. What labour migration policy should not look like
  9. Access to decent work for refugees.
  10. How labour migration policy affects vulnerable groups: women and children.
Irene OderaRobert Tachie

Understanding Human and Labour Rights of Migrant Workers

Course Description:

This course aims at setting the foundation for African Journalists to understand the human and labour rights of migrant workers. The course explores different definitions, laws, and legal instruments, and showcases best practices for a human-centered journalistic coverage that is ethical and objective.

Learning Outcomes:

  • The journalist will be able to differentiate between the concepts and notions related to migration issues
  • The journalist will be able to know the main international and regional legal instruments
  • The journalist will be able to understand the role of migrants; especially women, in the development of origin and host countries
  • The journalist will be able to master an objective human-centered approach in covering labour migration-related stories

How to identify Labour Migration stories, notably during a pandemic

Course Description: 

“What makes a good story? A good story allows us to see through the eyes of another. This course will equip participants with skills to write stories about the effect the pandemic has had on labour migration. In this course, you will become part of our classroom community, not only as writers but also as readers and critics. By understanding the significance of ethical reporting and feature writing on current issues such as labour migration and reporting during pandemics.

Learning Outcomes:

  • To discuss the significance of reporting on labour migration during a pandemic
  • To discuss the ethical considerations of reporting on labour migration
  • To describe the elements of good stories, plus ways and means of writing a good story
  • To describe the importance of fact-checking and credibility of sources

Labour Migration Reporting 101

What makes a good story? A good story allows us to see through the eyes of another. This course will equip participants with skills to identify stories about labour migration, with reference to migration during a pandemic. In this course you will become part of our classroom community, not only as writers but also as readers and critics. You will learn how to develop story ideas and identify the tenets of good stories on labour migration, and how migration is affected by global issues like pandemics.

Reporting on Women's Rights

Course description

This course will focus on understanding the key concepts of gender-sensitive journalism with emphasis on the progress, protection and promotion of women’s rights in the newsroom. The training will cover issues such as the impact of gender inequality, anti-discrimination, gender stereotypes, women’s rights, gender sensitive language among others. It will equip participants, at either early or mid-career level with the critical skills to report from a perspective of gender-sensitive values and on news stories that challenge the gender stereotype.  

Developing internal gender policies

Course description

This advanced course on developing internal gender policies will focus on how individuals, private and public media organizations, training institutions and policy makers can not only develop but also implement gender policies that protect women journalists. It will equip the learners with the critical skills to create fair policies in leadership opportunities for women, sexual harassment, maternity, salary discrepancies and many other issues to ensure an enabling working environment for women journalists. 

Data Journalism

Course description

This course explores the use of data in journalism. Learners will gain critical insight on how to mine and analyze digitized information, how to use data tools, how to scrutinize and interpret data for deeper and more compelling visualization and storytelling. The course will also help learners understand the basic ideas, language and application of ethics and equity in data journalism.   

Digital Publishing

Course description

This course focuses on equipping beginners and intermediate learners with the skills to not only create and publish digital content, but with the tools they need to understand the myriad changes and challenges arising from the digital revolution.  

Accessing, interpreting and fact checking scientific information

This course will grant you skills to identify, access, analyse and interpret data as well as verify the accuracy of scientific information

Identifying gendered angles and Impact stories

This course will enable you to identify the role of gender in journalism practice. The course begin with the individual journalist and audience, moves on to the elements of a gender-cognizant pitch, identifying minefields during reporting and production, and concludes with modules on increasing story impact. 

Irene Odera

Automated Content Production and Algorithms

This course introduces learners to the concept, methodologies, and applications of artificial intelligence in journalism. It teaches on how publishers use algorithms for data mining and the discovery of valuable insights that help reshape their stories to be more user-friendly. It teaches AI tools and techniques used to automatically produce news from structured data.

Ethical Health Reporting

This course will address: How to report on health matters in an ethical way, without compromising the dignity of your sources. Addressing established prejudiced practices in health media and identity politics. 

Irene Odera

Safety For Journalists

This course guides you through various safety considerations for journalists. From physical to online safety. Journalists’ eyewitness sufferings, deaths, mass burials quarantine and so on, the stress and psychological trauma are major occupational risks for journalists. Thus, with the right tools and knowledge, journalists can significantly build resilience and reduce the psychological toll of their work. Thus, this course is designed to equip female journalists with skills, and tools to report safely.