Media and Journalism in Africa: Transformations and Challenges

Weiterbildungskurs (11.12. Juni 2021)

The media landscape across Africa is undergoing rapid and fundametal change. Social and political transformation, new local and global actors, in particular China, as well as the spread of digital and mobile communication technology are re-shaping the media sector and revolutionising the working conditions for journalists. 

The focus of this course is on the most important characteristics, developments and continuities of the media sector across Africa. After an overview of the distinct particularities in the history of media in Africa, the course addresses the most recent developments and trends in different countries. Participants engage with the working environment and practical conditions for media production and journalism, and discuss the role of different media – print, radio and TV as well as the digital media – for African societies and politics.

  • History and regional specifics of the media in Africa
  • Current developments and trends in the media sector
  • Digitalization and mobile 
  • communication
  • Journalism: diversity, economic pressure, and state control
  • The fourth estate? The role of the media in African society and politics

11 June 2021, 9am-5pm

12 June 2021, 9am-5pm

Disclaimer Corona

The course is planned to take place on-site. However, should the current situation require it, the course will take place online. In that case, class times might change.


The course is awarded with 1 ECTS credit for the CAS in African Affairs (assessment required).

CHF 450 incl. course documentation; travel expenses, accommodation and meals are not included.

Additional fee for assessment (required for ECTS credits): CHF 60

Registration deadline: 19 May 2021

Koordinator Weiterbildung