Media and Journalism in Africa: Transformations and Challenges

Continuing education course (11/12 June 2021, online)

Online course: Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this course takes place online.

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.

Online-Kurs: Dieser Kurs findet wegen der Covid-19-Pandemie online statt.

Online-Kurs: Dieser Kurs findet wegen der Covid-19-Pandemie online statt.

  • 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

This course will take place online.

11 June 2021, 9am-5pm
12 June 2021, 9am-5pm


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