The South African National Editors’ Forum offers newsroom training on local government, municipal finances and elections reporting, in addition to a range of reporting resources available on the SANEF municipal elections portal elections.sanef.org.za.
The training is part of SANEF’s ongoing capacity building and investment in democracy and governance reporting skills and resources to ensure that journalists provide the public with fair, balanced and accurate information to rely on when they prepare for voting day.
The training sessions kicked off in August and can be accessed free of charge on this election portal.
The webinars featured experienced election trainers, experts and facilitators, as well as seasoned journalists and editors with advice on election coverage.
Please click on the registration links for the first courses, and check back for links to the remaining webinar dates once confirmed:
- How the elections work, editorial planning and election stories – watch it here and check out the training module.
- Telling local government stories with data – watch here and read more about doing stories with the local government data dashboard.
- Reporting on municipal finances – watch here and read more about what the training session covered here.
- The role of the media during elections – watch it here and check out the training module.
- Disinformation during elections – watch the webinar here, and have a look at this topic in the SANEF election manual.
- The safety of journalists on- and offline – watch here and have a look at this topic in the SANEF election manual.
- Telling stories with election data – webinar scheduled for 19 October, register here.
A new addition to the election portal is a data dashboard which provides journalists with detailed information on municipal demographics and finances, to assist them when they do stories on municipal performance and service delivery in the run-up to the elections.
Additional electoral datasets will be added to the dashboard when released by the IEC and will include information on registration levels for each municipality as well as the parties and candidates contesting ward and proportional representation seats.