As the world advances rapidly, it presents us with new social and technological opportunities. It has also translated to fundamental challenges for Tanzanian communities, which stimulate room for innovation, particularly in the media and storytelling sector.

Think of all the great minds behind new media platforms transmitting news and telling unique stories of Tanzania to the world. Talk of bloggers, animators, online TV, journalists and without forgetting the streets of Dar Es Salaam by Ngaira Mangara, an illustrator passionately telling stories of the local Dar, its people and culture.

However, estimates show that over 50% of Tanzanian journalists haven’t attended proper training in journalism. That means they are less equipped with the fundamentals of making their businesses/innovations viable. As for most innovators, the challenges have always been in between resources, funding opportunities, and the right set of skills, networks, and infrastructures to succeed. Yet, how do we merge all the possibilities around and emerging innovations to positively impact the communities and innovators with great business/technical models to improve their livelihoods?

Enters the Media Innovation Centre. Started in 2019, the MiC plays a significant role in mainly supporting the next generation of media entrepreneurs in Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda through trainings, mentorships and start-up grants to bring about media viability. In Tanzania, Ona Stories, from the 2nd cohort of the Innovators-In-Residence Program, is one of the MiC’s pride.

MiC’s Community Manager, Tully, based in Tanzania, has had some engagements with some stakeholders who are doing an incredible job in transforming the next generation of innovators and media entrepreneurs in Tanzania. Some of them are; Habari Hub, the Central Press Club, Ennovate Hub, Media Space, Cube Zanzibar, Capital Space, Sahara Ventures, Anza Entrepreneurs, and Tanzania Bora Initiative through its Kijana Voice Network program.

“We really need a design thinking mechanism presented with funding and income generation opportunities to empower the journalism sector in Tanzania,” Vicensia Fuko, Founder and Executive Director, Media Space, said during the meet-up.

There is a huge growing community of innovators in Tanzania. We need to invest more in them by providing quality training to shape their skills and prepare them for the future. We can achieve all these through collaborations in programs and not having stakeholders acting in silos. All key players in the innovation ecosystem need to create a pipeline of value to each other, primarily for innovators.

Media Innovation Centre is excited and looking forward to engaging and collaborating more with other stakeholders to support and strengthen the media community beyond Dar Es Salaam.

Let the journey continue, upwards and onwards!

About the Author

Author ProfileTully Mwampanga
Tully is MiC's Community Manager in Tanzania

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