IAJ backs up its training by publishing relevant and easy-to-use textbooks and toolkits to serve as reference guides for working journalists. It has produced and distributed free Human Rights Reporting Handbooks to journalists across the region.  This page also has guides produced by IAJ partners.


The Reporting Race conference held in October 2016 was an opportunity for storytellers to discuss how to deal with race in their storytelling. The conference was borne out of South Africa’s struggle with racism, identity and ethnicity in our media today.

(to read more on Reporting toolkit Race, Please click below link to upload the booklet).

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MISA’s – Final STID Report – ALL Countries

Please click read more below button for the latest publication on media freedom published by the Media Institute of Southern Africa. The title is So This Is Democracy – 2017 and the book deals with freedom of expression issues and the freedom of the media in 11 Southern Africa countries during 2017.

Investigating Corruption in Malawi: Training Resources for Journalists

In March 2012, Transparency International (TI) together with the Institute for the Advancement of Journalism in South Africa and the Malawi Economic Justice Network held a five-day training on investigating corruption for journalists in Malawi. The Training Resources are based on this training and include further contributions like excerpts from TI’s Global Corruption Barometer findings in Southern Africa, an article on journalism and corruption in Malawi, an article on whistleblowing in Malawi, a step-by-step manual to story-based enquiries plus a guide to reading budgets, and a case study on anti-corruption efforts in a public office in Blantyre, Malawi. This resource is meant to inform and guide journalists and civil society in Malawi on how to investigate corruption following a story-based approach.

A Step-by-Step Online Training Guide for Better Health Reporting

This toolkit is designed to share the International Women’s Media Foundation’s proven model with media houses that want to implement this type of training on their own. It contains a step-by-step guide for conducting the project, with tips gleaned from Maisha Yetu project trainers, and sample training agendas. The toolkit is designed as a guide for project managers, trainers and executives in media houses to lead similar initiatives without having to partner with an outside organization.

The Basics of Newspaper Journalism

This book, which is small, portable, and packed with concise information, is there to assist throughout the process of writing news, from coming up with a story idea, to gathering news, to finding an angle and writing an introduction, to structuring a story that is well researched and of sound ethics.

This concise booklet is not a detailed ‘how to’ when it comes to reporting. Instead, it is intended to be a quick, on-the-job point of reference.

SADC Guidebook for Regional Integration

This handbook intends to be a theoretical, historical, economic and political guidebook through the often complicated, convoluted and hardly ever clear-cut path of regional integration and development in Southern Africa. For this it is important to analyse the various regional integration processes in Southern Africa in the context of pan-African ideas, liberation struggles and the policy-shaping dominance of South Africa both during and after apartheid.

This handbook tries to put together the main themes and strands of discussion based on major publications in order to provide a readable overview on RI with particular reference to Southern Africa. It aims to provide the reader with important conceptual, factual, historical and current information, which gives orientation through fact-based evaluation and offers special information in separate text boxes and numerous tables.

Sakaza Mngani! Kids’ Community Radio Project Handbook

This IAJ resource is more of a talk-show than a handbook. A talk-show of diverse voices speaking to each other, sharing stories and possibilities. Who is the audience? Anyone, young or old, who loves children‟s radio, and wants to find out more about it. Turn up the volume and be inspired: by kids giving advice to other kids, and to adults; by mentors sharing their experiences of participatory learning approaches; by the sheer creative energy of children’s radio in South Africa and around the world.

As you journey through these pages, you’ll be invited to talk back. To relate new ideas to your own reality; and to explore what your community radio station can do to nurture children’s rights and children’s voices. There are signposts, too, guiding you to other sources of inspiration on the internet and elsewhere.

Start Your Own School Newspaper – A Media Literacy Toolkit

The intention behind this toolkit is to assist young people to be more critical consumers and producers of media as well as to stimulate an interest in media as a field of study. It is envisioned that through this initiative a platform will be set to develop media literacy skills which can be used across the curriculum, thereby contributing to the upliftment of educational standards and promotion of a culture of reading. The promotion of a reading culture amongst South Africans will extend the pool of creativity and communication skills in the country.  The toolkit aims to open opportunities for youth to become media entrepreneurs and contribute to the development and diversity of media.

Climate Governance in Africa: A handbook for Journalists

Understanding climate governance issues in Africa will help reporters to put a human face to their stories while addressing the often complex and technical issues surrounding the governance of climate change on the continent in the context of market mechanisms, policy mainstreaming, climate finance and gender. Reporters should also look out for the complexity in terms of costs and benefits, agendas and the multitude of grey areas and smokescreens when covering the subject. Such an approach will help to take the stories beyond the UNFCCC Conference of Parties negotiation events and look more closely and frequently at it as an ongoing process seeking climate justic

Climate Change in Africa: A Guidebook for Journalists

Climate change poses a clear danger to lives and livelihoods across Africa. African journalists have critical roles to play in explaining the cause and effects of climate change, in describing what countries and communities can do to adapt to the impacts ahead, and in reporting on what governments and companies do, or do not do, to respond to these threats. Yet research on public understanding of climate change – such as the BBC Media Action’s Africa Talks Climate project – and surveys of journalists reveal that across Africa the media can and should do more to tell the story of climate change. UNESCO produced this book to help fill this important gap.

Using a Database for Research & Writing: A Guide

Pen an paper may have a good feel to it, but more and more stories require journalists to use databases to write up their stories, track leads and analyse data.  This guide shows you exactly how to use databases in both researching and writing stories. This guide, written by Graeme Addison, science journalist and one of IAJ’s data trainers is clear, simple and easy to use.